By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia Eagles had a lot to play for today against the New York Giants. They could finally clinch a playoff spot with a victory today and continue to assert dominance over another NFC East opponent. Philly checked off both things as they dominated the Giants from the opening kickoff. Thanks to a dominant passing game from Jalen Hurts who literally threw New York off their home field and beat them 48-22. With the victory the Eagles clinched a playoff spot.
This was the first time this season that New York and Philly met, and the Eagles continued their offensive dominance of another opponent with a great defensive unit. Jalen Hurts (completed 21/31 passes for 217 yards and completed two touchdown passes), carved the Giants up on all levels of their unit. He attacked them from the short, medium, and long-distance passing game. There was nothing the Giants could do to stop him. The Eagles went right down the field on their opening possession, which was capped off by a Miles Sanders’ (17 carries, 144 yards, and two touchdowns), rushing touchdown. During that drive the Eagles used their multi-faceted offensive attack to keep New York on their heels. They used slant plays, and multiple rushing plays to go right down the field. The Eagles showed how diverse they can be from the offensive attack and Hurts connected with Devonta Smith and AJ Brown for back-to-back touchdown passes. The Smith touchdown catch was on a fourth down and Hurts threw it to him, and the ball just got in there over the outstretch arms of a safety for a 41-yard score. Again, he is showing so much command of the offense that he is turning ill-advised throws into touchdown scores for the Eagles. His continued improvement in the passing game has him front and center as a top contender for the MVP award and the Eagles are the best team in the league. They can attack defenses in multiple ways and there are not many teams in the league that have a deep enough defensive unit to contend with their offensive attack.
Nothing really worked for the Giants tonight, the Eagles had them shackled throughout this game. They came out and got back-to-back sacks on Daniel Jones (Sacked six times today). He did not have much time to get a pass out before there was a hand in his face. The defensive front continuing to put pressure on quarterbacks has opened up the defensive capabilities of the Eagles and if they can continue the defensive dominance, you might as well pencil them in for a super bowl appearance in Arizona.
Philly will now prepare for a showdown with the young and hungry Chicago Bears next Sunday afternoon, and the Eagles will need to make sure they get pressure and tackle Justin Fields. Who is just as deadly with his legs as Hurts. The defensive unit will need to make sure they put him on the ground, and not give him time to find an open receiver or run it down their throats. If they want to get their 13th victory of the season.
On the win and clinching a playoff spot, “This is the 1st step… the ultimate thing is to get a ring,” said Eagles Defensive End Brandon Graham.