For the first time since 1939, a rookie quarterback started the season opener for the Philadelphia Eagles. I don't know how the game went in 1939, but in 2016 I saw Carson Wentz sling the ball like a damn angel. Going into this game I was almost as nervous as I've ever felt as an Eagles fan. Of all the recent seasons of uncertainty from the start, this season opener held the future of this franchise in the balance. The man we mortgaged the future for was making his debut, and to the shock of many a rightfully pessimistic Eagles fan, he looked pretty damn good.
Wentz never looked nervous or gun shy at any point during the contest against the Browns. He looked poised and calm in the pocket, calling audibles and managing the offense like a young TB12 if I can wet dream. Despite a few drops from Jordan Matthews, the offense looks to be running on almost all cylinders. Wentz throwing for 278 yards, 2 touchdowns, and, most importantly, 0 interceptions. If Wentz can manage the game, protect the ball, and allow Fletcher Cox and Co. to wreak havoc at the line of scrimmage, I could see a moderately successful Eagles team this season.
While beating the Browns still counts as a W, we must remember that they are, in fact, the Cleveland Browns; and I would hope that at any and all times the Eagles are at least good enough to beat the Browns. Let's see if Wentz can go look at film, repeat his dong-slinging performance, and get another W in Chicago next week. Predicting two Malcolm Jenkins picks, a Nelson TD, a DGB TD, and Carson Wentz having a new baby mama in Illinois after the game. Go Birds.