Carson Wentz had a hot start to his NFL career, but things slowed down a bit over the past couple of weeks. He knew that he had quite the challenge in going up against the Seattle Seahawks defense, but he had no idea that Russell Wilson was going to be a receiving threat. On Sunday afternoon, the Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 26-15, as reported by ESPN.
No quarterback in the history of the Seattle Seahawks has ever caught a touchdown pass before Sunday. Russell Wilson changed all of that when Pete Carroll decided to call for a trick play against the Philadelphia Eagles. What initially looked like a reverse play for Doug Baldwin ended up with the wide receiver tossing the ball into the end zone to Wilson.
The play was not something that the Seattle Seahawks drew up on the fly. Doug Baldwin revealed after the game that Pete Carroll had implemented that into the playbook a couple of weeks ago. Baldwin also noted that he had been asking the Seahawks head coach to finally unleash that during a game.
Russell Wilson was already considered a weapon for the Seattle Seahawks, but Pete Carroll wanted to throw off the Philadelphia Eagles a bit more.
Doug Baldwin was highly complimenting towards his quarterback. He stated that he does not believe that anyone in the NFL is playing better than Russell Wilson this season.
Another thing that happened for the first time since the Seattle Seahawks started playing at CenturyLink Field was that a running back was able to run for a 72-yard touchdown. That was the longest run, which is quite surprising because of how many explosive plays that recently retired Marshawn Lynch produced for the team.
Carson Wentz had a chance to be in that argument until he seemingly has hit the wall during his rookie season in the NFL. The former North Dakota State star threw two interceptions during the second and third quarter against the vaunted Seattle Seahawks secondary, which is led by Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas.
The Philadelphia Eagles passing game was definitely hurt by injuries to their two best running backs. Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews were both injured before halftime. Without those guys around, the Seattle Seahawks were able to focus more on stopping the Eagles passing game.
Injuries affected the Seattle Seahawks as well. Superstar safety Earl Thomas was injured in the third quarter. After the game, Pete Carroll stated that he did not know the severity of the injury. However, there are many that are already concerned that Thomas might miss a significant amount of time for the Seahawks. Without their ace backfield defender, Seattle will definitely need to change up their game plan. Thomas calls much of the plays on that side of the ball.
Thomas Rawls has been out because of an injury for much of the regular season. He was finally able to make his return against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Seattle Seahawks were hoping that he would be the one to replace Marshawn Lynch as their starting running back. The offense has managed to be effective without Rawls, but they should be a bit more dangerous once he gets back into the flow of things.
With the victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, Pete Carroll now has 100 regular season victories in the NFL. He might have reached that point much earlier had he not spent some time with the USC Trojans. Carroll is more than likely fine with that because his stint in the NCAA enabled him to be a hot head coaching candidate in the NFL again.
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