NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, shown in action last Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field, will likely pose problems for the Patriots defense this Sunday.

Eagles signal-caller Carson Wentz has thrown 15 TD passes in 2019, and his mobility is a challenge.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots’ defense had its hands full in its last game with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. The second-year quarterback threw for only 163 yards against the Patriots, but he totaled three touchdowns (one passing and two rushing) as the Pats suffered their first defeat of 2019.

Although Jackson’s unique athleticism is unmatched throughout the NFL, the Pats defense will attempt to rebound against another solid quarterback who’s not afraid to use his legs to extend plays in Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz.

“He’s a good quarterback. He can do it all — good arm, athletic, can extend plays, tough kid, can run if he needs to, can make all the throws, get the ball down the field, gets the ball to all his receivers,” said head coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday. “(He) uses the backs, tight ends and receivers based on who’s open, his route progression. He’s good at reading defenses. They give him a lot of responsibility at the line of scrimmage to change plays or adjust plays. There’s some checking going on there and so forth. So, looks like he’s pretty good at everything — a pretty accomplished guy.”

This will mark the first time the Patriots have seen Wentz. The fourth-year quarterback looked like an MVP candidate in 2017 prior to suffering a torn ACL. That year he was named to his first Pro Bowl. Since then, it’s been a battle for Wentz to regain his form, but he’s having a solid 2019 season with 2,060 passing yards to go with 15 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Wentz’s 15 passing touchdowns is one more than Tom Brady and tied with Jackson for 10th in the NFL.

On the ground, Wentz has rushed for 144 yards. There are a handful of plays each game where Wentz rolls out of the pocket and attempts to hurt a defense with his feet. Two weeks ago, he rushed eight times for 35 yards (4.4 yards per carry) against the Buffalo Bills.

In the end, it should be a solid challenge for this Patriots defense looking to rebound.

“He’s a good quarterback. He can throw from anywhere,” Belichick said. “The longer the play extends, the harder it is to cover, but he can make all the throws in the pocket too. I think that’s an issue.”