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Eagles Milestones: Carson Wentz can join elite NFL QB company Sunday

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Eagles Milestones: Carson Wentz can join elite NFL QB company Sunday

With the season going into its final quarter, Carson Wentz is within reach of some pretty spectacular records and accomplishments.

We wrote earlier this week about how he needs four touchdowns to break the oldest remaining franchise passing touchdown record in the NFL (see story).

Here are a few more milestones Wentz is shooting for, along with a couple other statistical achievements to look for Sunday afternoon, when the Eagles face the Rams in Anaheim, California.

• With one more touchdown pass, Carson Wentz will reach 30 for the season and become only the sixth quarterback with 30 or more TD passes in either his first or second professional season. The others are Dan Marino, Blake Bortles, Daunte Culpepper, Derek Carr and Carson Palmer.

• With at least one TD pass and zero or one interception, Wentz will have a streak of 15 consecutive such games. That would match the sixth-longest streak in NFL history, trailing only Matt Ryan (21), Aaron Rodgers and Vinny Testaverde (19), Steve Young (17) and Trent Green (16).

• If Wentz has a passer rating of 83 or higher against the Rams, he’ll become only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to record a rating of 83 or higher in the first 13 games to open a season. Peyton Manning (2004), Philip Rivers (2009) and Aaron Rodgers (2011) also did it. Only Rivers did it in all 16 games. 

• The Eagles haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown in six straight games. If they hold the Rams without a rushing TD, it would be the fifth-longest streak in franchise history without allowing a rushing TD and longest since 2002.

• If Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor each catch one more touchdown pass this year, this will be the first time in franchise history the Eagles have three players with eight TD catches. They’re already the only NFL team with three receivers with seven TDs. In fact, only the Texans also have two. 

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Everyone knows the plan is for Nick Foles to eventually head back to the bench in favor of Carson Wentz.

Apparently, Eagles fans just didn’t care.

Because when the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales list for the first quarter of 2018 was released on Thursday, Foles was right at the top for all officially licensed merchandise from March 1-May 31.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Nick Foles
2. Tom Brady 
3. Carson Wentz
4. Saquon Barkley
5. Dak Prescott
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Ezekiel Elliott
8. Jimmy Garoppolo
9. Odell Beckham Jr. 
10. Derek Carr

That means the NFC East took six of the top 10 spots, which is pretty wild.

But it’s even crazier to think that Foles went from starting last season as a backup to having more products with his likeness sold this offseason than any other player in the league, including the guy whose job he took and who is expected to take it back. He also beat that guy who didn’t catch a pass in the Super Bowl.

We definitely saw a Super Bowl spike in this list, starting with Foles, who led all players in photography products sold. I guess everyone wanted an image of him catching the football on the "Philly Special" or perhaps something with the now famous photo of Foles with his infant daughter. On the previous list from last year (from March 1, 2017-Feb. 28), Foles was at No. 22, so we should have seen this coming. Wentz held steady at No. 3, despite the injury and missing the Super Bowl.

Here’s every Eagle on the new list with their ranking on the last in parenthesis:

1. Nick Foles (22)
3. Carson Wentz (3) 
13. Zach Ertz (17)
33. Alshon Jeffery (43)
34. Brandon Graham (N/A)
46. Fletcher Cox (N/A)

The only Eagles player to drop out of the top 50 is Jay Ajayi (45), who is entering the final year of his current contract.

It’ll be interesting to see how long Foles can stay at or near the top of the list, especially if he starts the season on the bench. But based on the way most Eagles fans have celebrated the win in Super Bowl LII, Foles merchandise isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon.

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Roob Knows: Reminding you how good Carson Wentz is

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Roob Knows: Reminding you how good Carson Wentz is

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank reminds fans of how good Carson Wentz is; despite the magical run from Nick Foles, don't forget about Wentz. Alshon Jeffery's impact goes well beyond his statistics. An unbelievable stat on Zach Ertz. And why Brian Dawkins is a truly unique athlete in Philadelphia sports history.

2:00 - Don't forget how good Carson Wentz is.
4:30 - Alshon Jeffery's value.
9:30 - Unbelievable Zach Ertz stat.
13:00 - Brian Dawkins' route to the Hall of Fame.
18:00 - Dawkins is a unique Philly sports figure because everyone adores him.

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