With the Dallas Cowboys soaring at 7-1, the real battle in the NFC East is for 2nd. Big Blue took a step towards that prize by winning a close one against the dreadedPhiladelphia Eagles. During his postgame comments, Eli Manning talked about the significance beating Philly.
“Definitely a big win in the division. Philadelphia, the last few years has had our number. We've played close games but haven't been able to win those close games, so to be able to pull it off today and get that win was nice.”
New York’s offense was solid but still has room for improvement. The Giants negated being outgained by over 140 yards, 5 1st downs and 5 minutes of possession time by scoring early and often leading to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter. Eli shouted out the the defense for doing its thing while also revealing that the fast start was all part of the plan.
“That was a big emphasis, try and get off to a fast start, noted Manning. "Defense did a great job getting turnovers and offense capitalizing on that, getting two touchdowns, third down conversion on one, hitting Roger Lewis on the post, hitting Odell on the slant. So, a couple of big plays, that was good. Defense played outstanding all game. Offensively, had a couple of good drives, did some good things. But, hey, it was good to get a win. We're finding ways to win close games and tough games and that's what you have to do in this league.”
Similar to the offense, Eli had a so-so day with a stat line that included 4 TDs, over 250 yards but also 2 INTs.
“Well, it's just unfortunate. Will Tye ran a good route, got a guy open, ball gets tipped at the line of scrimmage, so it's just unfortunate. I hate tipped balls, I hate cheap interceptions and that's kind of as cheap as they come with the tipped ball at the line of scrimmage. We had a good play, everybody did the right thing and you have to give credit to them, their defensive line getting a hand up and getting a piece of the ball.”