TERRENCE BROOKS was only on the field because Jaylen Watkins had left with a concussion. Brooks plays special teams, hadn't played a defensive snap all season before Thursday's second half, but Watkins was down and the Eagles were hanging on by wind-numbed fingertips to a win that had initially looked like it might come easy.
THE METRIC for most people, when the Eagles' season began, was that success would equate to growth and good health for Carson Wentz, assurance that the organization did the right thing when it traded up to draft its franchise quarterback second overall last spring.
NOTHING ABOUT this ordeal has been easy, for Lane Johnson or for the Eagles. So maybe it is fitting that Johnson will take the field Thursday night against the Giants, all of two practices and three days into his return from a 10-game PED suspension.
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THE FIRST thing Carson Wentz might think of doing this offseason is resting his arm. If Wentz throws more than 73 passes over the Eagles' final three games, he will set the franchise record for attempts. If he completes 30 of those, he will set the franchise record for completions. That's kind of a big deal: the franchise is closing the books on its 84th season.
THE EAGLES' defense played only 48 snaps Sunday. Connor Barwin was on the field for just 25 of them, 52 percent, the veteran defensive end's lowest total of the season, well below his 73 percent average.
NOT THEIR day. Not their year. In the final two minutes Sunday, Carson Wentz moved the Eagles 61 yards in nine plays, got them to Washington's 14-yard line with 21 seconds left, and dropped back to throw his 47th pass of the afternoon.
THE EAGLES' longest run last Sunday at Cincinnati went for 10 yards, and the runner was Carson Wentz. Splashier, more spectacular failures commanded the headlines in that 32-14 loss, the Eagles' third in a row, with each of those setbacks more one-sided than the one before it.
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DOUG PEDERSON says he isn't worried about Carson Wentz, but that doesn't mean we can't be. Sunday's game was alarming, and the short, uncomfortable postgame media session with the rookie quarterback didn't provide any reassurances.
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