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Wentz looked sharp in the Eagles season opener against the Browns, completing 22 of 37 pass attempts for 278 yards and two touchdowns. But one game does not make a season.The Eagles ( from x123's blog

ST. Swell Cyber Monday . LOUIS -- Jon Lester gave the Chicago Cubs a much-needed boost.Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs and Lester pitched eight dominant innings as the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 on Wednesday to clinch a playoff berth.The Cubs improved their major league-best record to 93-52, and their magic number is one to clinch their first NL Central title since 2008. They can wrap up the division crown Thursday night with a win at home over Milwaukee or a St. Louis loss in San Francisco.Chicago secured at least a wild card because the four-game series between the Cardinals and Giants makes it impossible for both to catch the Cubs in the standings.Ill tell you, if you were in that dugout at the beginning of the game, the guys were dead on their feet, Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. To play the kind of game we did today -- really hot, last game of a long road trip -- I give them a ton of credit. (Lester) really played into all that.The Cardinals remained a half-game behind the New York Mets and one game behind the Giants for the two NL wild cards.Lester (17-4) allowed four baserunners, none of which got past first. Cubs catcher David Ross threw out two Cardinals trying to steal second and Lester faced just two batters over the minimum.Cardinals outfielder Brandon Moss called Lester one of the best in the game.Today was one of those days were he had both working and he wasnt missing over the middle and he was even throwing some curveballs and change-ups to keep you off of everything, Moss said.Lester improved to 7-0 with a 1.02 ERA in his last nine starts. He also helped his cause at the plate with an RBI single in the third.Im just trying to give a good at-bat, Lester said. He elevated a changeup for me and I got it far enough out there to give us a run.Rizzos two-run homer in the ninth gave him 31 homers and 101 RBI on the season. He is the second Cubs left-handed hitter in franchise history to post multiple 30 home run and 100 RBI seasons (Billy Williams did it in 1965, 1970 and 1972).Billy Williams, his numbers speak for himself and hes done it so many years, so its a really good feeling, Rizzo said.Ross two-run homer in the fifth snapped a 0-for-8 streak and it was his first home run since Aug. 17.St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez (14-8) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.Martinez started off strong, striking out the side in the first and four of the first six batters he faced. Five of his nine strikeouts came on called third strikes. He entered the game having allowed just 12 homers this season and his home run per nine innings average of 0.63 was second in the National League to the Mets Noah Syndergaard (0.52).Ross home run was just third by a right-handed batter against Martinez, who had his four winning decisions streak snapped.The loss dropped the Cardinals home record to 33-41, assuring St. Louis of its first losing record at home since 1999 when it played in Busch Stadium II.While clinching at least a wild card spot is nice, the Cubs look forward to wrapping up the division at home this weekend, preferably tomorrow.Lets do it, Maddon said. The sooner, the better. Then we can make our appropriate plans going forward and really set things up to make our best push.TRAINERS ROOMCardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (right shoulder inflammation) was activated from the disabled list and will pitch out of the bullpen ... OF Matt Holliday (fractured right thumb) is expected to take live batting practice later this week. . RHP Trevor Rosenthal (right shoulder inflammation) could be activated from the DL tomorrow.UP NEXTCubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-1, 3.67 ERA) will kick off a four-game series as Chicago hosts Milwaukee on Thursday. The Brewers counter with RHP Jimmy Nelson (14-7, 4.42 ERA)Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (11-8, 4.45) will look to build on a one run, eight inning performance in his last start as St. Louis travels to San Francisco for a four-game series Thursday. RHP Johnny Cueto (15-5, 2.90) will start for the Giants. Hydro Flask Black Friday . Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services. Cheap Hydro Flask . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- One quarterback to another, Jay Cutler complimented Carson Wentz on Friday for having the wherewithal to start Week 1 as a rookie.Like Wentz, Cutler is a former first-round pick, going No. 11 overall to the Denver Broncos in 2006.Unlike Wentz, however, Cutler had the good fortune of watching from the sidelines until the final five games that year.I mean I had the luxury of being able to sit and watch Jake Plummer, Cutler said. I was on a really veteran team and I was able to sit for most of the season and kind of learn and kind of figure it out and then got thrown in there later on. To play right off the bat coming in, these guys that get drafted -- theyre probably a little bit better prepared than we were 10, 12 years ago. They see more looks. The whole predraft process is so involved now, but you still have to go out there and strap it up and play and its not easy.Former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan exercised some patience with Cutler, but expectations were still high. Denver drafted Cutler to be their quarterback of the future, and the same line of thinking applies to Wentz, who went second overall to Philadelphia out of North Dakota State, where he led the Bison to back-to-back NCAA Division I FCS national championships.From that perspective, Cutler knows exactly what Wentz will encounter on a daily basis.Its difficult, Cutler said. I think hes in a good sppot. Swell Black Friday Sale. I think [Eagles coach] Doug [Pederson] understands that position really well and you cant lean on that guy that much early on. It has to be a team sport. You have to put him in position to be successful and you have to hope that your offense is going to grow together for two or three years, because changing coaches, changing offensive coordinators is hard on a young quarterback.Wentz looked sharp in the Eagles season opener against the Browns, completing 22 of 37 pass attempts for 278 yards and two touchdowns. But one game does not make a season.The Eagles (1-0) face a stiffer challenge against the Bears (0-1) at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football.And as Cutler can also attest, there are several variables a quarterback must adjust to when making the leap from college to the NFL.I think everyone talks about the speed, Cutler said. Playing [at Vanderbilt] in the SEC, I think that prepared me a little bit better for the speed of the game. Because the guys on your side in college are faster as well. I think its just the intensity of the game plan, how much is involved there, the checks, the defense, the way its disguised. 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