FARGO — National talk show host Colin Cowherd defended Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, despite a losing record and the team’s loss against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
“If you don’t get Carson Wentz at this point, I’m out, I’m done with you. This kid’s incredible,” said Cowherd, who hosts his sports talk show on Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports 1. "His record won’t show it, his stats won’t show it, he was unbelievable (Sunday).”
The Ravens had an 18-point lead entering the fourth quarter before holding off the Eagles to earn a 30-28 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia (1-4-1) has one win through six games this season. The Eagles play the New York Giants at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.
Despite its losing record, Philadelphia is a half game behind the Dallas Cowboys (2-4) for first place in the NFC East.
“We know where the division is at. We know it’s wide open still,” Wentz said Tuesday during his media availability. “This is a divisional game and divisional games always have a little bit more on the line.”
For the season, Wentz is completing 59% (138 of 235) of his passes for 1,401 yards and eight touchdowns with nine interceptions. Wentz ranks No. 25 in the NFL this season in total QBR at 51.1. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads the league with an 86.1 rating.
Despite those numbers, Cowherd is a fan of Wentz.
“He’s the anti-Aaron Rodgers,” Cowherd said. “He’s all guts, he’s all fight.”
Wentz threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another score in the fourth quarter to help lead the Philadelphia comeback against Baltimore last weekend. The former North Dakota State standout scored on a 1-yard run to cut the Baltimore lead to 30-28 with 1 minute, 55 seconds remaining. The Eagles, however, couldn’t convert the two-point conversion that would have tied the score.
Wentz completed 21 of 40 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens and also rushed for 49 yards and a TD on five attempts.
In presenting his case for Wentz, Cowherd cited that the Eagles have had 17 offensive players miss games this season, including four offensive lineman. During the Baltimore game, the Eagles had their top tight end Zach Ertz and top running back Miles Sanders leave the game due to injury.
Wentz and center Jason Kelce were the two lone remaining healthy starters on the Eagles offense by the end of the Baltimore game.
“He had nothing to work with,” Cowherd said. “This is the third year in a row they’ve got nothing to work with and Wentz was just battling in that second half.”
Both Ertz and Sanders are expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Giants, according to multiple media reports. Sanders rushed for 118 yards on nine attempts against the Ravens before he left the game due to a knee injury. Ertz has an ankle injury.
“They’re both game changers,” Wentz said. “Not having those guys can obviously make it tough, but at the same time, confidence is high in the guys that are behind them.”
Second-year wide receiver Travis Fulgham leads the Eagles in receiving yards this season with 284 on 18 receptions.
“No quarterback in this league is leading their team to the playoffs last year with what Carson Wentz has,” Cowherd said. “This kid is all guts and all fight.”
Wentz has been sacked 25 times this season, the most in the NFL.