Half-Assessment Week 6: Eagles vs. Giants

Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles

Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles

 

Well would ya look at that! The Eagles finally beat a divisional opponent. It wasn’t pretty, but they got the job done. I think we’ve all been there. It’s okay Birdgang, the next win will be 

Offense

Another game, another befuddling effort from Sam Bradford. What the hell, Sam? 3 more picks brings Bradford up to 9 on the year. That ties him for second in the NFL with Matthew Stafford and gives him just as many interceptions as touchdowns. It’s getting redundant to call it frustrating.

On the bright side, DeMarco Murray posted his first 100 yard game in green, white, and I guess black. Murray got the ball 22 times and ran it damn well. We’ve gotten a few glimpses of the Murray the Eagles backed up a garbage truck full of money for, however he’s finally given us two straight good games in a row.

In the receiving game, everyone’s favorite scumbag, Riley Cooper, led the way with 3 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. Cooper might be slow, but he is big. Sometimes you can just toss it up there and he’ll actually go and get it. So…yay Cooper? Blargh.

Also catching 3 passes was Miles Austin. Yes, that’s right, he is still an Eagle. Jordan Matthews caught a bunch of little balls for 6 catches and 59 yards. Sadly, Josh Huff couldn’t continue his momentum from last week with Nelson Agholor out. I’m sure you guys aren’t shocked by that.

Defense

The game didn’t start out very well for the defense. Eli Manning completed his first ten passes of the night, causing everyone in Philadelphia to collectively sigh and declare it “one of those games.” But, with the Giants driving deep into Eagles territory on their second drive, DeMeco Ryans changed the game with a huge interception. From that point on, it was all Manning-face, all the time. Eli had passed for 87 yards before that pick, and only 102 more after that.

The defense stepped up in a big way, smothering the Giants for the rest of the night. They wouldn’t score again after that first drive. Nolan Carroll added his own interception, that he took to the house for a huge pick-6. The G-man couldn’t even muster 100 collective rushing yards. The only effective threat they could must on the ground was Rashad Jennings, and he also disappeared after the first drive. Can anyone tell me why Andre Williams is even in the NFL? Dude is averaging 2.8 yards a carry. You could nearly average that on QB sneaks.

A ton of credit goes to the guys up front. Vinny Curry, Fletcher Cox, and Brandon Graham teamed up to take down Manning 3 times. The Giants didn’t have an answer for the Birds D after it looked like they were going to dominate.

Next Week

The Eagles travel to South? Uhhh, North? Who cares, the Eagles are going to whatever Carolina they play professional football in to take on the surprisingly good Carolina Panthers on Sunday Night Football. Can you believe that the Panthers are 5-0? Cam Newton is having a good year, although it certainly isn’t one that I’d call spectacular. Their top 3 receivers are Ted Ginn Jr., Jerricho Cotchery, and some guy who goes by Philly Brown! Jonathan Stewart is their running back and he’s been in the league since 1994!*

*Not remotely true

The answer lies in their defense, which has only allowed 94 points. They’re a +6 on the old turnover differential, which is tied for top in the NFL. A competent offense and a solid defense go a long way in the NFL. Yes, it’s another tough, winnable one for the Eagles in prime time.

 

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