Goff and Wentz: Joined at the hype

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Pederson named Wentz the starter and the rookie got off to a fast start, leading the Eagles to three consecutive wins, including a 34-3 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Wentz started every game during a 7-9 season, completing 63 percent of his passes for 3,782 yards and 16 touchdowns, with 14 interceptions. He was sacked 33 times.

He has built on the experience this season, completing 61 percent of his passes for 3,005 yards and a league-high 29 touchdowns, with six interceptions.

Goff has been impressed by "everything" Wentz is doing.

"Especially his ability to extend plays and make plays outside the pocket," Goff said. "I know that's always something he was always really good at and is continuing to get really good at.

"A lot of respect for him and what he's done. He's one guy who has really worked his way into everything he's earned ... and expecting him to continue to keep getting better."

With their play this season, the two young quarterbacks are raising their already high profiles.


Wentz is the leading vote-getter by fans among all players for the Pro Bowl. Goff ranks ninth.

The result of their shared 2016 draft saga has worked out well for both.

"We both ended up where we're supposed to be and in great situations," Wentz said, "and I think they're perfect fits for both of us."

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