Immediate Reaction: Eagles/Giants

Wow! Eagles win 19-17 in a last second thriller. What a win for the Birds, their 8th of the last 9 games against Big Blue. Take a deep breath and we’ll dive into some of the major points of the game.

The glass half full:

1. As we said in our preview for the game, Victor Cruz and Brandon Boykin played a large part in this game. Cruz worked Boykin in the slot for large gains on a few occasions, one of them in particular leading to a field goal. Cruz also beat Boykin for his 14 yard touchdown. Tough day for the rookie and a good job by the Giants of maximizing Cruz.

2. The run game! I’ll begin this with a little story. When I was outside of Knoxville Tennessee today a guy saw me wearing a Westbrook jersey. His words to me: “You guys need to get LeSean McCoy the ball.” Hilarious that someone ten hours away knew exactly what this team’s problem has been. It wasn’t a problem tonight. The Eagles gave McCoy the ball early and often. Runs, screens–it all helped to establish drives offensively. The play action gave Vick more time, the clock kept running, and the Eagles were gaining chunks of yards at a time as McCoy proved to be too shifty for a very talented Giants defensive line. Contributions from Bryce Brown, Stanley Havili, and a few called runs for Vick left the team with a total of 191 yards on the ground and a ratio of 36 runs to 30 passes! I’m weeping with joy right now. This is what a proud mother must feel like.

3. Brandon hughes stepped in for Nnamdi Asomugha when he was out with an eye injury and performed pretty well. On the few completions he gave up, Eli Manning has thrown near perfect passes. I also noticed him break up at least one ball and contribute in the run game. Looks like Curtis MArsh has lost his spot.

4. Vick. The Eagles really put him a position to succeed tonight. The balance allowed him to pick the Giants apart by completing passes to 8 different players. He also kept his head downfield and managed to make good decisions throughout the night without holding the ball too long. Very sharp performance from him.

5. One of the reasons Vick did so well was the emergence of Desean Jackson, who seems to be a true Giant killer. Jackson put up 6 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. Made some nice catches. Great from him as well.

6. The run defense was exceptional, allowing only 57 yards on the ground in 19 carries. At this point it’s safe to say that this is no fluke. Teams will struggle against this line all year. Very tough play from the rotating cast in the front seven.

7. Turnovers. Every possession counted in this physical game of field position. This was the first clean game for the Eagles this year and they also got a huge interception from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the end zone.

Ok, I know I’ve been emphasizing some positives. Time for the glass half empty.

1. Safeties. Particularly when the Giants tore through the Eagles in the 4th on their way to a Bear Pascoe touchdown. Allen and Coleman seemed to bite more than you’d like on play actions and allowed for a few big plays to Domenik Hixon and Victor Cruz.

2. Special teams. They had abysmal coverage on kickoffs tonight and nearly allowed David Wilson to take it to the house on a number of occasions. They’re very lucky that the great field position didn’t cost them the game on the Giants final drive, which began at the 35. The Giants were able to start drives from the NYG 39, PHI 49, NYG 43, and NYG 35. the Eagles also struggled to make ay impact in the return game. The Eagles best field position of the night? Their own 30.

3. The offensive line. I’m putting them in the bad category, but they were more of a Jekyll and Hyde unit tonight. They struggled mightily in the first half and probably had just about every one concerned about how bad it could get throughout the game. The Giants were using Jason Pierre-Paul to attack Demetress Bell, which gave Vick plenty of trouble. However the line managed to put together a strong second half and limited the Giants to two sacks. Both of them from Vick moving outside of the pocket and getting sacked because of the coverage. The right side of the line in particular also did a good job in the run game.

Overall, very exciting win. Expect plenty on this throughout the week.

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