If the Eagles would have converted the 4th downs and ended up scoring touchdowns later on the drive, we’d be talking about how great Doug Pederson is and we love his aggressiveness. Well, it didn’t work out and it probably cost them them the game. Perhaps the problem wasn’t the decision to go for it, but the play calls that Doug Pederson made. The first one was a designed run for Wentz and the second was a Darren Sproles run. Both plays fooled no one.
Doug did go for it on 4th and 9, late in the forth quarter from the Giants 46. The Eagles converted and were able to kick a field goal to make it a five point game.
Doug needs to run the ball more and needs to use Sproles less. The more touches that Sproles gets, the less effective he is in getting a big play.
In this postgame press conference, Doug mentioned “execution” over and over. And he’s totally correct. The players have to execute the plays better, but that’s on the coaches just as much, if not more than the players. That is coaching right?
Bad decision to challenge an incomplete pass by the Giants in the 2nd half. Another close game and another loss.
Carson Wentz continues to have throws and periods of games where he looks like the rookie that he is. The first 3 games of the season, he didn’t ever look uncomfortable when he was pressured, but the last few games, he looks uneasy when he doesn’t have a clean pocket. Had a nice day throwing the ball to the tight ends. The 58-yard completion to Bryce Treggs was under thrown and would have been an easy touchdown if it was on the money. The first play after the Nolan Carroll interception was badly under thrown as well. Triggs had a step on Rodgers Cromartie. If he airs it out, might be a touchdown. Yet another game where the team had a chance to win the game down the stretch and they fell short. In thesis instances, I blame the coach the most for the losses, but the quarterback isn’t far behind. He needs some blame too
Running Backs: B
Wendell Smallwood had a nifty 19 yard run, but didn’t see another carry until 10 minutes to go in the game. Darren Sproles had more yards and carries than any of back, but he only had 3 catches for 14 yards in the passing game. More of Sproles has meant less of big play Sproles. Ryan Matthews looks like an afterthought at this point with only 5 carries, but did have a nice touchdown run. Kenjon Barner had a good second effort on his touchdown run
Offensive Line: C+
Run blocking was decent, but their pass protection of Carson Wentz wasn’t great. Didn’t hear Big V’s name mentioned at all. Not a great day overall, but good enough to win
Wide Receivers & Tight Ends: D
Zach Ertz had his most active game of the season and Trey Burton was productive in the 1st half with 3 catches for 55 yards.
Bryce Treggs was able to make a couple of plays, including his 58-yard reception that would have been a touchdown if the ball wasn’t under thrown. He also beat Rodgers-Cromartie on the first play after the Nolan Carroll inceptions, but again the ball was under thrown. Could have been a touchdown. Jordan Matthews had 6 catches for 88 yards, but is just so erratic, flopping around the field. I also thought he could have made a better play on the ball on the final play of the game. Goes back to the erratic nature of Matthews, he doesn’t have great body control. Dorial Green-Beckham didn’t seem all that interested in playing today.
Defensive Line: C+
Eli Manning was getting the ball out early to avoid pressure and it worked. The Eagles only managed one sack and didn’t disrupt Manning at all during most of the game. The unit played well against the run, holding to the Giants to 54 yards rushing. Beau Allen had a good game in the absence of Bennie Logan.
Was about to write that Jordan Hicks wasn’t heard from much today, but what a exceptional effort on his 4th quarter interception. Nigel Bradham was his usual active self, leading the team with 10 tackles.
Bottom line is the Eagles corners just aren’t good enough. Leodis McKelvin had a long day trying to cover whoever he was assigned to. A few busted coverages allowed three early touchdowns by Eli Manning. Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins were just “eh”. Didn’t see Jalen Mills a lot today. He was beat badly by Odell Beckham, but the pass was off the mark.
Blocked field goal turned costly at the end of the game. When given the other opportunity, Sturgis hid all three of his field goals. Coverage until did a good job and Donnie Jones had a 47 yard average on this three punts, with one being downed inside the 20. Darren Sproles had a 66 yard punt return, but the Eagles couldn’t make it count as they turned the ball over on downs.