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Carson Wentz is playing at MVP level and still hunting for more

Zach Berman, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Football

Carson Wentz spent the last nine weeks preying on opposing defenses. He'll spend the next week hunting whitetail deer.

The Eagles quarterback will enjoy a bye week at long last; the Eagles are among the last eight teams in the NFL to get the bye, and they reached it with the league's best record and Wentz as the front-runner for MVP.

Through nine games, Wentz has completed 176 of 291 passes for 2,262 yards with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions. Wentz leads the NFL in touchdown passes and is in the top five in yards and quarterback rating.

"That's all great, but being 8-1 is what it's all about," Wentz said Sunday after the Eagles' 51-23 win over Denver. "I didn't really know what to expect with stats and all that stuff, that doesn't really matter. But I will say I've always had high expectations for myself and for this team, so we're fortunate with where we're at."

This has been typical of Wentz after games. He stands at the lectern each week and, at least publicly, is less impressed with himself than those wearing his jersey in the stands. Wentz is exacting, and he's always mentioning "plays I want back" or noting areas that must be "cleaned up."

"If he doesn't complete every pass, he's mad," coach Doug Pederson said. "That's just him."

Even after the offense scored 51 points and Wentz threw four touchdown passes on Sunday, he offered those same caveats on his performance. It seemed the offense played its best game of the season on an afternoon when the Eagles were so explosive that Lincoln Financial Field ran out of fireworks. Yet Wentz noted drives he wanted back.

Not just plays. Drives.

So what can improve?

"He continues to work at his accuracy and his decision-making," Pederson said. "And there are still little things where maybe a split-second decision could have gotten the ball out of his hand or his eyes were a little bit late 'here.' Those are things he wants to clean up. Just understanding the progression of the play, and understanding where everybody's going to be on a certain route."

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