PHILADELPHIA, PA –
The Eagles took care of business in a must-win game in primetime against the Giants Thursday night, moving to 3-3 on the season (1-0 in NFC East) with a 34-13 win in primetime.
Finally, an Eagles game where fans didn’t have to stress. The game was never really in doubt, although Saquon Barkley did his best to keep the Giants in the game. Barkley is for real and is the best player on the Giants. Every time he touched the ball, Eagles fans held their breath as he continued to make something out of nothing. Overall, Barkley finished the game with 13 carries for 130 yards and 9 catches for 99 yards. Without him, the Giants would be nothing.
The d-line for the Birds was finally able to create some havoc against an opposing quarterback and were able to sack Eli Manning 4 times and hit him 13 times overall. Odell Beckham Jr. was held to just 6 catches for 44 yards and was a non-factor in this game. On the other side of the ball, Alshon Jeffery had 8 catches for 74 yards and 2 TD’s and Nelson Agholor finished with 3 catches for 91 yards. Zach Ertz had 7 catches for 43 yards. Carson Wentz has continued to show no ill effects from his ACL injury last season, finishing 26/36 for 278 yards, 3TD’s, and a 122.2 rating. He was also sacked only once, which was an improvement from last week for the offensive line.
RECAP – On the second play of the first drive for the Giants, Eli Manning had his pass picked off by Kamu Grugier-Hill. After the turnover, the Eagles started in the red zone. On 3rd and 7, Carson Wentz was flushed from the pocket and was able to throw across his body to Alshon Jeffery for the TD. On the next drive for the Giants, Saquon Barkley broke a 45-yard run which put them in the red zone. The Giants were held in the red zone and had to settle for a field goal.
After a couple stalled drives by both teams, DeAndre Carter had a good punt return to set up the Eagles with good field position past the 50. Wentz worked the ball to Jeffery and Corey Clement, and Clement rushed in for a 1-yard TD. The Eagles were up 14-3 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Saquon Barkley continued to show why he was the 2nd overall pick this year by the Giants as he caught a 55-yard screen catch and run. His ability to elude hits and break tackles is highly impressive. The Giants weren’t able to seal the drive with a TD and had to settle for another field goal. On the following drive, the Eagles had a huge 58-yard pass to Nelson Agholor, and on the next play, Wentz found Zach Ertz wide open in the back of the end zone for the TD. At the end of the first half, the Eagles were able to add a field goal to make it 24-6.
The Eagles received the ball to begin the second half and proceeded to drive down the Giants’ throat and score a TD. Alshon Jeffery had a 1-yard TD catch. On the next drive, Barkley broke a 50-yard for a TD to cut into the Eagles lead.
Jake Elliott was able to add a short field goal at the beginning of the 4th quarter to extend the Eagles’ lead to 34-13. This was the last score of the game.
Hopefully, this win will begin a nice streak for the Eagles. They finally looked like themselves of last season and need to keep it going against a tough Carolina Panthers team next week. Although the Eagles had an easy win, the game still did take it’s toll injury-wise. Sidney Jones left the game with a hamstring injury, and Jason Peters also left the game. Jalen Mills and Lane Johnson were also on the turf knocked up but were able to return.
Next Week – The Eagles have the Panthers next Sunday at 1 pm. They will need to keep the momentum in a tough matchup. Christian McCaffrey has looked really good for the Panthers this season and the d-line will need to contain him more than they did Barkley. The extra days of rest could also prove beneficial for the Eagles as they hope to get more players back from injury, most notably Corey Graham, Darren Sproles, Sidney Jones, and Jason Peters. The Giants move on to play the Falcons on Monday Night.
Alshon Jeffery — 13-yard catch (Elliott XP)
( PHI 7-0 NYG ) Drive: 3 plays, 16 yards (1: 00)
Aldrick Rosas — 33-yard Field Goal
(PHI 7-3 NYG) Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards (3: 09)
Corey Clement — 1-yard TD run (Elliott XP)
( PHI 14-3 NYG ) Drive: 6 plays, 44 yards (3: 21)
Aldrick Rosas — 21-yard Field Goal
(PHI 14-6 NYG) Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards (2: 30)
Zach Ertz — 10-yard catch (Elliott XP)
( PHI 21-6 NYG ) Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards (1: 22)
Jake Elliott — 33-yard Field Goal
( PHI 24-6 NYG ) Drive: 6 plays, 35 yards (1: 33)
Alshon Jeffery — 1-yard catch (Elliott XP)
( PHI 31-6 NYG ) Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards (6: 18)
Saquon Barkley — 50-yard TD run (Elliott XP)
(PHI 31-13 NYG) Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards (2: 32)
Jake Elliott — 30-yard Field Goal
( PHI 34-13 NYG ) Drive: 13 plays, 64 yards (6: 18)