Overall Team Grades
My Player of the Game
Heading into this late-game thriller, the Eagles offense was one of the most injured units in the NFL. Offensive linemen, like Jason Peters, and wideouts like Jalen Reagor, hobbled Doug Pederson and the rest of the Eagles were working with a makeshift group. Nevertheless, the Eagles found success in the passing game with Carson Wentz throwing for 359 yards and two touchdowns. While Wentz was prolific as a mobile QB, he still made costly mistakes, including an intentional grounding penalty.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles enjoyed tremendous success forcing turnovers. As a result, the Eagles forced two fumbles against Dion Lewis and Daniel Jones. The strip-sack by Brandon Graham was especially spectacular because it clinched the game for Philly. Plus, Jalen Mills could pick up an excellent diving interception on a tipped pass from Jones. Despite some costly mistakes from the secondary, this defense's front seven pressured Daniel Jones enough to disrupt the Giant's offense.
Alex Singleton (49)
Alex Singleton was a versatile defender against the Giants. He made an impact with two pressures, five tackles, two run-stops and excellent coverage.
Boston Scott (35)
Boston Scott ran for a modest 46 yards on 14 carries for an efficient 3.8 yards/carry. Additionally, Scott hauled in an incredible sideline catch against tight coverage to put Philly up in the last quarter.
Brandon Graham (55)
Brandon Graham is having one of the most underrated seasons in the NFL. He finished this game with three pressures, three tackles, three run-stops, and ended the game with a strip-sack.
Derek Barnett (96)
Barnett had a solid outing with three pressures and two run-stops.
DeSean Jackson (10)
Jackson left the game due to an injury following a dirty hit. Nevertheless, he was an effective part of the Eagles offense, especially on motion plays. His presence extended the field for Wentz and took some attention off other Phillly receivers.
Duke Riley (50)
Duke Riley played excellent coverage in his return from injury.
Fletcher Cox (91)
Cox was solid with two pressures, three tackles, and three run-stops.
Jake Elliott (4)
Elliot missed an inexcusable 20-yard kick.
Jalen Mills (31)
Jalen Mills energized the Eagles defense with an interception. However, Mills also allowed three catches and struggled in run defense.
Jason Kelce (62)
Kelce played phenomenally as a run blocker but struggled to hold up in pass protection.
Josh Sweat (94)
Sweat only had one pressure and one batted pass.
Lane Johnson (65)
Heading into this game, Lane Johnson was suffering a nagging injury. Nevertheless, he played 60 snaps without allowing pressure or penalty.
Matt Pryor (69)
In limited action, Pryor prevented Wentz from being hit, hurried, or pressured in any way.
Nate Herbig (67)
Herbig allowed an inexcusable six pressures but played well as a run blocker.
Rodney McLeod (23)
McLeod continues to excel at the safety position. He finished with 4.5 tackles and allowed zero catches.
Advanced Team Grades
Passing Offense (Overall)
Game Notes on Offense
The Eagles offense was productive on both sides of the ball. With Boston Scott as the Eagles' lead back, he ran for an efficient 46 yards on 12 carries. Furthermore, the Eagles were able to churn out 96 yards in total against a tough Giants run defense. Given that Leonard Williams and the rest of Giants' defense ranks in the top ten against the run, Doug Pederson was wise to lean on his passing attack.
During this game, the Eagles struggled with inconsistency. While Philly was able to move the chains well in the first half, they began the second half with three straight three-and-outs. Therefore the Eagles relied extensively on big plays from their passing game to win this game. As a result, the Eagles attacked the Giants secondary with deep throws to Travis Fulgham, Richard Rodgers, and John Hightower. While these plays are incredible to see, Pederson needs to create a scheme that makes this offense less reliant on late-game heroics.
As a passer, Wentz's aggressiveness helped the Eagles moved the chains throughout the first half of this game. It is important to note that Wentz's aggressiveness led to numerous including an interception to James Bradberry on a throw-away pass and an intentional grounding penalty. Still, the Eagles desperately needed Wentz's heroics in this game and he came through. For instance, Wentz fired multiple lasers at receivers Hightower, Fulgham and Richard Rodgers for deep chunk plays.
