The saying is as old as time – “A win is a win.” The Eagles got the win against the rival New York Giants and it was a solid win. It was an ugly win in many cases but it was a win. However, unlike the win against the 49ers (truly ugly, hideous even) this win had many great moments. Of course there was a few lows but it was a great game overall. As always, I’m here to break down the positives and negatives from the game.
– Despite only running the ball 14 times, McCoy had a fantastic game. Obviously the true highlight was his 50 yard TD with 3:27 left in the game.
– Jason Peters started off rough with his obligatory false start but he, along with McCoy out of the backfield, had excellent days in pass protection.
– Avant made a huge catch late in the game. Good way to make up for the the unfortunate drop earlier.
– Vick wasn’t great but he was good enough. Sometimes that’s all you need.
– Maclin was Vick’s go to guy and with the exception of one drop (a big one as it was) he did not disappoint. He made plays and kept the offense alive.
– Asante Samuel had a fantastic game. He made plays in pass coverage (normal) and run support (WHAT?!?!?).
– Stewart Bradley is getting better with every week. This was no exception. He was pivotal in controlling the TEs and shutting down the run game.
– Dimitri Patterson continues to play very well. He had a lapse or two in coverage but he more than makes up for it in great tackling.
– Antonio Dixon is the team’s defensive MVP in my book. He’s not the best player on the field but his presence is helping so many other guys on the field.
– Another solid day from Akers in the FG kicking department. He had one kick blocked but that’s not on him.
– On the blocked kick Sav Rocca saved a TD by taking a great angle to force the ball carrier out of bounds. Not bad for the big ol’ punter.
– The kick coverage unit was swallowing returns all day. Great day in coverage.
– Everyone has days where they drop passes. However on this day we had our top three WRs drop crucial passes. That’s unacceptable and it nearly came back to bite us.
– Nick Cole reverted back to being the Nick Cole we all know and loathe.
– Michael Vick took way too many shots. The worst was when he leaned forward into a hit. C’mon Mike, that’s just stupid.
– Didn’t like the lopsided play call on offense. McCoy was finding room to run but we just didn’t run the ball at all. I understand Vick is the hot hand and you want to throw it a lot but you need to balance it a little more Andy.
– Vick and Jackson were out of synch pretty much all day.
– Joselio Hanson had an awful day in coverage. He was targeted by Manning often and we victimized for both of the Giants’ TDs.
– I can’t blame the front seven entirely, because there was blatant holding all day, but they didn’t get to Manning enough. Against a line that was so depleted they should’ve been in his face all day.
– Asante, hold onto the ball. Or better yet, don’t try to return it when we’re already leading with just a few minutes left. Just stay down. Still love you though.
– The second Samuel started blitzing on the big play to Hakeem Nicks, I was worried. I don’t trust Mikell in coverage over top against a guy like Nicks and I was right. Bad play call.
– Offseason priority – Kick returner.
– I still haven’t seen a good angle of the blocked kick but I do know somebody completely missed their blocking assignment. I’m not sure who it was but I’m sure they’ll hear about this week in film sessions.
– Akers had an okay day on kick offs. Was short several times.
All in all it was a great game. Oddly enough I am more encouraged by this game than the victory over the Redskins. The win over the Redskins was a ton of fun but this game really tested the Eagles. They faced adversity from all sides (Giants, themselves, refs) and still pulled through. The mark of a great team is one that can win close games. They won’t all be blowouts, especially divisional games but a win is a win and right now a win means first place in the NFC East.