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Eagles coach Doug Pederson sees some Brett Favre in Carson Wentz

With the 2017 NFL season now at the halfway point, it would difficult to make a case that the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t the best team in the league with arguably the favorite for MVP leading the way in the second-year quarterback, Carson Wentz.

Head coach Doug Pederson recently compared his quarterback to his former teammate, Brett Favre. Pederson used to back up Favre with the Green Bay Packers and sees some similarities between the two with their gunslinger mentality, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

“He’s definitely a physical football player. I’ve had conversations with him about protecting himself,” Pederson said of Wentz. “I had a chance to play with one of the greatest, one of the toughest quarterbacks to play the game in Brett Favre, and he didn’t shy away from contact too much either. Carson’s just that way. That’s the way he’s built and the way he’s wired. I don’t want to take that edge away, but at the same time we’ve got to be smart and he’s got to be smart.”

The Eagles currently have the best record in the NFL at 6-1. Wentz and company are sitting atop the NFC East division standings with the Dallas Cowboys (3-3) and Washington Redskins (3-3) struggling to keep up.

As for Wentz, the up-and-coming quarterback is having a great year with the North Dakota State product throwing for 1,852 yards, 17 touchdowns, and four interceptions thus far. Wentz has already thrown for one more touchdown than he did in his rookie season with an impressive passer rating of 104.

As long as Wentz can stay healthy, the sky seems to be the limit for the Eagles as they attempt to pave their way to an NFC East division title and a long playoff run.

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