Just goes to show you what a little urgency, some big plays — and a timely game against the New York Giants can do for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Carson Wentz threw a season-high three touchdown passes and the Eagles got an early lift from their defence and special teams in beating the struggling Giants 34-13 on Thursday night, avoiding their first three-game losing streak since the 2016 season.
“Its a big win for us,” said Wentz, who finished 26 of 36 for 278 yards and no interceptions. “NFC East and the conference. Its huge. Being 3-3 is better than 2-4. This is more like who we are. We can build from this.”
The win put the Eagles into a first place tie with Washington (2-2) in the NFC East with Dallas (2-3) a half game back. The Giants are fading fast.
Edit Slot to 247Sports Home Slot to New York Giants Newsletter Newsletter Odell Beckham Jr. walked off the field just before halftime during the New York Giants Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles when his teams offense was still on the field and the clock had not run out.
Wentz sandwiched touchdowns passes of 13 and 1 yard to Alshon Jeffery around a 10-yarder to tight end Zach Ertz to help the Eagles build a 31-6 lead. They beat the Giants (1-5) for the fourth straight time and seventh in eight games.
Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field with two seconds left in the first half, while the rest of the #Giants offense stays on the field for one last snap. Beckham had two catches for 12 yards in the first half pic.twitter.com/KdQ7kTNWLf
“This is finally the game where we played like the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Ertz, who was limited to seven passes for 43 yards. “Were finally the Eagles again.”
Rookie halfback Saquon Barkley scored on a 50-yard run and rushed for 130 yards in one of the few bright spots for the Giants offence, which was booed repeatedly in losing at home for the third time. Aldrick Rosas had field goals of 33 and 21 yards.
Beckham believes that the result of his comments actually helped bring the team closer together.
This was seen as a must-win game for both teams in the weak and wide-open NFC East, and the Eagles went out and grabbed it.
Peters was a limited participant in practice Monday, but he was a full participant Tuesday and Wednesday. If something happens to him in Thursday nights game, the most likely solution seems to be Vaitai swinging to left tackle, left guard Isaac Seumalo sliding to right tackle and Stefen Wisniewski, who was removed from the starting lineup left week, entering the game at left guard.
They came into the game having scored seven points in the first quarter and they doubled that against New York.
Eli Manning was under pressure all night from the Eagles. They sacked him four times and hit him 13 other times. He finished 24 of 43 for 281 yards.
“More on #Eagles OT Lane Johnson: My understanding is this high-ankle sprain he was battling is something that will make it difficult for him to play,” he then added. “Hes going to do everything he can and will test it pre-game. But he has an uphill battle. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is his backup.”
“We want to get after the passer every week,” coach Doug Pederson said. “These games are battles. It all comes down to which team gets after the passer. We hit Eli and put him on the ground. That was big.”
Kamu Grugier-Hill intercepted Mannings pass that was tipped by fellow linebacker Jordan Hicks and he returned it to Giants 16. Three plays later, Wentz was forced out of the pocket and found Jeffery after getting all day to throw.
A 46-yard run by Barkley set up Rosas 33-yarder to cut the gap to 7-3, but the Eagles took control later in the quarter after DeAndre Carter returned a punt 23 yards to the New York 44. Passes of 17 to Jeffery and 14 to Clement set up Clements touchdown run.
Veteran Chance Warmack and rookies Matt Pryor and Jordan Mailata have been inactive for every game this season. With five Eagles already moved out, it appears that at least one of them will be active for the first time Thursday.
A spectacular tackle-breaking run by Barkley on a 55-yard screen pass helped cut the lead to 14-6 in the second quarter but Wentz hit a wide-open Nelson Agholer on a third and 3 and connected with Ertz for a 21-6 lead on the next play.
Thats plenty of moving parts. The Eagles have had seven offensive linemen active for every game this season with Vaitai and Seumalo (and then Wisniewski in Week 5) as the backups.
Elliott made it 24-6 just before halftime and Philadelphia put the game out of reach with a 75-yard drive that ended with a short Jeffery TD catch.
“Johnson has been dealing with a high-ankle injury a little bit that flared up,” Rapoport tweeted. “Hell push to play but too early to tell.”
“We didnt do anything well enough to win tonight,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “Credit Philadelphia. Good football team.”
“How do I feel about my performance tonight?” Barkley asked rhetorically. “Doesnt matter to me. We didnt win.”
Odell Beckham Jr. headbutted a giant cooling fan during a second-half fit that also included him screaming from the sideline and eventually being calmed by Barkley. Beckham also left for the locker room before the end of the first half, though Shurmur said Beckham was excused early because of cramping.
After a Kamu Grugier-Hill interception on a tipped Eli Manning Pass (by Jordan Hicks) and quick strike from Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffery, that changed in Week 6 as the Eagles beat down their division rivals from New York 34-13.
“I was just trying to get myself going,” he said. “I felt like some of those plays where I was getting myself going was some of my best stuff. So I was just trying to get myself fired up. I did that and it helped me.”
Thursdays scene comes a week after Beckham bemoaned the lack of downfield passes from Manning and the teams subpar energy following a 33-31 loss to Carolina. Beckham had six catches for 44 yards Thursday, and his longest reception was 12 yards.
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INJURIES: Eagles LT Jason Peters left with a biceps injury. Backup cornerback Sidney Jones left in the first half with a hamstring injury. The Giants had LB Ray Ray Amstrong (concussion), WR Cody Latimer (hamstring) and CB Antonio Hamilton (illness) leave the game.
It would be hard to argue that the momentum created early spurred the Eagles to victory, evening their record at 3-3 as a mini bye week approaches in nine days. The Panthers come to town on October 21 at 1 p.m.
BARKLEY GAINS: Barkley has gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first six career games. He is one off the NFL rookie record set by Kansas Citys Kareem Hunt.
The New York Giants season arguably hangs in the balance in their Thursday night matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, and some in the organization are laying the blame at the franchises feet for the 1-4 start.
Several Giants players have expressed frustration with Eli Mannings performance, sources told ESPNs Jordan Raanan, with one player specifically taking issue with the veterans inability to attack zone and Cover 2 defenses.
While Mannings raw statistics – career-high 71.7 completion percentage, 1,381 passing yards, six touchdowns to three interceptions – appear solid, advanced measurements highlight the two-time Super Bowl champions struggles.
Manning has been accurate on just 29.2 percent of his deep passes, ahead of only Ryan Tannehill and rookie Josh Allen, according to Pro Football Focus. Moreover, he ranks 21st in Football Outsiders DVOA metric, which rates players, per play, over an average player in the same game situations.
His inability to push the ball deep was emphasized by Odell Beckham Jr. in his controversial interview prior to Week 5 when he said he “didnt know” if the quarterback was to blame for the offenses struggles.