Carson Wentz threw touchdown passes to four different players, catapulting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Washington Redskins 34-24 on Monday.
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.
Sendejo suspended for hit that sent Wallace’s helmet flying
Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo has been suspended for one game following a hit on Ravens’ wide receiver Mike Wallace during Sunday’s game. The contact sent Wallace’s helmet flying and forced him from the game. Sendejo was penalised for unnecessary roughness.
The Vikings won the game 24-16. “The violation was flagrant and warrants a suspension because it could have been avoided, was violently directed at the head and neck area and unreasonably placed both you and an opposing player at risk of serious injury,” NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan said in a statement. Sendejo will be eligible to return to Minnesota’s active roster on October 30 following the team’s game against the Cleveland Browns in London on Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (No 13) celebrates with quarterback Carson Wentz (No 11) after his touchdown catch during the fourth quarter of their NFL game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. PICTURE: USA TODAY Sports