By: Kylan Watson
On Sunday, September 25th, 2016 the battle of Pennsylvania took place between the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Eagles slaughtered the Steelers on their first prime time afternoon game of the 2016 season. The Eagles were led by talented rookie Carson Wentz, who again showed poise in his first big match-up against a powerhouse team.
Wentz led the Eagles to a 34-3 slaughter of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wentz once again displayed his veteran like poise in the pocket. During one play Wentz was able to escape a sack attempt and throw a perfect pass on the move to running back Darren Sproles for a 75 yard Touchdown pass. Wentz completed 23 out of 31 passes The Steelers defense looked like it was standing still as Wentz and the Eagles offense expertly dissected the Steelers. Wentz was also helped by the newly revamped Eagles defense which sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger four times, and also forced two turnovers against the Steelers offense.
Wentz was not the only rookie who had an impressive showing against the Steelers. Rookie running back Wendell Smallwood also took advantage of his opportunity to play against the Steelers. Smallwood rushed for 79 yards and scored his first touchdown of his NFL career. Smallwood took advantage of an ankle injury to Eagles primary running back Ryan Matthews. Smallwood had a very good debut and made a big statement that he should be more involved in the Eagles’ offense and get more carries.
The Eagles beat the Steelers in all three phases of the game. This game was supposed to be a test for the Eagles and it seems like they passed with flying colors. Wentz is a legitimate star in this league and under his leadership and the coaching of Doug Pederson. The Eagles look unstoppable on offense and Defensive Coordinator, Jim Schwartz has the Eagles looking like a defensive juggernaut. The Eagles are off this week, but they have a big game next week against the Minnesota Vikings.