Ertz, that’s something more encouraging. Carson Wentz to Zach Ertz was the Eagles bread and butter. It’s what you could always rely on in the offense. A drag, a slant, crossing routes, red zone plays, they were always there.
Just not this season. Finally, Sunday was different.
The Eagles Feed Ertz, and the Eagles are Flying Into the Bye
Ertz had nine catches for 103 yards and a score, being targeted 11 times. His previous three games, he had eight catches for 112 yards and no TDs. For all the talk of the flash and dazzle from Philly with Wentz having a new corps of receivers to throw to, If Philadelphia is going to have a chance down the stretch, the Wentz to Ertz connection has to be clicking. Injuries and ineffectiveness to the wideouts have made the QB/TE combo getting back on the same page crucial in order to stay relevant in playoff conversation.
For his part, Wentz also looked a little better. Using Ertz more, Wentz looked more comfortable, even I’d acting only as a gage manager. As we’ve said previously, MVP Carson will need to shows up at some point this year for the birds to have any sort of deep run, but Chicago was not the game to force it. This game was one to do exactly what the Eagles did, be the better team, not the flashier team.
Why, you ask? Philadelphia needed a good performance heading into the bye, given the gauntlet coming on the other side of it. Weeks 11 and 12 see New England and Seattle visit The Linc. Getting back to basics and what you do best in front of those two games was critical to any sort of potential sustained success.
Oh, now it’s time for MVP Wentz to show up, too.