Carson Wentz's numbers have dipped, but Eagles keep winning

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Carson Wentz's numbers have dipped, but Eagles keep winning

Carson Wentz's declining production probably isn't a sign of trouble on the horizon for the Eagles. Quite the contrary, the quarterback's down numbers may be at least in part a reflection of the scheme and how well the team is playing.

With 2,430 yards passing and 25 touchdowns, Wentz might be the front-runner to be named the NFL's Most Valuable Player at season's end. He's among the top two or three candidates, anyway. But the second-year player's once eye-popping statistics have notably dropped off in recent weeks, begging some question as to whether the magic is wearing off.

Over the Eagles' last three games, Wentz has completed 47 of 86 pass attempts (54.7 percent) for 192.7 yards per game (6.7 average) with eight touchdowns — far from MVP-caliber.

Perhaps the most concerning of those numbers is Wentz's completion percentage. At 59.7 percent for the season, he's fallen well below his mark of 62.4 as a rookie.

Wentz concedes he could be more accurate. The 24-year-old signal caller also believes some of the dropoff in his completion percentage is due to the offense pushing the ball vertically with more frequency in 2017.

That, and stats are meaningless as long as the Eagles are winning.

"That's definitely a number that I'd like to get higher again," Wentz said before Wednesday's practice. "I'm not crazy about stats. What really matters is wins and losses, but I'd like that to get higher.

“I do think it's a product of taking more chances down the field, taking more shots, being aggressive. I'm not going to get too hung up on that.”

There is certainly something to what Wentz is saying. While his completion rate is sub-optimal, his yards per attempt are over a yard higher compared to last season — 7.6 to 6.2. That's good for ninth in the NFL among qualifying quarterbacks.

More incompletions or not, Wentz has still managed to play more efficient.

The Eagles are also 3-0 during Wentz's ongoing funk, so to speak, and he's only turned the football over once. He's obviously doing something right.

In fact, Wentz and the Eagles have been so successful in the last three games, that's actually had a negative impact on his individual numbers as well. The team jumped out to big second-half leads in contests against the 49ers, Broncos and Cowboys, reducing the need to put the ball in the air. Wentz even sat out portions of the fourth quarter twice.

Those types of game scripts will obviously put a damper on volume totals such as yards and touchdowns, and possibly Wentz's MVP chances along with them. From the team's vantage point, they're overwhelmingly positive.

With the Eagles chugging right along at 9-1, there doesn't seem much need to perform an autopsy on Wentz's season at this point. But if critics are searching for holes in the ship, the quarterback doesn't appear to be the place where this squad is going to spring a leak.

Eagles fan's Christmas lights synced to fight song

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Eagles fan's Christmas lights synced to fight song

‘Tis the season.

Eagles season, that is.

As the calendar turns to December and the good folks of the area decorate their homes for Christmas, this hero decided to go ahead and win the holiday less than two weeks into the month.

E-A-G-L-E-S - Eagles! (Go Birds)

Posted by Deptford's Dazzling Lights on Saturday, December 9, 2017

This house, located in Deptford, NJ, has a light display synchronized to the Eagles' fight song.

Hopefully there’s reason to keep this light display up into the month of February.

Eagles inactives: Zach Ertz officially out for Rams game

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Eagles inactives: Zach Ertz officially out for Rams game

LOS ANGELES -- The Eagles are without one of their top offensive players for Sunday's game against the Rams at the LA Coliseum. 

Tight end Zach Ertz is officially inactive after suffering a concussion in the third quarter against the Seahawks last week. He was listed as questionable coming into the weekend. 

Ertz had his first two catches of the Seattle game on the first drive of the second half, but left the game with a concussion on the Eagles' next drive. 

Ertz was able to return to practice on Thursday in a limited fashion and practiced again Friday but was not able to completely clear the NFL's concussion protocol. He warmed up before Sunday's game but was not cleared to play. 

Middle linebacker Joe Walker (neck) is also inactive after entering the week listed as questionable. 

Walker suffered a stinger two weeks ago and missed the Seattle game. Najee Goode played most of the snaps in his place last week. 

Joining Ertz and Walker on the list of Eagles' inactive players are: Nate Sudfeld, Wendell Smallwood, Will Beatty, Elijah Qualls and Marcus Johnson. 

DE Steven Means is active for the fifth time this season.