In a dominant performance over the New York Giants on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles reminded football fans and critics alike, why and how they became the #1 seed in the NFC with the best record in the entire NFL.
The Eagles absolutely destroyed the visiting Giants on Saturday night. Putting on a full clinic from beginning to end. Sending a message that they are in fact back! After the struggles through the final three weeks of the campaign that saw the Birds go 1-2 during that stretch without starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and his protection at right tackle Lane Johnson – questions were answered of if they would be able pick up where they left off before the injuries took over. Now, New York may not have been on the same level as the next opponent in the San Francisco 49ers. But, they were the next team up to at least show us what we needed to see from a healthy Philadelphia team.
The Eagles won this game by controlling the lines of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. And I mean controlled! 268 yards on the ground from the rushing attack. Led by Kenneth Gainwell’s 112 yards and a touchdown. Miles Sanders carried the ball 17 times for 90 yards. And Jalen Hurts was enough of a threat as a runner to put pressure on the Giants’ defense by picking up 34 yards on nine carries. A small total of yards but again it’s the threat of his runs. The Giant killer, Boston Scott, was at it again with a rushing TD and 32 yards on six carries. Hurts didn’t have to do much by airing it out through the air. Again, simply showing the threat of it being a possibility. The offense was dynamic again.
The defensive line was also dominant by not allowing New York to get comfortable with anything. Daniel Jones looked like the old version of himself. They took Saqoun Barkley out of the game. And the wide receivers looking again like the 4th and 5th stringers they are. It was a nice run by the Giants, but they just aren’t ready. They’ll get there. As for the Eagles, we’ll see how ready they are next Sunday as they host the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game for the right to play in the Super Bowl. These are no doubt the two best teams in the conference. Should be a great game with both teams at full strength.