However, his running back by committee approach needs to be revisited. While the rest of the NFL is having success with the RB committee scheme, the Eagles are struggling because of it. During this game, Pederson opted to give running backs Corey Clement and Jason Huntley carries. While this makes sense when the lead back is tired, Scott only had 12 carries during this game. Therefore, he should've hogged all the carries for RBs to build momentum as a runner.
The Eagles' hobbled offensive line played poorly against the Giants. Reserves Iosua Opeta, Nate Herbig, and Jordan Mailata each surrendered 5+ pressures in a game where they failed to control the line of scrimmage. On the one hand, you cannot blame these guys for being unable to hold up against monsters like Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams. Plus, Wentz's tendency to hold the ball forever makes these big guys' job difficult. Therefore, Eagles fans should not expect improved protection until the offensive line gets healthier.
Even though the Eagles' injuries have ruined their offensive line, they have led to the emergence of multiple Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham. Ward has been a dependable receiver for Wentz on late down and goal-line situations. Additionally, Travis Fulgham's rise in the Eagles offense is becoming sensational. Despite two drops this season, Fulgham is averaging exactly 100 yards since week 5. Moreover, he is a high flying deep-threat who can moss defensive backs to haul in contested catches.
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage
Game Notes on Defense
Jim Schwartz's defense contained the Giants passing game for most of this game. The key matchup of this game was Giants WR Darius Slayton vs. Eagles CB Darius Slay. While Slay held Slayton in check for most of this game, the Eagles had less success against the rest of New York's receiving corps. Receivers like Golden Tate and Sterling Sherpard made big plays against the Eagles DBs. Likewise, Giants TE Evan Engram had an excellent opportunity to ice this game if not for a bad drop.
In terms of run defense, the statistics make Philly's defense seem especially horrendous against the Giants. Despite the Eagles allowing 160 total rush yards, it is vital to remember that Daniel Jones' lumbering run accounted for half of those yards. Besides that run, the birds front seven did a tremendous job containing Wayne Gallman, Dion Lewis, and Devonta Freeman. Even though none of those backs are as good as Saquon Barkley, the birds forced fumble against Dion Lewis was an energy booster. This fumble, coupled with a diving interception and strip-sack, was just enough to get Philly the clutch dub.
As usual, the Eagles defensive line was the strength of this defense. Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Derek Barnett were active pass rushers who forced eight total pressures and two sacks against Daniel Jones. Interestingly, the LB corps improved this week with some stellar pass rush and tackling from Alex Singleton along with great coverage by Duke Riley. Unfortunately, LB Nathan Gerry continues to be a defensive liability due to his lackluster speed in coverage and run defense.
In the secondary, the matchup to watch was Darius Slay vs. Darius Slayton. Throughout the day, Slay well shadowing Slayton in coverage. Unfortunately, his teammate Nickell Robey-Coleman was not as lucky. In fact, Robey-Coleman was targetted five times this game and gave up 51 yards. Similarly, Cre-Von Leblanc also was burned in coverage.
Special Teams Comments
Elliot missed an inexcusable FG that was less than 30-yards away.
Play of the Game
Carson Wentz GW 18-yard passing touchdown to Boston Scott
Comments on Coaching
Doug Pederson's had a quality game plan coming into his game against the Giants. Pederson attacked the Giants' vulnerable LB corps by leaning on the Eagles' passing game and neutralizing their dominant defensive line. However, the Eagles execution was underwhelming. For instance, the Eagles offensive line was completely unprepared, heading into this contest. Matt Opeta and Jordan Malaita were especially horrible in this game. While these are reserve players, Doug needs to a better job quickly developing his backups if they have any chance of protecting Wentz.
Likewise, Pederson's second-half adjustments failed to materialize during the third quarter. When an offense begins a quarter with three consecutive three-and-outs, it's obvious that the coach was outcoached. Stale play-calling played a huge role in this issue because Carson Wentz needs an aggressive system to be productive. Additionally, Pederson missed an opportunity to energize the Eagles offense with Jalen Hurts' creative playmaking.
Nevertheless, Pederson came through in the last quarter. His decision to let Wentz air the ball out to Richard Rodgers, Travis Fulgham and John Hightower brought Philly back in the game. Furthermore, his excellent play-calling on the final drives were integral for the Eagles victory. Still, Pederson needs to do a better job of sustaining this successful play calling throughout the whole game.