We suck less! We suck less! We suck less!!!
Nice win today. Eagles improve to 2-3. The defense was only awful for part of the game. The defense actually made some plays and showed some confidence.
Obviously the huge story was Nick Foles taking over for Mike Vick after Vick’s 1st half injury. Both guys played well, but in different ways. Vick ran the ball really well today. Foles threw the ball well, finishing with a rating of 114.9.
It was great to see DeSean Jackson having a big day, going 7-132. He also had a Red Zone TD. LeSean McCoy started well, going 13-50. He finished 7 for -4. The Giants did an excellent job against the run in the 2nd half. There were stretches when the Eagles interior trio struggled to contain them.
I wrote last night about Chip Kelly’s vision for the defense. Takeaways are far more important than yards allowed. The Eagles had 4 takeaways today, 3 INTs and a fumble recovery. Kelly’s focus is getting the ball back to his offense. The Eagles got those takeaways and turned them into points.
Chip Kelly said that we’ll have to wait and see what the deal with Vick is. He had a hamstring injury. Might be fine by the middle of the week. Or he could miss some time. We’ll wait til Tuesday to really get into that angle.
This win is important because it breaks a 3-game losing streak, but we can’t make too much of it. The Giants are now 0-5. They were hurt coming into the game and got banged up in the game. Beating them doesn’t prove much. It was important to see the Eagles show they were the better team today. The Eagles have lost those kinds of games in recent years.
If there some good news for the defense, it is that the young guys played pretty well. Mychal Kendricks had an INT and FR. Brandon Boykin did a good job on Salsa Cruz and had an INT. Ced Thornton was robbed of a safety. Earl Wolff played pretty well. Fletcher Cox did some good things. Bennie Logan got his first sack, which was created by Vinny Curry. Vinny was disruptive.
The defense still has a long way to go, but at least they showed some signs of life.
The Eagles have now scored 30 points in 3 of 5 games. They only did it once last year.
What’s better…that the Eagles are 2-3 or the Giants are 0-5?