The Giants came into a Philadelphia riding a six game losing streak against the Eagles. They left with a 29-16 loss and the Eagles in shambles. Michael Vick did not finish the game for the second straight week, this time falling victim to a broken hand. The injury appeared to happen after Vick was knocked to the ground after a play in the third quarter. He went to the locker room for x-rays, but returned to the game before even missing a snap. In fact, on the next drive he would lead the Eagles down the field for a FG to give them their first lead of the day. However, on the next drive Vick stayed on the bench as Mike Kafka entered the game and proceeded to throw a pick on his first attempt.
There is really only one Eagle deserving of praise this afternoon and that's RB LeSean McCoy. Shady ran all over the G-man to the tune of 128 yards and a TD, but his singular effort was simply not enough as the Eagles were poor in almost every other facet of the game. The coaching decisions were awful, with the worst being the decision to go for it on 4th down from midfield in the 4th quarter. The Eagles failed to convert and the Giants scored the go-ahead TD on the following drive.
The offense outside of McCoy was just all around bad. Michael Vick was once again hit time and time again and frankly didn't look entirely healthy all day. Steve Smith did his old team a solid by gifting the Giants the first turnover of the game when he let a pass bounce right off his hands into those of Aaron Ross. It took at least three points away from the Eagles and led to a Giants TD. Then of course, there was the slew of penalties against the offensive line...
The defense was again very poor any time the team really needed a stop. This has become a bit of a recurring theme. They sacked Eli Manning three times and had some great three and out series... but any time the Eagles really needed a stop, whether it was after a turnover or late in the game, they failed. And when they fail, they do it big. We're not talking about FGs here, we're talking about TDs every single time. It was the exact same story last week.
The Eagles were simply outplayed and outcoached by a team that I think most would agree is not as talented as them. That's the bottom line. It's inexcusable and now we've got serious questions going forward. This defense is officially not good. The offense now has to be a question with Vick hurt.
The Eagles will next welcome the 2-1 49ers to town.