At New York
8:20 p.m. ET
70 degrees/ Light Rain
Key Coaching Decision #1: (Before the game began)
• The Giants elected make 2018 fifth-round draft pick QB Kyle Lauletta inactive.
• Eli Manning struggled all night. His offensive line didn’t do him any favors, but even when he wasn’t being hurried into throws, he didn’t look like a player that could help a team win games.
• The Giants took a quarterback in the third round last year that is no longer on the roster (Davis Webb). Declaring Lauletta inactive fails to make sense. The Giants need to see if the quarterback of the future (and perhaps of the present) is on their roster. In a blowout loss, they should have played the young quarterback.
• Manning’s inability to lead the offense is more glaring each week. We would expect this to be THE storyline for the rest of the season.
• The Eagles evened their record (3-3). It was a much-needed win for the defending Super Bowl champions. We don’t know if this is THE game that gets them back to their Super Bowl winning ways, but it was a good start. They scored more points in the first half (24) in this game than they have in any one game this year (previous high: 23, versus the Titans in OT).
• The Eagles scored on their first three red-zone opportunities. It certainly helped that the first two touchdowns in the first quarter, and three of their first four, came in the first half on short fields (midfield or better). The Eagles scored a touchdown when they started drives at the Giants’ 16-yard line, Giants’ 44-yard line and a field goal when they started a drive at midfield.
• The Eagles did what they wanted to do for the most part on offense. They were 9 of 16 on third down.
• The Eagles defense only managed to get one takeaway this game. However, it led directly to a touchdown. They were previously minus-3 on the season.
• The Eagles defense didn’t have to do anything special against the Giants. There was hardly any special pass-rush schemes and hardly blitzed, which is uncharacteristic of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Much-criticized cornerback Jalen Mills had a decent game and seemed to have regained some lost confidence.
• It was bad from the beginning for the now 1-4 Giants. The opening kickoff was fumbled (though it was reversed and the Giants retained the ball as it was determined that Jawill Davis’ elbow was down). However, on Manning’s second pass, he threw an interception to Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, who returned the ball to the Giants’ 16-yard line. Three plays later, the Eagles found the end zone and the score was 7-0.
• They weren’t very good in crucial situations. They finished 0-for-3 in the red zone. In the first half, when it was still possible to come back, they were 0-for-8 on third-down conversions.
• The Giants offensive line struggled all night to protect Manning and when he was not hurried, Manning had a hard time finding his intended targets.
• The Giants had one lone bright spot: rookie running back Saquon Barkley. He’s a difference maker. He had 229 yards from scrimmage, including three “explosive” plays of 40 yards or greater.
• The Giants defense generated no takeaways in the game.