Eagles get an ugly, amazing comeback win over Giants | Instant Analysis


It was ugly. It was painful to watch.

It was a win.

The Eagles are now 2-4-1 following their come-from-behind, 22-21 win over the New York Giants on Thursday night, a game it felt like they had no business winning, but secured with 12-fourth quarter points.

It will be interesting to see how fans feel after this one, but for now, here are some thoughts from the game:

Carson Wentz
** Wentz started the game red hot, going 4/4 for 45 yards, a 113.5 passer rating and a touchdown run on the opening drive of the game. Things went south quickly from there, however, as the issues that have plagued him so far this season — accuracy and poor pocket presence — showed up.
** Wentz had three plays where he could have thrown the ball away, but twice he took a sack and on another he was called for intentional grounding. At times Wentz looked like a rookie with some of his decisions making — including a pass that he threw across his body, across the field and into double coverage that luckily wasn’t intercepted.
** Wentz had Travis Fulgham wide open on the first snap of the Eagles’ second drive for what should have been a 15-plus yard gain, but the ball sailed on him and went out of bounds over Fulgham’s outstretched arms. The Eagles went three-and-out on the drive.
** Wentz threw an interception with just under five minutes to play in the first half on a pass that was lobbed into the end zone. It was a bad throw, a bad decision and a reckless play. It also killed the momentum the team had after Jalen Mills forced an interception.
** Wentz's game-winning touchdown throw to Boston Scott was maybe his best throw of the season. The window was tiny, but Wentz put it where only Scott could catch it. An elite throw.
** Give Wentz credit -- he was terrible almost all night. He wasn't when he had to be in the fourth quarter, and almost every way, that matters more than how he played in the first three quarters.

Jalen Hurts
** Jalen Hurts got on the field on the first drive of the game, handing the ball off for a short gain that was called back because of a penalty. Hurts made his first impact of the game on the Eagles’ third drive of the game, lining up in the slot on a 2nd-and-eight play that resulted in a 15-gain completion to Boston Scott. Hurts clearly caught the attention of the defense, allowing Scott to be wide open along the the left sideline. From there, Hurts sat on the bench until midday through the third quarter. It was shocking how little Hurts was in the game considering how effective the plays with him on the field were last week vs. Pittsburgh

Running Backs
*** The Eagles weren’t able to get anything going in the running game. While the offensive line wasn’t great, one thing was very clear — they missed Miles Sanders.
*** Scott's game-winning touchdown catch was a great throw, but also a great catch. Scott did an excellent job holding on and staying in bounds with very little space to work with.

Wide Receivers
** DeSean Jackson got the start, as expected, and got the ball on the first snap on an end-around that gained 12-yards. Doug Pederson clearly tried to get Jackson involved early as the second play also went to Jackson, a 10-yard completion along the left sideline. Jackson was a complete non-factor the rest of the game.
** Travis Fulgham continues to show he is the real deal. Fulgham made a really nice 16-yard catch towards the end of the first half, keeping both feet in bounds one a nice throw by Wentz along the right sideline. The pass helped get the Eagles into field goal range with under a minute to play in the first half. He then pulled in a 40-yard catch on a bad pass from Wentz towards the end of the third quarter to put the Eagles on the Giants’ 9-yard line.
** John Hightower certainly knows how to get behind the defense. Hightower got behind the defense twice last week vs. Baltimore, and did it again on Thursday night, pulling in a 59-yard pass in the fourth quarter. The Eagles need to keep playing him and allowing him to develop.

Offensive Line
** Lane Johnson came out of the game on the eighth play of the game. Matt Pryor replaced him at right tackle. Johnson deserves credit for even suiting up, considering he is still dealing with an ankle injury and was only playing because Jack Driscoll was hurt. At this point, however, it would likely be better for Johnson and the team if he rested until he was 100%, instead of coming in-and-out of the game like he has the first seven weeks. He left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.
*** It was an up-and-down first start for left guard Sua Opeta, which is to be expected for his first NFL start. It seemed like Opeta was responsible for most of the pressure on Wentz in the first half, and was called for a holding penalty in the second quarter with the Eagles’ backed up against their own goal line.
*** Considering who the offensive line was playing with, it was not a complete disaster against the Giants. But it was not an encouraging performance from any of the young offensive linemen, especially against a mediocre -- at best -- Giants defensive line.

Defensive Line
*** Defensive end Josh Sweat forced a fumble with just under a minute to play in the first half, giving the Eagles offense the ball on the Giants’ 42-yard line. The Eagles were not able to take advantage of it, however, as Jake Elliott missed a field goal at the end of the first half.

*** Nate Gerry had a sack on the Giants’ opening drive of the second half, coming from the right side untouched and bringing down Daniel Jones from behind for a seven-yard loss.

*** Avonte Maddox was active for the game but was not on the field to start, with Nickell Robey-Coleman starting on the outside for the second-straight week.
*** Darius Slay was called for holding on 2nd-and-3 on the Giants’ first drive of the game, giving them a first-down instead of facing a 3rd-and-3.
*** Cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc was out jumped by receiver Golden Tate on a 39-yard Giants touchdown with just over four minutes to play in the first quarter. The coverage was good, but Tate just went up and got it over LeBlanc, then ran it in from about 10-yards out untouched. LeBlanc was flagged for a pass interference call in the fourth quarter on a deep pass to Tate, giving the Giants a fresh set of downs.
*** Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman was called for a clear pass interference penalty on 3rd-and-goal from the 3-yard line, giving the Giants a fresh set of downs. They scored on the next play, taking a 14-10 lead.

** Jalen Mills caused the first turnover of the game with just over 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Mills made a diving catch off of a tipped ball, grabbing the ball before it hit the ground for the interception.

*** Jake Elliott is officially in a funk and the Eagles might soon need to make a very tough decision. Elliott missed a 29-yard field goal at the end of the first half, his third miss in the last three weeks. This one wasn’t from 50-plus yards — it was an easy field goal and one he has to make. Elliott has made a lot of big kicks for this team, but things change quickly for kickers in the NFL, and the Eagles have to at least start considering what they will do if the funk continues.

Doug Pederson
*** Eagles came out and went no-huddle on the first drive of the game. The result? A 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that gave the Eagles the lead right off the bat. Pederson going to tempo got the offense going, and his decision to get Jackson involved early paid off, as the receiver totaled 31 of the team’s 75 yards.
*** The Giants were flagged for offensive pass interference on 3rd-and-3 on their opening drive of the game. The pass was completed, giving them a 4th-and-1 situation, but Pederson accepted the penalty to push them back 10 yards, giving them 3rd-and-13. The Giants were short on third after Jones got 10 yards on a run, but a risky decision by Pederson early on.
*** Pederson can’t always control what happens once the ball is snapped, but he appeared to call a play on 4th-and-goal from the 3-yard line in the fourth quarter in which the first option was Hakeem Butler. Yes, Hakeem Butler — the undrafted wide receiver who the team has been teaching tight end the last few weeks. Even with the injuries the team is dealing with on offense, calling a play for Butler is head scratching to say the least.
*** Pederson's play call on the Eagles' two-point conversion in the fourth quarter was also a bad one and certainly lacked imagination, as Wentz just ran basically up the middle and was tackled. If you are going to run that play, run it with Hurts.

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