Controlling their destiny: 4 Takeaways from the Eagles’ 34-10 victory over the New York Giants
What a 180 by the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon. After playing one of their worst halves of football, the Eagles blew the doors off in the second half en route to beating the New York Giants 34-10.
This victory puts Philadelphia at 8-7 on the season, and in control of a wildcard spot after the Vikings’ 30-23 loss to the Rams. There were a lot of positives from today’s game but still some significant negatives that need to be cleaned up before the final push.
Simple mistakes continue to kill the Eagles:
It was one thing to have those careless mistakes last week against Washington after a delayed week and unknown circumstances. But committing so many of these issues again is a potential sign of a horrible habit incoming. There’s a chance this was due to their shortened week, but there are no legitimate excuses.
The number of times the Eagles will be able to bail themselves out against horrible teams is running thin. A first-half showing like this against Dallas or a playoff team would lead to an almost immediate loss. Numerous drops and bone-headed penalties stifled several Eagles drives. Combined with confusing play-calling, it was a recipe for disaster. The Eagles committed ten penalties compared to six for the Giants, with many being easily avoided.
Jonathan Gannon hates the Giants:
The Eagles’ defensive coordinator has been incredible these last few games after a slow start to the season. Philadelphia finished the day with two interceptions and would have had a third if Darius Slay didn’t drop one. The increased number of turnovers is something this franchise hasn’t had in quite some time.
Gannon’s increased number of blitzes was a significant reason for those turnovers, most notably on third down situations. New York’s only touchdown came in garbage time against the Eagles’ backups. In total, the Giants scored just 23 points in eight quarters of football against Philadelphia this season.
Fighting through adversity:
It could have been easy for this team to fold or crawl to a victory this afternoon. Once again, Nick Sirianni did a fantastic job rallying the troops, which led to a dominant second half. The Eagles had almost scored twice within five minutes, putting the game out of reach.
No matter how difficult a situation they’re in, this team never gives up. Credit also goes to Jalen Hurts, who rebounded quite well in the pocket after an ugly first half. Hurts made some beautiful throws, with the highlight being to DeVonta Smith in the endzone. It will be a tough road ahead for this team, but it’s hard to doubt them in any situation with how they handle trying times.
Jalen Reagor redemption game:
After facing showers of boos last week, it was not a great start today for the Eagles’ sophomore wideout. Some early drops combined with confusing special team plays, it was not looking good for Reagor. But as the game moved on, he helped bring some life to this team through a fantastic punt return.
Reagor had just two receptions for 15 yards to finish the day but could’ve had more. DeVonta Smith got called for offensive pass interference on a screen pass to Reagor that would’ve resulted in a touchdown. Losing that TD was a killer, but there were still several positives. Reagor has a long way to go, but he showed some promise on Sunday.
The Eagles now look ahead to a healed Washington Football Team next weekend. After missing their delayed matchup on Tuesday night, Taylor Heinicke and numerous others are back for another crucial divisional matchup.
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