By Joseph Santoliquito
PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — The general tableau is slightly robust to fathom when the blemished have been all added up. There have been the ten penalties for 126 yards. There was a Zach Ertz missed block within the recreation’s final minutes that would have spelled catastrophe. There was an interception that slipped by way of the arms of Rasul Douglas close to the top. There was an enormous lacking piece within the center, when linebacker Jordan Hicks was misplaced at halftime to an ankle damage. And there two alternatives the Eagles allowed Cam Newton and an explosive offense to win the sport within the final 2:forty three.
The Eagles didn’t play nicely general towards the Carolina Panthers at Financial institution of America Stadium on Thursday night time—and nonetheless gained, 28-23.
The Eagles now sit at 5-1, the perfect document within the NFC.
The distinction got here on the defensive aspect, forcing Newton into throwing three interceptions with fixed strain up entrance, and the toughness of Carson Wentz, who was pounded, but accomplished sixteen of 30 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns—two to Ertz and one to Nelson Agholor.
Defensive deal with Fletcher Cox returned to the lineup and it confirmed, bending the Panthers’ offensive line again the entire night time.
“He’s so dominating in there pushing the pocket, he’s one other chief within the staff that you simply lean on and he battled by way of his damage,” stated Eagles coach Doug Pederson speaking about Cox. “He was enjoying. There was no approach I might sit him tonight.”
Pederson stated the Eagles’ success, contemplating how banged the Eagles have been, particularly on protection, was not a shock.
“As a result of I’ve seen what this staff has labored via,” Pederson stated. “It’s all the time been the subsequent-man-up mentality. These guys have confirmed it time and time once more. They put themselves in an excellent place.”
Wentz took a beating within the first half. Proper deal with Halapoulivaati Vaitai, beginning instead of the injured Lane Johnson, who was out underneath the NFL’s concussion protocol. “Huge V” had his issues. He received blown out by veteran Julius Peppers on the Eagles’ first possession, which triggered a fumble. Within the second quarter, Massive V blew a second-quarter sack by Thomas Davis, when he took the within defender and he ought to have been defending the sting. It’s one thing that proper guard Brandon Brooks shortly introduced as much as him after the play.
Nonetheless, Wentz stored getting again up.
“You don’t give it some thought,” Wentz stated. “I take a look at the Floor, work out why I received hit, whether or not…