The Eagles 27-0 win over the Giants was astonishing, the product of the first sixty-minute performance by the team this season. Offense, defense, and special teams alike came together to blank a New York team that had found an offensive groove and defensive presence in the previous three games, all wins.
The Eagles put up 20 of their points in the first half, with the Giants unable to quell the run on defense, or convert third downs on offense. It was a full-length stymieing that has not been seen by the Eagles in quite some time.
For the first time since December 1, 1996, Philadelphia shut out an opponent. Coincidentally, that blanking also came at the Giants' expense, a 24-0 drubbing with Ray Rhodes at the helm.
In building those 27 points, Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes in the first half. He made full use of his tight ends Zach Ertz and seldom-used James Casey, both of whom crossed the goal line on scores of 15 and 26 yards respectively.
That duo, combined with Brent Celek, combined for eight catches, 118 yards, and two touchdowns.
Darren Sproles would add the final touchdown in the third quarter, running in from 15 yards out to end the points for the night. Sproles would exit the game shortly thereafter with an apparent knee injury. Though Sproles walked off, his status is currently uncertain.
While Sproles got the points, it was the play of LeSean McCoy that will draw more headlines, all of them encouraging.
McCoy found his groove once more, running for a season-high 149 yards on 22 carries, an average of 6.77 yards a carry. His average for the year was 2.90 YPA heading in, and upped to 3.64 YPA by the time of his last run.
McCoy credited his offensive line for the effort, and that's an understatement. In addition to allowing only one sack of Foles, the line allowed McCoy to take six of his 22 carries for 12 yards or more, an element that has been sorely missing all year. The holes opened up quickly, and McCoy exploited them for his best game of the season.
A NEW SACK EXCHANGE
Eli Manning was only sacked seven times in his first five games, but ended up getting dropped six times by a determined Eagles defense. Ryan Nassib, filling in on the final drive with the result no longer in doubt, took a pair of drops himself, including a sack by Brandon Bair to punctuate the game.
Connor Barwin was the star of the defense, sacking Manning three times on the evening, giving him a team-high six on the season. Vinny Curry added a pair of first-half sacks, giving him four the year, tying his career high for one season.
All in all, Philadelphia's defense stood up with their best performance under Chip Kelly. As if the 27-0 score wasn't enough of an indicator, it gets better than that.
The Giants were held to just 3.70 yards a run, bottled up by Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, and linebackers setting the edges. There was almost no room to be found through the middle, as forced-in starter Andre Williams was held to 58 yards on 16 carries (3.63 YPA)
With the eight sacks, the Eagles forced a negative pass play on eight of 36 combined dropbacks by Manning and Nassib. No interceptions for the D, but still, that's a 22.22% success rate at forcing the quarterback into oblivion.
To top it all off, the third-down percentage was truly killer. New York was held to two-of-14 on the money down, the same percentage that Jacksonville was held to back in Week One. New York also failed on a fourth-down end zone play, wherein Victor Cruz tore his patella tendon trying to haul in a touchdown.
The Eagles are 5-1 heading into the bye, and go to 4-0 at home.
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