In the blink of an eye, everything you knew about the 2017 NFL season came crashing to a halt. The leading MVP candidate and one of the most talented young players in the game, QB Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles, tore his ACL and was promptly put on the shelf. With Wentz being lost for the rest of the season the Philadelphia Eagles are suddenly a team facing an uphill battle and it is almost impossible to reconcile.
At 11 – 3 the Philadelphia Eagles have one of the most dominant records in the league. Philadelphia has been electric on both sides of the football and their growth on offense can largely be attributed to the growth of young Carson Wentz. Wentz and the Eagles took the field for a high-profile match up against the equally impressive Los Angeles Rams. Taking the field, Wentz and his squad were looking at a tune-up for what would be a competitive race toward the Super Bowl. Toward the end of the third quarter, Wentz was pulled out of the game with an injury and fans instantly feared the worse. Backup QB Nick Foles took over the huddle and helped Philly to win a thrilling game, 43 – 35, over Los Angeles. In the process, Philadelphia locked in the NFC East title. Still, the postgame mood for Philly fans and Eagles players was anything but optimistic. The roster, and the franchise really, was shocked to its core.
The loss of Carson Wentz won’t immediately dismiss Philadelphia from a deep playoff run. The Eagles still have a full complement of offensive stars, including newcomer Jay Ajayi and recently re-signed Alshon Jeffery, but more is up in the air than ever before. Philly was once locked in as a Super Bowl favorite out of the NFC and now there is very real concern that the team will make it past their first match-up.
Before going down with his ACL injury, Wentz would lock in the franchise record for touchdowns in a single season. Wentz racked up 3,296 passing yards and 33 touchdowns and he was well on his way to a surefire NFL MVP award. Wentz’s growth will now be sidelined and beholden to his ability, both mentally and physically, to rehab a gruesome injury. Philadelphia will have to turn to third-round pick Nick Foles in order to try and make a run.