Eagles hold off feisty Colts, as Carson Wentz looks solid in 2018 debut
The Philadelphia Eagles are now 2-1, with their starting quarterback back and appearing to be in good form.
Carson Wentz wasn’t perfect in his 2018 debut, but he finished the 20-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts completing 25-of-37 passes for 255 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Coming off a torn ACL that ended his 2017 season, Wentz looked pretty good all things considered.
This was a one-score game throughout, and the Colts had a chance to win it at the buzzer with a midfield Hail Mary attempt. Interestingly, it was Colts backup QB Jacoby Brissett — not starter Andrew Luck, who had played the entire game prior to the final play — whose final pass fell incomplete in the end zone.
The Eagles moved to 2-1. They netted 379 yards of offense but trailed late in the fourth quarter prior to Wendell Smallwood’s touchdown putting them in front for good.
Wentz started hot, completing five of his first seven passes for 55 yards on the opening drive. It culminated in a strike to rookie tight end Dallas Goedert for a touchdown to cap a 12-play, 79-yard drive and a 7-0 lead early. The Eagles added 10 more points on two second-half drives that each went 75 yards, but it was otherwise a hot-and-cold performance overall.
Interestingly, Wentz didn’t complete a pass to a wide receiver until 7:29 left in the second quarter. Wentz did show pretty good pocket movement and no signs of limitations with his left knee. But there was some rust as the Eagles failed to score on back-to-back drives at any point.
On the Eagles’ game-winning drive, Wentz finished strong. He took two sacks but also completed 8-of-8 passes for 65 yards to set up Smallwood’s score. The Colts also contributed by wiping out two incompletions with defensive penalties.
But it was an encouraging start for a quartback seeing his first game action in 287 days.