The New York Giants move their winning streak to three now after defeating NFC East rival, Philadelphia Eagles, at MetLife Stadium. Now 5-3, the Giants are sitting in second place in the division only looking up at the Dallas Cowboys who they will face for the second time in a few weeks. For now, though, let’s take a look at what we learned here in Week 9:
The Deep Threat
QB Eli Manning has had his versatile weapons all season long on the outside in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz. However, the veteran quarterback has been playing it safe, throwing many dump offs and quick out routes to his running backs and tight ends. Today, however, was a different story. Manning connected with his key receivers on many deep balls. Cruz had a 46-yard grab to set up the Giants in the red zone. Shepard caught a 32-yard touchdown pass. Roger Lewis Jr. caught a 30-yard touchdown pass. It was only a matter of time before the Giants started utilizing the playmaking ability of their receiving corps, and it was no better time to use it than against a division rival.
Run Game Still Non-Existent
The ground game for the G-Men continues to be lackluster as the Giants’ running backs couldn’t get anything going. Head coach Ben McAdoo had rookie Paul Perkins in the game for a significant amount of time to see what he could do. He had showed off his abilities to avoid tackles and fight for yards in the passing game, but the same couldn’t be said when Manning handed him the ball in the backfield. Perkins rushed for a mere 32 yards on 11 carries while Rashad Jennings also carried the ball 11 times for an even worse 26 yards. Combine Manning’s negative four yards and the Giants once again were held under 100 rushing yards with 54 total yards on the ground. Luckily, the pass game picked up the slack as usual, but how long is that going to last?
Defense Continues to Thrive Under Pressure
Once again, the Giants’ defense was stellar when the stakes were high. The Eagles put up 23 points on the boards, but it could have been worse if the Giants didn’t get crucial stops. The birds finished 3-15 on third downs and 1-4 on fourth down, which is outstanding considering the Eagles had been 5-5 in previous games. The cherry on top was the ultimate test of stopping Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense when they had great field position to win the game. The Giants sent them packing after four great downs ultimately ending with great coverage from CB Trevin Wade on WR Jordan Matthews in the end zone.
The game, also, wouldn’t have been in the Giants favor all day long if it wasn’t for back-to-back interceptions from Landon Collins (who now has three in two games) and Andrew Adams who haled in his first career INT. That led to 14 easy points and set the tone on the Giants’ home turf. Big Blue’s defense continues to impress, and with big plays against a rival in the Eagles, they certainly passed a big test.