PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles are deeply flawed, however then, so is the NFC East. So they have a shot.
The defending champs nonetheless have life thanks to a 25-22 come-from-behind win over the New York Giants on Sunday.
It sets up a Monday Night time Soccer game in opposition to the Washington Redskins that, imagine it or not, might pull Philadelphia (5-6) into a primary-place division tie with Washington (6-5) and the Dallas Cowboys (6-5). Dallas performs the Saints subsequent week.
“This was an enormous game for us, clearly, when it comes to divisional standings and all that enjoyable stuff,” quarterback Carson Wentz stated, however, actually mentally, to present the resilience that we did to go down early the means we did after which battle again simply constructed a variety of confidence for all three phases of this game. To come back from behind and get it carried out right now, I believe that may converse volumes about our confidence going ahead.”
It appears like the Eagles needs to be lifeless and buried. It was Groundhog Day at Lincoln Monetary Area as the offense failed to rating in the first quarter for the ninth time in 11 video games, placing stress on an damage-riddled protection to maintain issues collectively. A defensive unit that was lacking 4 of its high 5 corners in addition to its beginning linebacker, Jordan Hicks, yielded 346 yards in the first half — the most the Eagles have given up since November 2015 in opposition to the Tampa Bay Bucs (355) — as the Eagles trailed at intermission, 19-11.
However the combat that security Malcolm Jenkins was calling for following an power-much less drubbing at the palms of the New Orleans Saints the week prior kicked in simply in time. Jenkins sparked that himself with an interception at the finish of the second quarter — the protection’s first since Week 6 in opposition to this similar Giants staff.
Saquon Barkley broke off a 51-yard landing the sequence prior, and the protection was reeling. On the sideline after that drive, Jenkins and a pair different veterans requested defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to simplify the game plan for the inexperienced secondary. Schwartz did, and the protection responded.
“I believe that was a turning level, particularly in that game – who is aware of about our season – the place that would have simply continued to snowball uncontrolled,” Jenkins stated of the staff’s response. “However we weren’t going to permit that.”
Michael Bennett turned the jets on in the second half, coming up with his staff-main 6 half of sack of the season on the Giants’ first possession to set the tone. He added a deal with for a loss later in the body, posing with arms crossed as the risky house crowd confirmed their approval. The entrance 4 elevated the stress on Eli Manning as the game wore on, permitting a decimated defensive backfield to stabilize.
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A key fourth-down conversion by the Eagles from the Giants’ 42-yard line with simply over two minutes remaining proved to be the distinction. Wentz discovered Nelson Agholor for a 13-yard completion on fourth-and-1, setting up Jake Elliott’s game-deciding 43-yard subject purpose, evoking recollections of his 61-yard stroll-off subject purpose in opposition to New York final 12 months.
“I felt assured. Not attempting to assume an excessive amount of about what’s occurred in the previous, simply attempting to deal with that second,” Elliott stated. “There all the time is [a certain joy beating the Giants], a division rival like that – particularly them.”
The Eagles’ ails actually weren’t cured Sunday. It needs to be checked out for what it’s — a win in opposition to a subpar staff. They’re mediocre proper now, however given the state of the division, mediocrity would possibly simply be ok.
“It boosts the confidence,” stated Eagles coach Doug Pederson. “The fellows are excited. It’s been a pair weeks since we’ve felt this kind of emotion, so that they’re jazzed.”