The Philadelphia Eagles are finally starting to play like a defending Super Bowl champion

#1 von liny195 , 20.11.2018 08:39

.It took six games , but they sent a clear message to the rest of the NFL that they are going to make another run, if their game against the New York Giants on Thursday night was a sign of things to come.The Eagles (3-3) played fast, Carson Wentz spread the ball around and the defense — particularly the front four — made life miserable for Eli Manning and the Giants in a 34-13 win that enabled Philadelphia to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2016."All season long we have been close, we just were not sustaining it," said tight end Zach Ertz, who caught one of Wentz's season-high three touchdown passes. "Hopefully this win sparks us for the rest of the year. Obviously, we are going to look at film and learn how we could be better even, but this is something that we hope we can build some momentum on."The 34 points were a season high for the Eagles, who beat the Giants for the fourth straight time."It's a big win for us," said Wentz, who threw for 278 yards and hit Alshon Jeffery on his other two TD tosses. "NFC East and the conference. It's 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 (1-5) are fading fast."Obviously not where we want to be," said Manning, who was sacked four times and hit 13 other times. "I'm not happy about it. I am frustrated like everyone. Obviously, all you can do is worry about the next game."The pressure was the key for the Eagles. It allowed defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to sit back with his linebackers and secondary and kept receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard from making big plays for New York. They were invisible most of the game."We want to get after the passer every week B.J. Goodson Jersey ," Eagles 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."So was winning.Five things were learned from the game:SAQUON BARKLEY: The Giants rookie halfback is carrying the team. The second pick in the draft ran for 130 yards on 13 carries, scoring on a 50-yard run. He caught nine passes for 99, including a tackle-breaking 55-yarder that set up a field goal. That's 229 yards from scrimmage. He has gained at least 100 in all six games, one off the NFL rookie record set by Kansas City's Kareem Hunt last year."Saquon is a beast," said Eagles halfback Corey Clement, who scored on a 1-yard run. "It's hard not to say it. if I was saying anything otherwise, I'd be a hater."QUICK START HELPS: The Eagles got big contributions early. An interception by Kamu Grugier-Hill on the opening series set up Wentz's first touchdown to Jeffery. A 23-yard punt return by DeAndre Carter paved the way for Clement's score. Coming into the game, Philadelphia had scored seven points in the first quarter. They got 14 against New York.MORE ODELL CONTROVERSY: Beckham was frustrated. At one point, he head butted a cooling fan on the Giants' sideline. He also left the field one play before halftime with New York lining up for a Hail Mary. Coach Pat Shurmur said he was going to get an IV."I was just trying to get myself fired up," Beckham said.INJURIES: The Eagles' biggest concern has to be left tackle Jason Peters. He left the game 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.THE DIFFERENCE: Wentz had an idea what changed for the Eagles"I think more than anything we just stayed ahead of the chains," he said. "I think we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot. And really offensively and defensively we just fed off each other. I think that's something we do so well when we get that rolling and so tonight it was good to get it going."Rookie Report: how the rookies played against the Detroit Lions The New York Giants had to play without Saquon Barkley in their preseason game against the Detroit Lions, but the other rookies on the roster got a chance to make an impact. Just about every rookie got more playing time than they did in Week 1 regardless of where they stand on the roster.Let’s take a look at how they did Friday night in Detroit.Will Hernandez, OL26 offensive snaps (44 percent)Hernandez and the starting offensive line got a lot more run in the second preseason game. While some parts of the line had their struggles against the Lions , Hernandez had a much better showing than in his debut against the Browns.On the first pass play of the game, Hernandez picked up a delayed stunt among the defensive tackles that allowed Davis Webb time to complete a 10-yard pass to Rhett Ellison.On the following drive, the Giants tried to pick up a first down on the ground on a 2nd and 1. They ran behind Hernandez, who pushed Sylvester Williams all the way back and to the ground to complete the play.At the end of the first quarter the Lions ran another stunt, this time with an end and tackle against Hernandez and Nate Solder. Again Hernandez picked it up, though pressure was allowed on