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September 13, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
Here is Domo's report card for the Eagles-Cardinals game. Click here to send in your own grades. RUSHING OFFENSE The Eagles took the pressure off Carson Wentz by running the ball 34 times for 133 yards. Ryan Mathews had 22 of those carries. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and didn't have a run longer than 7 yards, but had five rushing first downs. Kenjon Barner had 17- and 19-yard runs. GRADE: B-plus PASSING OFFENSE The best thing about Carson Wentz's debut was that he didn't turn the ball over.
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September 13, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Long before any of his teammates, Carson Wentz walked onto the grass at Lincoln Financial Field to soak in the quiet moments before his first NFL start. "I came out pretty early when there were no fans out there and just kind of took it all in," Wentz said. "Just realized how truly blessed I am to have this opportunity and to make the most of it and still remember it's just a game. " Wentz made the most of his debut, and the argument could be made that the Eagles quarterback did so because he owned the moment rather than allow it to overwhelm him. Yes, his statistics were impressive.
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September 13, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
'CITIES ARE always looking for a hero. Whenever a franchise quarterback comes along, they end up being that beacon of hope. " Malcolm Jenkins was there when Drew Brees put on a cape and saved New Orleans. He was there Sunday when Philadelphia found her hero. The Eagles mortgaged their world on Carson Wentz, a small-school quarterback from Bismarck, N.D., population slightly less than the 69,596 who witnessed his ascension Sunday. Wentz was beating Weber State a year ago. The Cleveland Browns might not be much more of a challenge but that shouldn't diminish Wentz's sparkling debut: 22-for-37, 278 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions.
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September 13, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS a moment midway through the fourth quarter that will not show up on any highlight reels of Carson Wentz's NFL debut. In the historical record, it exists as a fumble and an incompletion, neither of which played a consequential role in the Eagles 29-10, Week 1 victory over the Browns on Sunday. It did not lead to a score. It did not lead to a turnover. In short, it is a strange place to start a story about a day that could prove to be one of the more pivotal in franchise history.
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September 13, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
AN UNUSUAL musical collision played a role in the Carson Wentz era of Eagles football rolling off to a successful start on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field - country music superstar Jason Aldean and hip-hop mogul Kanye West. Eagles third-year receiver Jordan Matthews is a pensive dude. He figured that if he was going to be a part of the new order after the Birds drafted Wentz as the quarterback of the future, he should figure out what makes the kid from North Dakota tick. Matthews said he does not watch a lot of television but is definitely into music.
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September 13, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, STAFF WRITER
From Wentz it came: Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz started out 4-for-5 for 57 yards with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews, who dropped the first pass of the game. He was solid throughout, completing a fourth-down pass to Zach Ertz and a subsequent 35-yard touchdown to Nelson Agholor. Wentz completed 22 of 37 passes for 278 yards with two touchdowns and, most significantly, no interceptions. His passer rating was 101.0. Dougie Fresh: There were no glaring glitches in Doug Pederson's first game as a head coach since piloting the Calvary Baptist Academy Cavaliers in 2008.
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September 13, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
With so much attention for the debut of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, the defense under new coordinator Jim Schwartz also hit the ground running in the season opener on Sunday. Granted, the Eagles faced a Cleveland offense won't be confused with the elite of the NFL, but there were still many positives defensively in the 29-10 win over the Browns at Lincoln Financial Field. Besides holding Cleveland to 10 points, including three in the second half, the Eagles limited the Browns to 288 yards.
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September 12, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
WHEN THE EAGLES HAVE THE BALL   With Carson Wentz at quarterback and Doug Pederson coaching his first game, there is some mystery about how the Eagles offense will look. Kansas City's offense in recent years with quarterback Alex Smith could offer hints: The Eagles will run the ball, trust a mobile quarterback with run-pass options, and feature the running backs and tight ends in the passing game. Look for Wentz to go downfield, and he'll likely make some "wow plays," as Pederson called them, mixed in with some poor decisions, like his interception in the preseason opener.
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September 12, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
IT'S OFFICIAL. Lane Johnson was not suspended by the close of NFL business Friday, so he will start at right tackle Sunday in the Eagles' opener against the Cleveland Browns. "Getting ready to play, man," Johnson said after Friday's practice. "I didn't think this day would come. " The Eagles decided last week that since Johnson's suspension hadn't been announced and the season was at hand, they would file away the plan they spent much of the preseason working on, in which left guard Allen Barbre practiced and played at right tackle, with rookie Isaac Seumalo fighting veteran free-agent signee Stefen Wisniewski for Barbre's former spot.
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September 12, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
And so, with an unusual mix of optimism and pessimism, another Philadelphia Eagles season begins. The media buzz - traditional and social - is in full roar. The civic anticipation in advance of Sunday's opener with the Cleveland Browns is, like the humidity, unavoidable. The franchise's marketing machine is racing like a Porsche engine. There's nonstop Eagles talk on the radio, special sections in the newspapers, preview shows on TV, podcasts on the, well, wherever it is that podcasts exist.
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