After two mediocre outings with the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins, the Eagles finally woke up from their slumber and chopped the knees of the New York Giants. Eli Manning, predictable running plays and a porous Giants defense ultimately contributed to their demise.
Eli was throwing lazily, and his receivers responded in kind. They were not in sync at all. True, Eli pitched and caught some ball balls to Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks, but he lacked vision down the field. Although Steve Smith was generally covered well throughout the game, Hakeem Nicks ran free several times through the Eagles secondary, where they were playing him soft.
The predictable Giants plays, notably their running plays, fell into a rabid Eagles defense. This was the Giants game plan pretty much throughout the game: first down, run either Brandon Jacobs or Ahmad Bradshaw; second down, ditto; and third down, Eli makes a short dump to Kevin Boss, with the Eagles defense matching them step for step.
The porous Giants defense ultimately sunk them, especially in the second quarter. DeSean Jackson’s 54-yard touchdown pass and sequentially Jeremy Maclin’s 23-yard touchdown pass simply crushed the Giants before halftime. The Giants couldn’t recover afterwards and toppled to the continuous body shots.
DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have developed into a new breed of highly talented receivers quietly appearing all through the NFL, but they have been coming in droves in the NFC East. The Giants have Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks. The Eagles upcoming opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, have Miles Austin. From what I have seen, these players actually enjoy playing the game, instead of flaunting their ego unlike their predecessors. Maybe the divas like Terrell Owens and Ochocinco will go the way of dinosaurs. Or maybe they already have.