By rule, he should have. Alonso didn’t avoid the contact, connected with Flacco and delivered a hellacious blow that knocked the quarterback out of the game. He received a deserved penalty by the letter of the law.
First, it was an offensive pass interference on Alshon Jeffery. Then, a block in the back on Zach Ertz. Then, a holding on Lane Johnson. And finally 12 men in the huddle. Just like that, the Eagles were left with this:
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the injury, and Hooker confirmed the bad news via Twitter: “Was a fun year while it lasted. Enjoyed every moment of it. … PS: I WILL BE BACK!!!!”
But the Jaguars aren’t just on pace to lead the NFL — they’re sacking quarterbacks at a faster pace than any team in NFL history. The season record belongs to the 1984 Chicago Bears, which brought down opposing quarterbacks 72 times during a 10-6 season that ended in the NFC Championship.
The second-year quarterback diced up Washington on Monday Night Football en route to a 34-24 victory.
Wentz finished the game with 268 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception, but his strong performance was even more impressive considering it was bogged down by an awful start.
He completed just three of his first eight passes for 30 yards, struggling well into the second quarter. The rough beginning of the game included an awful interception on Philadelphia’s opening drive, which featured a first-and-33 situation that he turned into an arm punt.
But when he got going, Washington had no answers and Wentz led two touchdown drives just before halftime and another to open the second half to give Philadelphia a commanding lead.