October 24, 2017 / 6:06 AM / 2 months ago

Wentz carves up Redskins as Eagles win fifth in row

(The Sports Xchange) - Carson Wentz threw touchdown passes to four different players, catapulting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Washington Redskins 34-24 on Monday.

Oct 23, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette (58) grabs the facemark of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) as he scrambles with the ball during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Wentz connected with wide receiver Mack Hollins for 64 yards, threw a 4-yard strike to tight end Zach Ertz and a 9-yard pass to undrafted free agent running back Corey Clement.

Wentz’s fourth score came on a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor for a 31-17 lead with 11:10 remaining.

Wentz has already thrown 17 touchdown passes through seven games, one more than he had all of last season. He finished the night 17 of 25 for 268 yards with one interception.

The Eagles (6-1) won their fifth straight. The Redskins (3-3) dropped into a second-place tie in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.

Washington got within 24-17 when quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Reed late in the third quarter. Philadelphia came right back and extended its lead to two touchdowns.

The news was not all good for the Eagles, however, as left tackle Jason Peters was carted off the field with a leg injury with 14:06 remaining in the third quarter.

Philadelphia was leading 17-10 when Peters got tangled up with defensive lineman Ziggy Hood. Peters’ leg appeared to bend awkwardly, and the veteran had an air cast placed on it before heading out on a cart. Peters, a nine-time Pro Bowl tackle, did not return.

Rookie kicker Jake Elliott’s 42-yard field goal with 6:19 left gave the Eagles a 34-17 lead. Cousins’ third touchdown pass, his second to Reed, this one for 12 yards, cut the deficit to 34-24 with 3:17 left.

Cousins completed 30 of 40 passes for 303 yards with one interception.

The Redskins drove 66 yards on eight plays on their first possession but settled for a 27-yard field goal from Nick Rose for an early 3-0 lead.

Following some sloppy play through the first quarter, the Eagles put together a solid drive and it resulted in a 50-yard field goal from Elliott with 13:15 remaining in the second to tie the game at 3.

It was Elliott’s 11th consecutive field goal and his fourth from 50 yards or longer this season.

Washington responded quickly and capped a seven-play, 81-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to running back Chris Thompson for a 10-3 advantage with 9:14 left in the first half. Eagles linebacker Najee Goode got turned around, allowing Thompson to walk into the end zone untouched.

Wentz struggled mightily through most of the first half, going 3 of 8 for 30 yards and three sacks. But Wentz showed some toughness and lofted a beautiful 64-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Hollins to tie the game at 10 with 3:19 remaining.

With 22 seconds left in the half, Wentz continued his improved play and tossed his second touchdown pass, this time a 4-yard strike to Ertz for a 17-10 lead.

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