Wentz trying not to make Eagles matchup 'bigger than it needs to be'
Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Commanders QB Carson Wentz trying not to make Eagles matchup 'bigger than it needs to be'

One of the most intriguing storyline games for Week 3 of the NFL season is going to be in Washington where Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz gets to play his former team -- the Philadelphia Eagles -- for the first time since being traded away by the team prior to the 2021 season. 

There is sure to be a circus type environment around that matchup this season -- especially when the Commanders make a visit to Philadelphia later in the year -- but Wentz is trying not to make too much of the storyline or the matchup. 

“I’m excited for it,” Wentz said on Wednesday, via the Washington Post. “But … you try not to make the game bigger than it needs to be. Every week is a big week. It’s hard to win in this league. And so I know once the first kickoff goes, it’ll be football again.”

The Eagles drafted Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft after giving up a massive haul of draft picks to move up and select him. Early on he looked like he was on track to be the Eagles' franchise quarterback and one of the top signal callers in the league. He played at an MVP level during the Eagles' 2017 Super Bowl season, but an injury kept him out of the playoffs as backup Nick Foles led the team on its championship run. 

Eventually injuries and a regression on the field resulted in the Eagles trading him to the Indianapolis Colts prior to the 2021 season. That experience also ended poorly as Wentz took the brunt of the blame for the team's disappointing season that resulted in them missing the playoffs following a shocking Week 18 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

So far this season with Wentz the Commanders are off to a 1-1 start, while he has already thrown a league-best seven touchdowns in two weeks. 

The Eagles enter the game looking like one of the most impressive teams in the league through its first two games. 

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