Six weeks after authoring what seemed like his signature play, against the same team the legs, instincts and resilience to escape danger Wentz pulled off a third-quarter play to surpass that, eluding traffic just long enough, leaping while getting hit, and squeezing off a pass to Corey Clement on the edge of the end zone that would’ve been tough to complete under semi-normal conditions.
All the Randall Cunningham/Donovan McNabb/Michael Vick comparisons were dusted off, deservedly so. And one quarter later, they all got replaced.
This time, he didn’t throw, just ran. But a tiny percentage of players ever the aforementioned Eagles predecessors, maybe Steve Young, maybe Roger Staubach could have been expected to get away from all the pass rushers around him and take off for 17 yards.
The Falcons’ offense is officially in disarray. They don’t know when to pass or run, or whom should do the pass-catching or running. Steve Sarkisian’s play-calling has caused Matt Ryan to regress. It’s good that Dan Quinn’s young, fast defense keeps playing better. They’ll find a way to score enough to squeak by the low-flying Jets.
Chuck Pagano is on the brink of losing the team for good. T.Y. Hilton, their best offensive player, is losing his mind. The defense looks lost against everything the opponent does. The Bengals have done plenty of their own bungling with coaching and offense, but they are trustworthy enough to take care of business against lesser foes with Andy Dalton in a non-primetime game at home.
The Chargers and the Patriots are two of the league’s hottest teams, but Philip Rivers is the QB more likely to be cooled off here. New England will be able to run better in this matchup, setting up big downfield shots to Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks. Rivers won’t be able to keep up after the Patriots contain Melvin Gordon.