The New York Giants held off a late surge by the Philadelphia Eagles and moved to 5-3 in the NFC East with a 28-23 Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Eli Manning picked apart a good Eagles secondary, throwing for four touchdowns and 257 yards, while the rushing game struggled once again.
As always, after every Giants game, we give cheers and jeers to those deserving of them, and with that being said, cheers to Odell Beckham Jr., who had two touchdown receptions on 46 yards. Beckham was too quick on a slant over the middle for his first touchdown catch and run of 26 yards in the first quarter, and climbed the ladder in the second quarter on a difficult one-yard touchdown catch over Leodis McKelvin. When Beckham plays well, the Giants play well, and that was certainly the case this afternoon.
Cheers to Landon Collins and the New York defense, who once again showed that they’re worth the investment put into them this offseason. Collins snagged his third interception in two games in the first quarter, and rookie free agent safety Andrew Adams had his first interception, both of which led to touchdowns to get the Giants a 14-point lead off of turnovers less than six minutes into the game. The Giant secondary did allow Carson Wentz to throw for 364 yards, but no touchdowns were let up through the air.
The Giants defensive line held the Eagles to just under 100 rushing yards as well as to just 25 percent on Philadelphia’s four fourth down conversion attempts. My final cheer of the day goes to an unlikely source, Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis. Sturgis was a perfect 3/3 on field goals, hitting a 34-yarder in the first quarter, and both a 26 and 38-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. He was perfect on all extra points, and his 11 combined points really kept the Eagles in the game and were a major factor in their attempted comeback. Sturgis is now 17/18 on field goals this season.
With cheers come jeers, and my first jeer goes to Eagles first-year head coach Doug Pederson. Pederson opted to go for it on fourth down once in the first and second quarters instead of taking a sure three points each time with Sturgis. These decisions cost the Eagles in the long run who, with these potential six points combined with their valiant comeback efforts, would have won the game by one point, 29-28.
My second jeer goes to Wentz, who threw two terrible interceptions in the first quarter that led to a quick 14-point deficit that his team could never climb back from. His first interception to Landon Collins in the first quarter was on a broken play where Wentz was simply trying to do too much with a forced throw. Perhaps chalk it up to inexperience, but he would have been much better throwing the ball away. Wentz’ second pick was just a ball that got away from him, as he overthrew his target over the middle and right into the hands of Adams. My final jeer goes to the Giants offensive line, who has all but reserved a spot in this category this season for their continually bad play. The Giant rushing attack was pitiful once again this week, with just 54 total yards on 24 attempts, coming out to a dismal 2.3 yards per attempt.
Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings split the rushing duties, with both players rushing for under 35 yards and Perkins with a long of 14 yards. It was expected against a solid Philadelphia defensive line, but the opposition can’t continue to be the excuse for why New York is so awful in the trenches. Their bye week obviously didn’t do them any good.