I had a conversation with my mother right before the start of the game last night. I told her there wasn’t a chance in hell the Eagles were going to win this game. She then reminded me that I said there wasn’t a chance in hell they would lose to the Cardinals last week. Touche, mother.
I didn’t come off of my stance on the game. I only added that the Eagles defense would need to have a terrific outing if there was any chance of them winning. The Eagles defense stepped up to the plate on Sunday night.
They’ve been a perfect picture of inconsistency so far this season. They brought in a new defensive coordinator, new players, and new schemes. All of this has seemed to lead to some struggles, but they really pulled together against the Giants.
One of their biggest struggles so far this season has been stopping the run. They have made adjustments to their wide-nine technique to try and improve upon this and it has definitely helped. However, we haven’t really seen them be consistently good.
Sunday night was a different story. They consistently stopped the run all night allowing just 29 yards rushing on 17 total carries. Their defensive line got tremendous push off the line, and it allowed the linebackers to step up and make fairly easy plays on the ball carrier.
The line was also able to get a lot of pressure on Eli Manning in passing situations. They recorded a total of three sacks but they were in Manning’s face all night. There were barely any blitzes called, but they weren’t needed. It makes things a lot easier on defense when you can get the kind of pressure the Eagles front-four was getting on the Giants offense.
Manning, who has played surprisingly well this season, wasn’t able to get much done through the air. He went 18/35 for 264 yards with a touchdown and an interception on the night. Those aren’t great numbers, and they’re even inflated with two big completions he connected on.
The Giants only really pieced together one good drive that ended in Victor Cruz embarrassing Nnamdi Asomugha yet again. Not sure what Asomugha’s big struggle with Cruz seems to be. He goes from owning Larry Fitzgerald a week ago (when they actually let him cover Fitzgerald) to giving up big plays to Cruz.
It’s frustrating to see Asomugha give up the big play like that, but it’s not something I’ll lose sleep over. We know the talent he has and we’ve seen it a lot this season. Maybe not as much as we’d like, but Philadelphia fans set the bar high.
Overall, you really have to applaud the efforts of the defense. They clearly knew that they needed to step up for this game and they came out with a lot of fire. We’ll just have to see if they can continue to play with that fire the rest of the season.