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09/25 18:33 CDT Wentz impresses again, Eagles beat Steelers 34-3
Wentz impresses again, Eagles beat Steelers 34-3
By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) --- Carson Wentz threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, a
fierce defense shut down Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and the
Philadelphia Eagles beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 on Sunday to remain
The rookie No. 2 overall pick connected with Darren Sproles on a 73-yard,
catch-and-run TD and tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews.
After beating the Browns (0-3) and Bears (0-2) in the first two games, the
Eagles (3-0) proved they could compete with the big boys. The Steelers (2-1)
averaged 31 points the first two weeks and are considered Super Bowl contenders.
Pittsburgh was 19-2 against rookie quarterbacks since 2004. But Wentz is no
Everyone is jumping on the Wentz wagon in Philadelphia. And he was the No. 3
quarterback until Sam Bradford was traded to Minnesota just eight days before
the season opener.
Sproles finished with six catches for 128 yards and Kenjon Barner and rookie
Wendell Smallwood each had their first career rushing TDs.
Roethlisberger had 257 yards passing, one interception and no TDs after tossing
six in the first two games. Brown caught 12 passes for 140 yards, most of which
after the outcome was decided.
FAST START: The Eagles scored on their first drive for the third straight game.
Caleb Sturgis' 29-yard FG put them up 3-0. Wentz tossed a TD pass to Matthews
on the next possession to make it 10-0. Sturgis kicked a 38-yard FG on
Philadelphia's third drive for a 13-3 lead.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: After Pittsburgh's Markus Wheaton dropped a TD pass in the
back of the end zone on the game's opening drive, Bennie Logan blocked Chris
Boswell's 36-yard FG attempt.
INJURIES: Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons injured his left shin in the first half
and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. SS Robert Golden (hamstring) and LG
Ramon Foster (chest) also didn't return in the second half for Pittsburgh. WR
Eli Rogers injured his toe in the third quarter and didn't return. ... The
Eagles were missing two starters for the second straight game: TE Zach Ertz
(rib) and CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring).
HARASSING BIG BEN: Fletcher Cox had two sacks, including one that forced a
fumble recovered by Brandon Graham. Logan and Graham also had sacks as the
Eagles put plenty of pressure on Roethlisberger. The Steelers allowed only two
sacks in the first two games combined.
NIFTY MOVES: The speedy, elusive Sproles left Artie Burns on the ground by
zig-zagging his way into the end zone after catching Wentz's pass down the
right sideline near Philadelphia's 48, cutting to the middle of the field, back
to the right and then scoring down the middle.
STATS: Wentz is first rookie in NFL history without an interception in his
first 100 pass attempts to begin a career. ... The Steelers are 0-9 in
Philadelphia since their last win here in 1965. ... Eagles RB Ryan Mathews
carried only two times for minus-5 yards. .... Barner had 42 yards rushing,
including an 8-yard TD . ... Smallwood had 79 yards rushing, including a 1-yard
TD . ...
ANTHEM PROTEST: Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins and CB Ron Brooks were the only
players to raise their fists during the national anthem. Last week, they were
joined by DEs Marcus Smith and Steven Means.
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