the other side of the line. Communication and comfortability between Hernandez and Solder on the left side of the line appears to already be what Giants had hoped.Lorenzo Carter, LB29 defensive snaps (39 percent)Carter was much more active against the run, but still had some issues on pass plays when he was lined up as strictly a pass rusher. He did have a sack on a 3rd and 5 called back because of a questionable lowering the head penalty on Mark Herzlich, who was the second defender in on the hit. Carter would have picked up the sack on his own had Herzlich not also gotten to the quarterback. It helped that Lions quarterback Jake Rudock did back himself into a deeper drop than his left tackle was expecting, but good on Carter to recognize that and get outside of Taylor Decker.B.J. Hill, DL11 defensive snaps (14 percent)For the second straight game., B.J. Hill barely played. But not barely played in a bad way — he was with the starting defensive line that was rotated out quicker than the other first-team units on the field. Hill’s 11 snaps were the second fewest on defense ahead of only William Gay’s seven, though they were right in line with Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson, who both played 13.Hill did make an impact on the limited snaps Ray-Ray Armstrong Jersey , though, and had a quarterback hit working as a defensive tackle in a four man front. He snuck through two blocks on a stunt with Kerry Wynn to rush a pass on a third down.Kyle Lauletta, QB18 offensive snaps (31 percent)Somehow Lauletta only threw five passes on the night and three of them were badly overthrown. He did have a sixth when he ran to his right off play-action and threw a jump pass back to his left, but that ball was underthrown and caused a defensive pass interference penalty.The three sailed passes were troubling and not particularly close to being completed. Though after one on second down, he came back to step up in the pocket and deliver a strike to Jerell Adams on third down.Of course the highlight of Lauletta’s night was the 10-yard scramble for a touchdown off a play-action bootleg where he made multiple Lions miss on his way to the end zone.Still, it was a disappointing performance and amount of playing time for the quarterback who flashed the most during the first preseason game.Grant Haley, CB60 defensive snaps (78 percent)The coaching staff clearly wanted to get Haley some time on the field. His 60 snaps led the defensive by a fair amount — Mark Herzlich had the second-most snaps at 45 and Ray-Ray Armstrong was third at 35. But Haley’s night was long enough to experience quite and few ups and downs. Earlier in his night, he allowed a completion on a comeback from Marvin Jones and a completion to T.J. Jones while he was all over the receiver. He was also behind Jones on the pass that bounced off the the receivers hands, but Haley was there to deflect the ball up into Ray-Ray Armstrong’s arms for an interception.Haley was also victim to the referees letting some physical play from the wide receivers go uncalled. A touchdown to T.J. Jones should have been called offensive pass interference with an extended push well past the five-yard gace area.There were some other hits and misses during the game. Haley’s great at reading plays in front of him and breaking in off his man on a ball carrier. He did that a few times during the game, but one came with a missed tackle. He also had a nice pass breakup late in the game in the end zone.Robert Martin, RB14 offensive snaps (24 percent)Martin had the most impressive night of the running backs, nothing against Wayne Gallman. Over the two preseason games, Martin has been the best running back at reading the line in front of him. He had a 16-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter with a nice bounce outside when the middle was clogged.It’s still yet to be known if the Giants will keep more than three running backs — Jonathan Stewart’s lackluster performance might be more influential there than those of the potential fourth backs — but Martin has made the case it should be him if that roster spot is open.Sean Chandler, S29 defensive snaps (38 percent)Chandler made three tackles on the night Janoris Jenkins Jersey , all of which were in cleanup duty of missed plays in front of him. His tackles came after gains of 16, 7, and 26 yards. If he’s going to make the team it will be on special teams, but after a nice game on that unit in Week 1, he didn’t make any plays there against Detroit.Mike Basile, DB12 defensive snaps (16 percent)Basile, an undrafted free agent of of Monmouth University in New Jersey and alum of Brick Memorial High School (go Mustangs!), was signed last week and got some run at the end of the game. He was credited with a sack, but it reality it was a nice play across the field to cut off Jake Rudock from scoring on a scramble to the corner of the end zone.

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