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Eagles stomp on Giants: The Morning After

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Good morning campers,

Wow, now that was what we've all been waiting for, right? A dominant performance by the Eagles on both sides of the ball. It was a thing of beauty. It was something to behold…..

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It was the New York Giants, arguably one of the worst teams in recent memory not named Cleveland.

Yes, I know in the NFL a win is a win, and this surely was a W, and hopefully it propels the Birds to play this way on a more consistent basis. But it was the New York Giants.

Ok, let's get to getting with some random observations:

*Could not have asked for a better start. First, a turnover by old reliable Eli Manning, followed by an Eagles touchdown. Just what the doctor ordered.

*The pass rush was significantly better last night and more consistent than it has been to date this season—but then again it was against... you know the rest.

 

 *Was nice to hear Chris Long's name said aloud on the broadcast. Wasn't sure if he was still on the team to be honest with you.

 

 *Fletcher Cox, when he is on, is REALLY on. The man is virtually unstoppable.


*Call me crazy, but Carson Wentz is still not Carson Wentz. He's close, but he's not there, yet. His decision making is still a little suspect for some reason. Again, he threw into coverage, but the one glaring example from last night I picked up on happened in the 1Q. Coming out the huddle, it was clear the Giants were stacking the box to play the run—but instead of calling an audible, he ran the play as called, which resulted in a loss. Later in the game, he did audible via his trademark "Kill! Kill!" edict, but he's not doing it (calling audibles) with the same confidence, if you will, that he did last year.

 

 *Did anyone else notice the video of Malcolm Jenkins firing up the Birds on the sideline before the game? It preceded a TV spot for Tide sometime in the first half. The problem was the footage was not from before last night's game. How do I know? Because Eagles safety Rodney McLeod can be seen in the footage, and Rodney is on Injured Reserve and out for the season.

 

 *I am beginning to think that Odell Beckham Jr. may have psychological issues. Clearly, the man is insanely talented, but his repeated outbursts during games is a little more than troubling. Is it because he is so passionate about the game? Perhaps. Last night, we saw more examples of his antics including leaving the field before the first half was even over.

 

*Still way too many penalties and mental errors. Two stick out. One was bigger than the other, as one occurred very late in the game. The first came courtesy of Zach Ertz, who inexplicably ran a 3-yard route when the Eagles 4 yards for a first down. The other came via Wendell Smallwood, and while the outcome was clearly in hand, the fact that he failed to stay in bounds thus stopping the clock was worth mentioning. Honorable mention goes to Jordan Matthews, who lined up about a week offsides on one play in the second half. But I give Jordy a pass because other than that gaffe, he played a very solid game.

 

 *Did anyone notice the not one BUT two consecutive blows to the head by Giants defenders on Eagles players in the first half with neither drawing a flag? What happened to protecting the players?

 

 *The following Eagles players are clearly, CLEARLY on the decline and have lost at least a step: Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Jason Peters and perpetually-injured Darren Sproles. Hey look, it happens to the best of them, but the point here is this: Howie Roseman is smart guy. He sees the larger picture and knows the window is closing on some key players in this lineup. Thus, I believe he is going to go all in on acquiring a running back to help take this team back to the Super Bowl this year.


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*MQ's Observation. You already know he is the greatest financial mind since James Cash Penney, but the man knows a thing or two about football, kids. Case in point, when he likened Giants all-world rookie RB Saquon Barkley to Adrian Peterson. AP was/is one of the greatest running backs in the history of the NFL. He played the bulk of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. And how many rings did AP win in Minnesota? As many as I did. Zero. And why? Well, a big reason why was he and the Vikings had no QB (ala Barkley and Eli Manning). AP's quarterbacks over his first years was this murderers row: Tarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, and Gus Frerotte. Yes, eventually Brett Favre came to Minnesota, but he wasn't Brett Favre anymore. The point MQ makes is no matter how great Barkley is now and will become, it will not matter without a franchise QB. As MQ astutely pointed out last night: "Saquon is incredible, yet the Giants are still 1-5."

 

That's all for this week.

 

 Be well kids.

 

 'Til next time...

 

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