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Upon Further Review: Carson Wentz for MVP leads midseason takeaways






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The dumb 2017 NFL deteriorate once again supposing us with copiousness of fireworks, surprises and head-scratchers this week.

The Philadelphia Eagles extended their win strain to 7 games, while a New Orleans Saints softened theirs to six. The roughed-up Washington Redskins delivered Sunday’s stunner in a highway dissapoint of Russell Wilson and a Seattle Seahawks.

Young guns Carson Wentz and Jared Goff any illuminated adult opponents for 51 points in blowout victories. Fists flew between players in both Jacksonville and New Orleans.

At roughly a median indicate of a tough-to-call season, here’s one thing I’m sole on, one group I’m still wondering about, and my biggest beating so far.

Wentz for MVP

Anyone unconvinced about a legitimacy of a Wentz for MVP speak need look no serve than a Philadelphia quarterback’s opening Sunday opposite a Denver Broncos.

Not usually did a second-year pro boost his league-leading touchdown sum to 23 by tossing 4 some-more with no interceptions, though he did so though a services of his tip target, parsimonious finish Zach Ertz. The Eagles put adult those 51 points while creation a formerly top-ranked defense, led by destiny Hall of Famer Von Miller, demeanour unequivocally pedestrian.

Wentz was masterful, regularly regulating his legs to extend plays before throwing with pinpoint accuracy. Yet his many considerable underline has been the ability to rouse his teammates. Season-ending injuries to using behind Darren Sproles and left tackle Jason Peters haven’t derailed a Eagles, mostly interjection to Wentz’s steadying presence. All of a quarterback’s behind-the-scenes work has translated into outrageous expansion both away and for Philadelphia as a team.

“He does all a right way, puts in a hours, leads a guys, says and does all a right things,” pronounced third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who records that Wentz reports to a trickery during 6 a.m. any day during a week to watch film. “He’s kind of a weird of nature. He’s intensely jaunty and clever for his distance and has a unequivocally clever arm and velocity. But his credentials is second to none. … The coaches trust him a lot. He gets a lot of space and gets to exercise a lot of a things that he wants to do. There’s a good chemistry there with him (and Doug Pederson).”

Sure, Tom Brady has an considerable physique of work and could win a MVP roughly each year. Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Alex Smith have led their teams to clever starts as well. But nothing have displayed a thespian swell and coherence that Wentz has this season, and nothing – of march – can compare a Eagles’ league-best 8-1 record.

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Questions for Chiefs

Getting a transparent review on Smith’s Kansas City Chiefs has proven severe during a initial half of a season. Andy Reid’s group non-stop a year with a 5-0 record and during that time looked like one of a best teams in football. The Chiefs are a one group that Wentz’s Eagles couldn’t beat. But given that 5-0 start, a Chiefs have mislaid 3 of their final 4 games.

It appears as if a tip is out on Kansas City. The Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys all figured out how to vacate rookie using behind Kareem Hunt, who ranked among a early deteriorate favorites for rookie of a year. After commanding a 100-yard symbol in 4 of a initial 5 games, Hunt has had a aim on his behind and averaged only 47.8 rushing yards in his final 4 contests.

Meanwhile, teams also have finished a improved pursuit of gripping Smith in a pocket. He opened a year by completing 76.5% of his passes, though that symbol was down to 61.5% during a 1-3 widen in that hostile defenses mostly kept him contained.

The other tip that’s out: gobs of yards can be had on a ground. The Chiefs have given adult 147.5 yards per diversion in a final 4 games, and 167.3 in those 3 losses.

Fortunately for a Chiefs, they sojourn in good position interjection to a 5-0 start. They lead a AFC West during 6-3, while Oakland trails during 4-5, and a Los Angeles Chargers and Broncos follow during 3-5.

Biggest disappointment

The 1-7 Giants possess this distinction. Sunday’s 51-17 detriment to a Los Angeles Rams – privately a 52-yard touchdown surrendered on third-and-33 – succinct a dumpster glow of a deteriorate this has been for a Giants. This group entered a preseason projected by some to win a NFC East, or during slightest lapse to a playoffs. But things fast incited ugly, with cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins both earning suspensions for violating group rules. Meanwhile, Eli Manning and Co. have been only as bad. The 28th-ranked offense has mustered just 16.1 points per game, and questions are drifting around a probable pierce during quarterback.

The 2-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers also have disappointed. Jameis Winston has dealt with a shoulder ailment and now will be kept out during slightest dual weeks. But even before a injury, a third-year quarterback hadn’t taken an expected jump forward, and he stays out of sync with a gifted receiving corps.

Dysfunction within a Cleveland Browns and Andrew Luck’s mislaid deteriorate with the Indianapolis Colts are among a other large disappointments, though no other team can compare a Giants in this arena. It’ll be a warn if Ben McAdoo creates it to a third season.

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