ABOUT THE EAGLES
• The Eagles (3-2) fell behind 14-0, eventually allowed 230 rushing yards and lost 27-20 to the Redskins last week in Washington.
• Rookie QB Carson Wentz was sacked five times in the Eagles’ first game without right tackle Lane Johnson, who is serving a 10-game suspension.
• Philadelphia traded five draft picks to Cleveland for the No. 2 overall pick to select Wentz this spring.
• Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a rookie fifth-round pick, is expected to start again at right tackle.
• The Eagles take care of the football, trailing only the Vikings (zero) for the fewest offensive turnovers (two) through six weeks.
• Defense has been uneven under first-year coordinator Jim Schwartz. The Eagles are strong against the pass, rank third in points allowed per game (15.6), yet they’re statistically one of the worst against the run by allowing 4.8 yards per carry.
PLAYER SPEAK: QB Carson Wentz
• Wentz, a Bismarck, N.D. native and North Dakota State product, became the Eagles’ starter when Sam Bradford was traded to Minnesota in September.
• Through five games, Wentz has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,186 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception.
• It took 134 passes before Wentz threw his first NFL interception, which sealed the Eagles’ loss to the Lions on Oct. 9.
• On facing the ‘‘hometown’’ Vikings: “I think a lot of people back home, especially ever since I was named the starter, have been like, ‘I’m going to be torn on that Sunday when you guys play the Vikings.’ It’s funny, because they are kind of the main team people root for back home. They’ll be torn who to root for.”
• On learning under Bradford: “Sam has been exposed to a number of different systems and offenses, so he had a lot of good input with this offense and teaching points for me.”
COACH SPEAK: Doug Pederson
• Pederson was hired this offseason as Eagles head coach after serving as Kansas City’s offensive coordinator from 2013 to ’15.
• A former quarterback for 12 NFL seasons, Pederson calls plays for an Eagles offense that ranks fourth in points per game (27).
• On Bradford knowing the Eagles’ defense, playbook: “The personnel, you can’t worry about that; he knows our team and he knows our players. There’s some things [changed] with the scheme, some calls, some signals and things like that.”
• On Wentz’s struggles last week in Washington: “He’s learning every week and you’ve seen some things the last couple of weeks we have to get better at and he knows that. It’s all part of the learning curve.”
• On facing the Vikings’ pass rush: “It starts with the defensive line. Nineteen sacks and I think 17 of them coming from that group. It’s an explosive group. They pride themselves on getting off the ball, and [they] time the snap count extremely well.”