The Associated Press
CHICAGO—Carson Wentz followed up an impressive NFL debut with another solid performance, throwing for 190 yards and a touchdown, as the Philadelphia Eagles dumped the Chicago Bears 29-14 last night.
Wentz showed plenty of poise—just as he did in his debut against Cleveland.
Playing in the city where he was drafted by the Eagles with the No. 2 overall pick, he completed 21-of-34 passes and played turnover-free ball in his second-straight game despite absorbing several big hits.
Ryan Mathews ran for two scores, with the Eagles (2-0) scoring a pair of touchdowns late in the third quarter to break open a two-point game.
While Philadelphia was pulling away, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler walked to the locker-room with a right thumb injury and did not return.
That was the biggest blow for the Bears (0-2), who lost several players last night and fell again after opening with a loss at Houston.
It’s not the sort of start they envisioned in their second year under coach John Fox after finishing last in the NFC North.
But they continued to struggle at home, where they were 1-7 a year ago.
“He took care of the football and made some nice, tough throws,” Eagles’ coach Doug Pederson said of Wentz.
“It wasn’t perfect,” he conceded. “But at the same time, he’s seeing things really well.
“And he’s commanding the huddle and dialogue on the sideline with the players and coaches is something that a nine- or 10-year vet would do,” Pederson added.
“It’s two games and we have 14 games left,” Fox said of being 0-2.
“Right now all our focus very quickly will go to Dallas to go on the road Sunday night,” he stressed.