Eagles got better end of 'win-win' trade with Vikings
Through five games played, Doug Pederson is correct in his assessment. The Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings trade was a "win-win." Philadelphia made the
Through five games played, Doug Pederson is correct in his assessment.
The Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings trade was a "win-win." Philadelphia made the bold decision to start No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz, despite the rookie playing only 39 snaps in the preseason thanks to a broken rib.
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Pederson's gamble to start Wentz paid off. Wentz has arguably been one of the top rookies in the NFL, completing 65 percent of his passes for 1,186 yards, seven touchdowns, one interception and a 99.9 passer rating. The Eagles are a surprising 3-2.
Minnesota has received the best four-game stretch of Sam Bradford's career in starting the season 5-0. Bradford has completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 990 yards, six touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 109.7 passer rating. The Vikings are a Super Bowl contender and Bradford is a legitimate MVP candidate.
“In our case, our first-round, second overall pick getting a chance to play this early, getting his feet wet and learning, putting us in a great spot at 3-2,” Pederson said on Wentz. “He’s getting better every week.
"From (Minnesota's) standpoint, they got a good quarterback. (Bradford) went to a playoff-caliber football team with a tremendous defense, and I know Adrian Peterson's not there, but they’ve got a good run game. I thought it was a win-win for both sides.”
Again through five games, it was a "win-win." The Vikings may win Sunday's matchup with the Eagles and ultimately win the NFC North, compete for the NFC title and reach the Super Bowl. They have that much talent on their roster.
You could easily state the case the Vikings got the better end of the deal this season. But what about beyond 2016?
The Eagles have a quarterback they can build around with Wentz for the next decade. Wentz has been the franchise quarterback they have been seeking since trading Donovan McNabb in 2010. Based on his first five games, the sky is the limit for Wentz's potential.
Wentz will go through growing pains, similar to his 11-for-22 performance in the Redskins game last Sunday, especially with an offensive line missing Lane Johnson for nine more games.
If the option presented itself, would you rather have Wentz or Bradford under center this season?
Bradford has been phenomenal through four games, but will the success last all season? How about beyond?
Prior to his 4-0 start, Bradford was 25-37-1 with 78 touchdowns and 52 interceptions as a starting quarterback in his first six seasons with the Eagles and the St. Louis Rams. In his one season with the Eagles, Bradford completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Until this season, the completion percentage was a career-high.
Bradford has been one of the NFL's best quarterbacks since the trade, but the questions will arise if he can keep it up once more film is on him. Bradford has experienced plenty of pressure through four games with Minnesota's offensive line, currently ranked 31st in the NFL in pass protection.
Through five games, Bradford has been under pressure on 35.6 percent of his dropbacks. Can a player with three shoulder injuries, two ACL tears, an ankle injury, and a head injury survive a whole season?
Time will tell who will ultimately won the trade as the Vikings are in "win-now" mode while the Eagles are "rebuilding."
Long team, the Eagles are the clear winner.
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