Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Washington Commanders have to put an off-field distraction behind them in preparation of a big-time game. Oddly enough, Ron Rivera was the root of this latest stir after threw Carson Wentz under the bus in explaining how Washington has fallen behind in the NFC East.
Rivera has since apologized to Wentz and the team and amended his comments, saying he has no regrets trading for Wentz in the offseason.
Wentz appreciated Rivera’s message and both parties are ready to move on, which is good because the Commanders face a must-win game against the Bears on Thursday Night Football. Football fans aren’t exactly counting down the hours until kickoff, but these are two teams desperate for a win.
It bodes well for Washington that the Bears got trounced in their lone primetime fixture this season. In Week 2, Justin Fields and Co. couldn’t muster any offense against Green Bay and suffered a 27-10 defeat at Lambeau Field.
Even better for the Commanders? Wentz has dominated both the Bears and Thursday Night Football since he entered the NFL in 2016.
Commanders QB Carson Wentz has dominated the Bears and Thursday Night Football in his career.
In three starts against the Bears, Wentz is 3-0 with a 96.0 passer rating, five touchdowns, 656 passing yards (218.6 per game), a 64.2% completion rate and zero interceptions. For what it’s worth, all three starts came when Wentz was with the Eagles and he hasn’t played Chicago since the 2019 season.
That has to inspire some confidence in Commanders fans, no? If not, the following stats will surely do the trick.
For his career, Wentz is 6-0 with 1,443 yards (240.5 per game), a 62.1% completion rate, 15 touchdowns, just two interceptions and a 107.4 passer rating on Thursday Night Football. Even more crazy? Wentz can join Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson as the only QBs to win seven straight TNF starts, per bet 365.
These numbers obviously mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, but Wentz has feasted against the Bears and on Thursday Night Football. That’s undeniable, and Commanders fans are hoping that domination continues with the team’s season on the brink of coming off the rails following four straight losses.
Wentz has had his ups and downs this season, but Week 5 against Tennessee was his best performance of the year. He went 25-of-38 for 359 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard bomb to Dyami Brown that gave Washington a 10-7 lead in the second quarter.
Let’s hope Wentz uses that game as a springboard for Thursday night. Not that he needs it, though, because history suggests he’s due for another win, two more touchdowns and over 200 yards passing yards.
Don’t mind me. Just trying to speak it into existence is all.