PHILADELPHIA – Carson Wentz stood tall in a collapsing pocket and kept making plays with his arm or legs.
Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
"You step up and go into make-a-play mode," Wentz said after making one highlight play after another in front of a national audience while cementing his status as a first-half MVP candidate.
The second-year quarterback threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.
Kirk Cousins threw for 303 yards and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).
"Carson made some unbelievable plays there in crunch-time situations," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "We lost, and it wasn't good enough by anybody, offensively. But Kirk competed and made some great throws, some great plays."
The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before the former North Dakota State quarterback hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.
That got the offense rolling.
Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.
After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series.
Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.
While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.
Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.
"That's what makes him so special," right tackle Lane Johnson said. "He has great field vision, and he's got something a lot of guys don't have."
Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.