Wentz triumphant in Week 1 Revenge Tour; Wilson next?

Sep 11, 2022, 11:51 AM | Updated: 11:54 pm
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson meets with Washington Commanders quarterback Carson W...

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson meets with Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz (11) at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in Landover, Md. Washington won 28-22. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Carson Wentz made clutch throws to erase big mistakes and pull out a victory that eluded Baker Mayfield and Joe Flacco.

Russell Wilson is up next in the NFL’s Week 1 revenge tour.

Wilson returns to Seattle on Monday night to play his first game for the Denver Broncos. Mayfield came up short Sunday when the Browns beat the Panthers 26-24 on a 58-yard field goal. Flacco had no chance against the Ravens, who pounded the Jets 24-9.

Wentz didn’t face his former team — he’ll play against the Eagles in two weeks and the Colts next month — but his first game for the Washington Commanders came against Doug Pederson, the coach who drafted and developed him into an MVP candidate by his second season before both were quickly run out of Philadelphia.

Pederson made his debut with the Jacksonville Jaguars in his return to the sideline after the Eagles fired him following the 2020 season, just three years removed from leading Philadelphia to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title.

Wentz vs. Pederson lacked the personal feelings surrounding the “Baker Bowl” in Carolina, though a couple Commanders fans carried signs that read: “Carson Wentz Revenge Tour.” Wilson vs. The 12s will be on another level.

There never was animosity between Pederson and Wentz despite the coach benching the QB two years ago. They embraced before the game and spent a few minutes chatting.

Then, Wentz threw four touchdown passes, including a pair in the fourth quarter that followed interceptions on consecutive plays, to lead the Commanders to a 28-22 comeback win.

“It was very cool seeing Coach Pederson. … (Jaguars Offensive Coordinator) Press Taylor, some other guys that (are) familiar faces that I’ve worked with for a long time,” Wentz said. “I have nothing but respect for and wish him the best. And it was fun to kind of see him, catch up again and compete against him today.”

Even though his team lost, Pederson appreciated Wentz’s effort.

“He played a heck of a football game, showed a lot of composure and brought his team back and knows how to win a football game, so hats off to him and his team for doing that,” Pederson said.

It was the first time Wentz had four TD passes since he tore two knee ligaments in a win over the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 10, 2017. His fourth one in that game came a few plays after he shredded his left ACL and LCL.

Nick Foles replaced Wentz and went on to lead the Eagles to a victory over the New England Patriots, earning Super Bowl MVP honors. Wentz hasn’t been the same since that season.

He lasted only one year in Indianapolis but now has a third opportunity to prove he can be a franchise quarterback. Against the Jaguars, Wentz displayed the good, the bad and the ugly.

He showed his playmaking ability, made several strong throws and wouldn’t give up after he made poor decisions that have become too common.

The Commanders need Wentz to invigorate a fan base that stopped showing up for a few reasons.

Under owner Dan Snyder, the team hasn’t won consistently, and has been embroiled in more controversy. They need a new stadium. A segment of fans, including those chanting “Let’s go Redskins” before Wentz threw a go-ahead TD pass to Jahan Dotson, hate the name change.

There were thousands of empty seats among the 58,192 people in attendance for the season opener. However, Wentz sent them home rejoicing after an exciting finish.

Will more fans come out for the next home against the Eagles in Week 3 to prevent a Philly crowd takeover?

“After the lull there and we got a couple big plays, you could really feel the energy and the momentum in the stadium and hats off to the fans for trusting us, believing in us and staying with us,” Wentz said.

Now, it’s Wilson’s turn to take center stage for an emotional game.

___

Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter at https://twitter.com/robmaaddi

___

More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

FILE - Haruyuki Takahashi, executive board member of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic ...
Associated Press

Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor

TOKYO (AP) — Bribery allegations against a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member ensnared a third company that sponsored the Games, as Japanese prosecutors “re-arrested” Haruyuki Takahashi for the third time Tuesday. The latest allegations of dubious payments center on 15 million yen ($104,000) Takahashi and another official received from Daiko Advertising Inc., based in […]
1 day ago
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates after the Broncos defeated the San Francis...
Associated Press

Analysis: Mount Rushmore of QBs off to a rather rocky start

DENVER (AP) — That Mount Rushmore of Quarterbacks in the loaded AFC West is off to a rather rocky start. Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Derek Carr all lost their Week 3 games, and Russell Wilson endured a career-high nine three-and-outs Sunday night before he finally flashed the magic that earned him a $245 million […]
1 day ago
FILE - Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey speaks to the wide receivers during practice ...
Associated Press

Bills coordinator Dorsey erupts in close loss to Dolphins

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey is not going to apologize for the passion he has for football and for his players battling in the 90-plus degree South Florida heat. On the other hand, Dorsey can appreciate a need to contain his emotions after a video clip showed him in the […]
1 day ago
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks to the media during the team's NBA basketball Med...
Associated Press

NBA camps open; some go abroad, Spurs plan a trip to Uvalde

Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs know they cannot erase the pain that the residents of Uvalde, Texas have felt since May 24. They can, however, continue reminding the city of 16,000 people that they’re not forgotten. The Spurs are planning what they’re calling a community impact event in Uvalde on Oct. 8; details […]
1 day ago
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) walks off the field after the Giants lost to the Dalla...
Associated Press

Giants take 2 body blows from Cowboys, a loss and injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants took it on the chin against the Dallas Cowboys. Dropping a hard-fought 23-16 decision to the rival Cowboys on Monday night to lose for the first time under new coach Brian Daboll hurt. What was worse came at the end of the game. Wide receiver Sterling […]
1 day ago
United States' Breanna Stewart waves to the crowd following their win over Bosnia and Herzegovina i...
Associated Press

US women win record 27th straight game at World Cup

SYDNEY (AP) — There’s been a long legacy of success for the U.S. women’s basketball team at the World Cup. The names change over time, but the results don’t seem to. Kelsey Plum scored 20 points, Chelsea Gray added 16 and the United States routed Bosnia and Herzegovina 121-59 on Tuesday to break the team […]
1 day ago
Wentz triumphant in Week 1 Revenge Tour; Wilson next?