Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants Recap
Even more pressing for the Eagles, was a sense that the once haloed offensive football system of head coach Chip Kelly might not be well suited for the professional ranks. Much of the local rumor mill content of the week surrounded Kelly and a recent head coaching vacancy at a big name Pac-10 school in Southern California, not the state of football in the Big Philly. There were many hardened Eagle fans that murmured their hopes for Kelly to take his circus like atmosphere back to the college ranks.
With the Dallas Cowboys trying to stay afloat after losing two of their super stars, the Washington Redskins just trying to stay afloat, this was a chance for either the Giants or Eagles to takeover first place and control of the division, as we edge closer to the halfway point in the regular season. Following an impressive Giants drive after the opening kick off, the Eagles would go about their business of putting all the idle rumors to rest; reasserting preseason projections that they were the best team in the East Division.
Eli Manning drove the Giants 80 impressive yards in those first 8 plays from scrimmage, hooking up with Odell Beckham Jr. on a 13 yard pass completion for six. Beckham would press his index finger to his lips, indicating that he felt the frenzied Philadelphia crowd was going to be hushed silent on this Monday evening. That would be last bit of silence the Giants would hear, as the Eagle’s defense would render the New York offense silent for the remainder of the game.
Riley Cooper, silent himself most of the 2015 season, would wake up with a loud roar, snagging a 32 yard strike from Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford to knot the score at 7-7. Just minutes into a 2nd quarter offensive possession by New York, Nolan Carroll would step in front of an errant Eli Manning pass and haul it to pay dirt for a Philadelphia pick-6. Caleb Sturgis would connect on a 37-yard field goal with 3 ticks left on the 1st half clock to send the Eagles to the locker room with a 10-point advantage.
DeMarco Murray, who would finally assert himself as the running back the Eagles had hoped for when the lured him over from their rivals the Cowboys, rushed for over 100-yards on the evening, including a 3rd quarter twelve yard run that stretched the Philadelphia lead to 17 points.
The Philadelphia defense would at this point take total control of the game. The Giants managed only one 2nd half drive that was not 3 feeble plays and a punt. That 9-play drive in the 4th quarter was not much of drive at all in its own right, generating a measly 17 yards in those 9 offensive snaps. While New York was stalling on offense, the Eagles were still moving the ball with ease, only to shoot themselves in the foot with a pair of Sam Bradford 4th quarter interceptions. These untimely turnovers drew some uncomfortable moans from the Philly faithful, as they ended drives that would have conveniently buried the Giants for good.
But, even with Philadelphia wasting opportunities and seemingly trying to keep the Giants in the game, the New York offense could do little or nothing to move the football. Caleb Sturgis punched home his second field goal of the night to set the final 20-point margin of victory and the Eagles were back to .500 football at 3-3, plus had themselves perched back atop the NFC East Division.