Week 11: No Fly Zone

Week 11 brings the second divisional game in the Eagles four game divisional stretch. This week they took on the surging New York Giants in a game where the Giants were looking to seek out their revenge from last season. With both teams fighting for playoff spots, they both knew a win would go a long way. 

The Eagles came out slow in this game making the critical turnover they seem to make early in games this season, however, they picked up the momentum in the second half. After having a bad first half outing, Wentz and the Eagles changed their game plan and attacked the Giants on the ground. The Giants had no answer for this approach, as the Eagles finally took the lead in the third quarter. After taking the lead, Sanders and the Eagles defense did all they could to seal the game. The defense shut out any comeback attempt by forcing turnover after turnover, leading to a decisive 48-31 victory for the Eagles. 

Carson Wentz played the role of game manager in this game. He played his role well, except for a bad interception being thrown in the first half. Wentz did what he had to when he was asked. He completed multiple third down completions that kept drives alive. He finished the game completing 10 passes for 139 yards and an interception. After an uneventful first half, Miles Sanders took off in the second half of the game. He ran all over the Giants defense, breaking 4 tackles. He was the start of the game, rushing for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns on 25 attempts. Even though the passing attack for the Eagles didn’t have many yards, they had multiple contributors on offense. Sanders, Ertz, Coutee, Reagor, and Wallace all had receptions. The Eagles receiving core has many talents, and the fact that 5 players had receptions on only 10 completions shows their ability to spread the ball around. 

After a very lackluster first half of the season, the Eagles defense have picked up their pace in recent weeks. Last season’s game versus the Giants came down to a conservative style on offense and a smothering defense. The defense knew that if they could force the Giants to get away from giving their superstar running back the ball then they would have a good shot at winning. 

Daniel Jones has great speed and has a tendency to escape the pocket to his right, and throw to a wide open player down the field. Jones picked on the Eagles with this strategy early on in the game. This strategy would get picked up on by the Eagles and it led to the downfall of the Giants offense. Jones escaped the pocket multiple times in the game only to throw to the waiting arms of an Eagle defender.  Avonte Maddox terrorized the Giants last season and continued to do so in this game to the tune of 2 interceptions, with one of those interceptions going for a touchdown. Slay and Taylor would also force interceptions for touchdowns. Both players have great instincts and were able to sniff out passes that they took the distance. The game sealing interception was made by linebacker Moses who read Daniel Jones from the start. Jones would throw deep to the middle of the field into the waiting arms of Moses. The defensive line wasn’t to be outdone by the secondary as they forced 5 sacks of Daniel Jones, with Fletcher Cox obtaining 2 of those sacks. Cox is showing that even in his older age, he is the leader for this defense. 

The Eagles winning this game puts them in the positive within the division standings. The key for success in the NFC East is winning divisional games and the Eagles have 2 wins in just as many weeks. They still have to face the Football Team next week, with another visit with the Giants after that. If the Eagles could win both of those games, they will come out of this 4 game divisional stretch looking good in the playoff standings. 

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