After last week’s win over the Washington Football Team, the Eagles come into week 13 with poise and confidence. They currently sit at 8-3 and with a win over the New York Giants this week they would take a commanding lead in the NFC East. Just a few weeks ago, the Eagles defeated the Giants 48-31 in a game where they forced Daniel Jones to throw 5 interceptions. Coming into this game, the Eagles coaching staff knew that the Giants would prepare as best as they could and this game would be as close as can be.
The Eagles game plan for this game was simple, run the ball, win the turnover game, and play solid defense. They knew that Dainel Jones would not throw as he did before, so they had a good week of practice planning for the Barkley show. Carson Wentz started the game off strong and ended the game strong. He was able to extend drives when needed, and only forced one bad pass. The game was close the entire way, however, playing good defense was the key to the Eagles win. The Eagles were able to force Jones into an interception in the fourth quarter which essentially won the game for them at 24-17.
Carson Wentz made sure that he would not be the reason that the Eagles lost this game. Wentz made smart, accurate passes all game. He forced one bad pass resulting in an interception early in the game, but recovered well by ending the game throwing 16 completions for 194 yards, 1 touchdown, and an interception on 18 attempts. Wentz has been playing smarter as of late and he will be the reason that the Eagles make the playoffs. When Wentz plays smart the Eagles generally win, and when Wentz plays with recklessness the Eagles lose. Miles Sanders continued his good year by rushing for 165 yards, and 2 touchdowns on 23 attempts. Sanders has been a machine this season, breaking at least 4 tackles per game. In this game he was able to break 6 tackles.
The Eagles passing attack has been as balanced as ever this season. Carson Wentz, generally throws to the open guy and likes to get everyone on the team involved. Wentz threw completions to 6 different receivers in this game, with Keke Coutee being his favorite target on the day. Ever since he became a superstar, Coutee has developed into the true number receiver on this team. Coutee is having a great season and is looking to cement it by making the pro bowl.
The Eagles defense didn’t have the stellar performance that they had in the first game versus the Giants, however, holding a potential playoff team to only 17 points is nothing to scoff about. Everyone on the defense came to play, and they were not going to let Daniel Jones just run out of the pocket and throw to the sidelines all game. Jones had a productive day throwing the ball, however, his 2 interceptions were the game changer in this game. Slay stepped up and intercepted Jones, proving that he is still a superstar player. Slay has a lot of statistics he needs to get in order to keep his superstar status and his interception in this game is a good start. The Eagles defensive line was a no show in this game and that is worrying to a team that hasn’t done well in the sack department this season. If they can’t get a pass rush against playoff caliber teams, it will be a long day for their defense.
The Eagles have officially gone through most of their divisional games and come out of them with a record of 9-3 and a divisional record of 4-1. With one divisional game left in the season versus the Washington Football Team, with a win the Eagles have a chance to put their mark on the division. Up next the Eagles take on the Green Bay Packers who will be looking for the upset.