PHILADELPHIA – Rookie Carson Wentz started his NFL career on Sunday and he lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 29-10 victory over the visiting Cleveland Browns.
The Eagles scored first in the early first quarter and struck again with a field goal in the early second quarter to take a 10-0 lead.
The Browns answered with a touchdown in the middle of the second quarter, but the Eagles got on the board one more time before the half to go into halftime with a 13-7 lead.
The Browns kicked a field goal at the start of the second half, but the Eagles remained in control the rest of the game, leading them to their first win of the season.
ABOUT THE BROWNS (2015: 3-13, fourth in AFC Central): Josh Gordon is serving the first of a four-game suspension. First-round rookie Corey Coleman won the 2015 Biletnikoff Award as the NCAA’s best receiver but endured quite the struggle getting acclimated during the preseason. “You know, it’s not about being a first-round pick. I put a lot of pressure on myself because I want to be great,” the 22-year-old Coleman told ESPN.
ABOUT THE EAGLES (2015: 7-9, second in NFC East): Jordan Matthews (team-leading 85 receptions, 997 yards) headlined a young receiving corps that also added Dorian Green-Beckham, a former second-round pick of Tennessee who led rookies with 17.2 yards per catch during his rookie season (2015). On the other side of the ball, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (team-leading 9 1/2 sacks and club high-tying three forced fumbles) led an aggressive unit that yielded an NFL third-worst 401.6 yards per game overall and league-worst 134.6 on the ground.
1. Cleveland’s Duke Johnson Jr. registered 61 receptions last season, fourth-most among league running backs.
2. Philadelphia TE Zach Ertz recorded career highs of catches (75), targets (112) and yards (853) last season, although his touchdown total (two) decreased for the third straight year.
3. Browns OT Joe Thomas is the only offensive lineman in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of his first nine seasons.