Posted: October 12th, 2018 | Author: Tommy Lawlor | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | No Comments »
The Eagles won. They won big, 34-13. And the game wasn’t even that close.
A lot of things went right for the Eagles.
The defense came up with a takeaway on the first drive and that led to a short TD drive. A good PR by DeAndre Carter put the offense in good position later and the offense scored again to go up 14-3. The Eagles were making plays on offense, defense and STs.
The Eagles dominated the line of scrimmage. Eli Manning was under pressure all night (4 sacks, many more hits). He really struggled, making bad decisions and even worse throws. The Giants offense looked completely inept…except for one guy.
The rookie RB ran for 130 and had 99 yards as a receiver. He broke tackle after tackle and looked spectacular on multiple plays. If you are ever going to spend a Top 5 pick on a RB, this is the kind of guy you do it for. I’m not advocating for the pick, but Barkley is a special player.
At the same time, the Giants stunk. They piled up 402 yards of offense, but struggled to sustain drives and went 0 for 3 in the Red Zone.
It was great to see the Eagles get off to a fast start and play from ahead. This finally looked like the 2017 team, mixing in big plays and ball-control offense. The Eagles won the time of possession battle by five minutes. And the no-name RBs got the job done.
The real star for the Eagles was Carson Wentz. He was 26-36-278 with 3 TDs. There were a couple of throws he’d like to have back, but Wentz was terrific overall. The first TD of the game was a spectacular play.
Eagles fans rejoice: Carson Wentz looks like Carson Wentz pic.twitter.com/5uPaScV1X2
— Patrick (@pmc1423) October 12, 2018
Before we celebrate too much, we do have to keep in mind the Giants stink. They were not good tonight, aside from Barkley.
Still, good teams beat bad teams and they make it look easy. The Eagles did exactly that. They dominated from early on.
Hold off on “that game turned around the Eagles season” takes. One game is just one game. There is a lot to be happy about, but you have to be careful in assuming a team that has been highly inconsistent all year is now going to play consistently well.
There is plenty of reason for optimism. This looked like a good Eagles team. At the same time, what made last year’s team so good is that they played one game at a time. They focused on the little picture, not the big picture, and that helped them to avoid letdowns and kept them winning all year long.
The team can now get some extra rest before the next game. They’ll need that because this is a banged up bunch and there is a lot of season to go.
For the next few days, sit back, relax and think about Fletcher Cox repeatedly knocking the crap out of Eli. That should keep you smiling.