Carson Wentz wins Philly over in NFL debut

Wentz is the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener for the Eagles since Davey O'Brien in 1939.

Frankie Sorrentino: Philadelphia Eagles 13 Cleveland Browns 10- Expect a heavy dose of Ryan Mathews as rookie QB Carson Wentz has only had a week to gain chemistry with the first team offense. The next time the Browns got the ball back, that is when the aforementioned disastrous sequence with the errant snap, followed by a Wentz touchdown, but the Eagles up 22-10. Wentz completed 22 of 37 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns. "To go out there in your first start with pretty much eight days' notice and to not have any turnovers speaks volumes about his play". Robert Griffin has made some electrifying plays in the preseason by connecting with Josh Gordon and Gary Barnidge.

Wentz threw 24 passes in the preseason before he injured his ribs and missed the last three games.

"We'll all have to play a little bit better around him", tight end Brent Celek said.

Wentz showed poise. He showed accuracy. That changed September 3, when the Eagles traded Bradford to Minnesota for a first-round draft pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018. Then the Eagles traded Sam Bradford to Minnesota, paving the way for Wentz to take over as the starting quarterback. O'Brien, who started eight games for the Eagles during his rookie season, went on to lead the National Football League in passing yards with 1,324 and earn a trip to the Pro Bowl. I just like what I see.

"He wanted to be back out there", Browns coach Hue Jackson said.

THEY SAID IT: Browns WR Corey Coleman: "We have stuff to work on". I'll have to see a slow motion replay.

Wentz had only played one full game since October 18, 2015, when he broke his wrist in a Bison loss to South Dakota. Jenkins, Brent Celek and Fletcher Cox are among the team's leaders and that play showed the importance of such roles. The Eagles converted 4-of-9 third downs in the second half after converting just 1-of-6 in the first half.

At times, there were those flashes of brilliance, like his perfectly placed touchdown tosses to Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. Griffin will be the starting quarterback for the Browns.

The only excitement for Cleveland's offense was cooked up after that when Griffin connected with WR Terrelle Pryor for a 44-yard catch that saw him leap over the defender to haul it in.

SLOPPY BROWNS: The Browns were driving at the Eagles 28 when Griffin's passed was deflected by Jordan Hicks and intercepted by Rodney McLeod. They didn't have a first-drive TD until their ninth game in 2015 and didn't even score a TD in the first quarter until Week 6.

On the game's first drive, Wentz energized the Lincoln Financial Field crowd in a manner only an electric rookie quarterback could.

FANTASY FACTS: Griffin was 12 of 26 for 190 yards and one interception.

Ware finished with 70 yards rushing and had seven catches for 129 yards, giving the Chiefs a big boost without Jamaal Charles.

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