Bird Is The Word Week 5: @ New York Giants

Posted: October 9, 2013 in Eagles

Bird Is The Word.

A week after being ripped apart by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, the Eagles took a trip up the Jersey Turnpike to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants.

To say that both teams needed a win may be the understatement of the year (or one of). Obviously the Eagles have been struggling, but the Giants were coming into the game 0-4 and stuck in the basement of the NFC East.

What better way for the Eagles to get back to their winning ways than by dealing the rival Giants another loss? Well, that’s exactly what the Eagles did.

The Eagles finally showed some signs of life, and some consistency as well, beating the Giants 36-21.

From Vick To Nick

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All throughout the first half, Michael Vick stymied the Giants defense with his mobility. They didn’t seem to have an answer for when Vick broke for a run. The Eagles utilized the run game early on. In fact, the Eagles didn’t execute a single passing play in the entire first quarter.

However, late in the first half, Michael Vick appeared to injure his hamstring after scrambling for a run. Although he came back to play the Eagles opening drive of the second half, he was clearly not able to maneuver well on his injured hamstring and was taken out of the game and replaced by Nick Foles.

Even with Foles replacing Michael Vick, the Eagles offense wasn’t really thrown off by the change, other than the change of style given that Foles does not have the mobility of Vick. Foles wasted no time, connecting with tight end Brent Celek in the third quarter to give the Eagles some breathing room. Foles finished the game with 197 yards and two touchdowns in relief.

All signs are pointing to Nick Foles starting next game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Michael Vick is unlikely to play. Oddly enough, it was in Tampa Bay last season when Nick Foles, who was by that point the starting quarterback for the Eagles, led the Eagles to a come from behind win.

Wait, They Have a Defense?

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Through the first 4 games of the season, the Eagles defense has been flat-out awful, even for a unit learning a new system. Missed tackles and poor pressure on opposing players plagued the Eagles all season.

Fortunately, things were different on Sunday. After another lackluster showing in t he first half, the defense looked different in the second half. Maybe it was a combination of the Giants offense continuing to struggle, but the defense actually was up for the task.

They came up with several huge interceptions and recovered a fumble that was gift wrapped by Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who literally dropped the ball before crossing the line of scrimmage. Either way, the Eagles were glad to recover the ball.

Ok so the Giants are struggling in every which way. I mean there is a reason they were 0-4 going into Sunday’s game. Still, this type of performance was exactly what the Eagles needed. Hopefully they can carry the momentum over to the next week.

In The Red Zone, But Not The End Zone…

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I am not sure how many fantasy owners had Eagles kicker Alex Henery on their team, but those who did made out pretty well this week. In addition to the two extra points, Henery converted all 5 of his field goal attempts.

For those who had him on their fantasy team, it was not so bad. For those who want to see the Eagles win it’s a different story.

The Eagles offense has been great getting into the red zone. What happens once they are in the red zone is a different story. The offense has gotten into the red zone only to settle for a field goal far too many times. Simply put, the Eagles cannot win if they constantly settle for field goals. Fortunately, they were able to score some touchdowns against the Giants.

Kudos to Alex Henery for converting whenever he was asked. That’s all you can really ask from your kicker.

To Tampa They Go

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The Eagles travel down to Tampa to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will be an interesting matchup at quarterback with rookie Mike Glennon of the Buccaneers taking on Nick Foles, who will a most certainly be starting in place of the injured Michael Vick. Hopefully, like he did last season, Foles can lead the Eagles to another win in Tampa.

We’ll see on Sunday if the Eagles can carry their momentum down to Tampa.

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