Eagles Lose to Giants 27-17
The Eagles were coming off a bye week yesterday as they traveled to
New York New Jersey to face the 2-7 New York Giants. All things considered, the Eagles and fans alike were hoping that a much needed week’s rest would help “reset” the birds and get them on pace for a tough second half schedule.
It’s safe to say that didn’t happen.
As we all know, any division game is going to be close. The first time the Eagles faced the Giants was a few weeks ago on Thursday Night Football and they narrowly escaped with a win 22-21.
The Giants game was supposed to be a win for the Eagles. They desperately needed one before entering the tough part of their schedule where they will face the Browns, Saints, Packers, and Seahawks. Instead, the Eagles lost 27-17 to a bad Giants team. They scored three points in the first half. They were scoreless in the second and fourth quarter.
For the first time all season, Carson Wentz did NOT turn the ball over. He even was able to throw away the football a few times. Unfortunately, that simply was not enough for the Eagles’ franchise QB.
The offense went 0-6 on 3rd downs. There needs to be a happy medium between Carson’s “signature plays” and his turnover risk level. Wentz finished the game 21/37 for 208 yards and a 72.8 passer rating. He averaged a lousy five yards per completion.
The running back crew led by Miles Sanders was the only shining light for the Eagles yesterday afternoon. Sanders had 15 carriers for 85 yards and Boston Scott had a 54 yard TD run. Corey Clement added another TD – his first in over 2 years.
Miles Sanders held himself accountable after the game for a few dropped passes and his failure to pick up the blitz and provide extra protection for Wentz in the pocket, but the running game was the least of the Eagles’ worries yesterday. Honestly, I’m surprised the Eagles didn’t look to run the ball more given the success they were having.
The return of Alshon Jeffery was an absolute dud. He was targeted only once on a ball that Wentz should have completed, but instead overthrew. Jeffery did not eat into Travis Fulgham’s snap count. I’m not sure where that narrative started on social media but it’s incorrect. He did however, kill any John Hightower sightings.
At the end of the day, the offense looked stale and New York was able to run all over the Eagles defense. New York had 151 rushing yards led by QB Daniel Jones and Wayne Gallman.
The Eagles linebacking crew was terrible. TJ Edwards and Alex Singleton were nowhere to be found on any given play. The Giants killed them on read options because the defensive ends had no help and the Giants were able to exploit the linebackers in the passing game.
The secondary failed to produce a turnover. I guess you could say the Eagles defensive line played well with three sacks but I’m not really in the mood to give anyone credit besides the Eagles running backs.
In the end, it was another horrible game played by the Eagles. Week in and week out we continue to forget that the Eagles are simply not a good football team. It starts with coaching but there is plenty of blame to go around.
The Eagles face the Browns, Seahawks, Packers, Saints, and Cardinals the next 5 games.
If the Eagles struggled against the Giants then you can only imagine what good football teams will do to them in the coming weeks.
Still in 1st place though.
Mandatory Credit: Yong Kim Philadelphia Inquirer