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Kraft dishes praise to Welker, Green-Ellis

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Kraft dishes praise to Welker, Green-Ellis

PALM BEACH -- Conversations on a long-term extension for Wes Welker seem likely this week at the NFL Owner's Meetings.

Welker's agent, David Dunn, is here and Patriots owner Robert Kraft noted Tuesday, "Well, our personnel people are here . . ."

The question about whether negotiations with the franchised wide receiver will pick up gave Kraft a portal into showering Welker with affection.

"I'm happy he's part of our team this year and I hope he'll be part of our team long term. He represents everything we love," said Kraft.

Kraft also had warm words for BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Patriots running back that signed with the Bengals last week.

"BenJarvus, I'm so sorry that he left us," Kraft said to a Cincinnati reporter. "You're getting a gem. He was one of the finest players to come through our system. He never fumbled once in four years, I think, over 600 carries. He's a gentleman, he's a hard worker and I'm just sorry you paid him more than we were willing to pay him."

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

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