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Top Five Performances: Week 6 Against Carolina

In the 2017 season, Zach Ertz had himself a career year, being nominated to his first Pro Bowl and capping it off with a Super Bowl Championship. He finished among the league’s elite tight ends statistically, recording the third most receptions (74) and receiving yards (824) while finishing tied for second in touchdowns (eight). Ertz had a number of great performances this season, but we have narrowed that list down to his top five.

Coming in at No. 5 on Zach Ertz’s top performances of the 2017-18 season is his two-touchdown performance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. Sitting at 4-1, the Eagles were off to a good start to the season, but a road trip to Charlotte, North Carolina presented a tough defensive challenge against a team that played in Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

The Eagles emerged from the game victorious by a score of 28-23 in a tightly contested NFC battle. While Ertz did not have a ton of yards in the contest, he did snag two touchdown grabs in a game where points were a premium.

Ertz’s first touchdown knotted the game at 10 just before the two-minute warning in the first half, which led to a tie game at the break. The Eagles were able to take advantage of the first of three Cam Newton interceptions in the game to tie it before the end of the second quarter, which was key because the Panthers were slated to receive the ball to start the third quarter.

Then, the Eagles’ defense forced another Newton interception just three plays into the second half, which set up Ertz and the Eagle offense with great field position. The Eagles wasted no time finding Ertz for another score, this time a 17-yard strike from Wentz. That score would put the Eagles ahead for good, and they were able to hold on for a narrow victory, extending their winning streak to four games.

In the game, Ertz managed only 18 yards on two catches, but the pair of receptions were crucial to the victory against a stingy Panthers’ defense. This win went a long way toward building the confidence necessary to make a deep postseason run.

It was about this point in the season where teams, fans and others around the league were beginning to see the Eagles as a true contender, people were starting to realize the chemistry developing between Ertz and Carson Wentz. The development of these two really propelled the Eagles offense during the regular season, particularly in the red zone, and that was on display against the Panthers.

“[Ertz] has come a long way. He was never a selfish player by any means but I think with just his mentality and his team-first attitude, he’s come a long way,” Wentz said. “We had the touchdown to Ertz there, that was a big play. We took advantage of the short field. Something we’ve really focused on is the red zone and finding ways to convert touchdowns, not field goals, and I think we did a good job today.”

Ertz’s No. 4 game of the season would come a week later as he continued his Pro Bowl campaign against the Eagles’ divisional rivals, the Washington Redskins.

By | 2018-02-26T18:34:32+00:00 02.26.18|News|0 Comments

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