Thursday night, the Eagles got back on track. This was exactly what the Eagles needed. After starting the season 2-3, the Eagles got a much-needed morale boost against the lowly New York Giants. They came out and dominated this team from the beginning to the end of the game en route to reaching 3-3. Here are 6 takeaways from this game:
1. The defense struck quick and often.
On the Giants’ first drive, Kamu Gruiger-Hill picked off a bad pass from Eli Manning and it set the Birds up in the red zone which led to the first of Alshon Jeffery’s 2 TDs in this game. The secondary made Odell Beckham Jr. feel invisible the entire game with Ronald Darby especially having a good game. By the defense setting the tone, it made the offense meet their level of intensity.
2. Carson Wentz played like he was the best player on the field.
In a game where the Eagles needed him to carry them, Wentz stepped up. He looked confident and competent the whole time he was on the field. He would routinely fire and complete passes and run the ball like he did pre-ACL injury. He was the best player on the field and he acted like it.
3. Saquon Barkley is great.
I know he doesn’t play for the Eagles, but, he is a special player. Good Lord.
4. The energy was totally different from the Eagles.
The team came out and played to their strength from the beginning to the end. This looked like a team that wanted to win, and it showed on the field.
5. Maybe they don’t need an RB?
For all of the hype about needing a running back, the Eagles’ current stable of running backs held their own. Corey Clement rushed for 43 yds and a TD as well as catching 3 passes for 26 yds. Wendell Smallwood rushed for 51 yds as well. The two backs allowed for the tone to be set for the rest of the offense and allowed Wentz to throw it down the field.
6. This is a good step.
While the Eagles needed to win this game, it is not the be-all end-all for the season. Next week, they play the always dangerous Panthers and then go on to face the Jaguars in London. For the Eagles to have a good shot to win those games, they need to play like they did on Thursday night.
As mentioned before, the Panthers come to town to play the Eagles next Sunday, and they will not be an easy team to beat.
[Featured Image: AP Photo/Julio Cortez]
Luke is a native of Langhorne, PA. He is a diehard Philly fan and is a graduate of George Mason University.