Typically you find Thursday Night Football to be a defensive battle between two pretty mediocre teams. Sometimes you get a great matchup with a nail biter, 63 yard field goal finish. Yesterday was none of those things.
The Eagles soared in to MetLife and completely stomped the now 1-5 Giants like everyone thought they would. Eli Manning continues to look terrible on the pass, and his O-line even worse. We can sit here all day wondering why Eli can’t air it out to arguably one of the most talented Wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and to have a second option like Sterling Shepard but the bottom line is that Eli Manning’s time has come. He cannot move around in the pocket, he cannot extend the play, and he certainly cannot run the ball himself.
Eli Manning tried to air it out 43 times and only came down with a measly 24 receptions, no touchdowns and 1 interception. He threw for 283 yards but on the back of the only redeeming quality about the Giants, Saqoun “Thunder Thighs” Barkley absolutely tearing apart the Eagles defense. Barkley ripped a 55 yard catch and run late in the first half and just shuffled and juked his way down the field. I‘m not going to lie, I was pretty down on Thunder Thighs coming into the season. With a bad Offensive line, a Shot caller with no calling ability, and a super star Diva that is OBJ who I imagined they would design their plays around; I just did not think he would see the opportunity to do what he is doing now. Nonetheless, I was wrong and he is absolutely shining on a team that cannot quite get it together.
On the Eagles side of the ball, we have a plethora of pretty talented players that seem to be doing fine with their “best” running back, Jay Ajayi, on IR for the rest of the season. Corey Clement coming off a somewhat minor injury that held him out of the past two games was able to move the ball with 11 carries, 43 yards and 3 receptions, 26 yards and a touchdown. He will be their go to guy the rest of the season, seeing most of the red zone touches.
Carson Wentz seems to be falling back into some of the talent he displayed in his break out year last season. He was able to gain 278 yards going 26/36 and throwing 3 touchdown passes. This is what Carson Wentz does! Now, you might have expected more yards coming from such a talented player but being up 24-6 at the half had them going on the ground to control the clock. Numbers aside, Carson Wentz looked great. He was comfortable in the pocket, he extended his plays, and his throws were juicy. It helps when you have your big boy Zack Ertz getting behind the blockers and bruising through secondarys to get those extra yards. Alshon Jeffery had himself a day as well, catching 8 balls for 74 yards and 2 touchdowns. He doesn’t even look like a guy coming off of shoulder surgery in the offseason that held him out of the first 3 games this year. All in all, the Eagles played a hell of a game coming out of the gates with two quick scores and even getting it done on defense. You know it’s a good day when your defense was the worst part of your game and they only allowed two field goals and a rushing touchdown.
Another one sided Thursday Night Football game in the books but a pretty entertaining game at that! Now we look to a great football Sunday and a sneaky good matchup on Monday with the Greenbay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.
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