Eagles Buzz: AJ Brown says he’s “pissed off” ahead of must-win game vs. Giants
After failing to take care of New Orleans at home, the Eagles find themselves in a must-win situation this Sunday against the Giants.
Despite losing two straight, Philly is still in control of their own destiny regarding the NFC’s No. 1 seed:
Week 18 clinching scenarios for Philadelphia
Clinch NFC East title with:
- PHI win vs. NYG or
- DAL loss vs. WSH
Clinch NFC No. 1 seed and first-round bye with:
- PHI win or
- DAL loss vs.WSH + SF loss vs. ARZ
The worst-case scenario: an Eagles loss to NYG + Cowboys win over Washington would surrender the division crown to Dallas.
While the offensive effort was dispiriting last Sunday, the Eagles expect to have Jalen Hurts back under center for the pivotal NFC East tilt. Hurts has been sidelined since Dec. 18 due to a right shoulder sprain, relieving QB duties to Gardner Minshew in his absence.
Minshew played fairly well against Dallas but had a dismal day vs. New Orleans, throwing a crucial pick-six on a pass intended for AJ Brown in the 4th quarter. Brown displayed frustration throughout the game as chemistry with Minshew was seemingly nonexistent.
“I was trying to get Gardner’s attention to look up but he never looked back at me.”— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) January 1, 2023
AJ Brown on the game-sealing pick six. pic.twitter.com/U4PHN62Jvy
When speaking with reporters this week, Brown made it known that he’s all business heading into Sunday:
“Me personally, I am pissed off. I want to go out and handle business the right way. I’m definitely going to go out and play with an edge and try to get my guys in the [wide receivers] room to play with the same edge.”
Giants head coach Brian Daboll hasn’t indicated whether or not he’ll play starters in the season finale (Week 18 results won’t affect their seeding), but the Eagles will be prepared regardless.
“I just want to make sure we’re improving as a football team,” Sirianni said. “You want to continue to go at an upward level. So that’s what you want, and that’s what you’re trying to get out of this. We just want to go out there and play a good game (against the Giants) and play to our abilities and coach to our abilities.”
In his first year with the Eagles, AJ Brown has caught 84 passes for 1,401 yards and 11 TDs. Brown is just eight yards shy of setting a new franchise record for receiving yards in a season, previously set by Mike Quick in 1983.
MINSHEW TO AJ BROWN. 78-YARD TD.@Eagles back in it.— NFL (@NFL) January 1, 2023
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