The New York Giants truly dropped the ball in their Week 6 NFC East rivalry game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Take a look at 5 takeaways from this terrible effort by the Giants as they looked lost and confused when it came to showing up confident they could leave victorious.
Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Nate Allen (29) keeps New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) from catching the ball during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Giants 27-0. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
5. WR Odell Beckham Jr. Non-Factor In Matchup
After having a rather solid debut a week prior, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. failed to deliver when it came to playing against one of the better teams in the NFL. The Giants only produced 253 overall yards on offense as it was their second-lowest total so far this season. Not only couldn’t the Giants move the chains to get first downs, Beckham only had 28 yards in this game. He was easily shut-down for every standpoint.
Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles (43) breaks the tackle attempt of New York Giants defensive end Damontre Moore (98) and scores a touchdown during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
4. RB Darren Sproles Had a Field Day
One of the most versatile weapons on the Eagles team, running back Darren Sproles was quite the contributor for his team. The Giants had no answers for what Sproles brought to the table as he was able to draw attention to him on offense to open up the field for his fellow teammates. Even though he only contributed about 39 yards on offense, his big play of 15 yards down the field helped to create a nice momentum to seal the game for the Eagles.
Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) grabs his knee in the end zone against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. He was carted off the field with an injury. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
3. WR Victor Cruz’s Season-Ending Injury
Words can’t describe the collective shock that most fans experienced when they saw wide receiver Victor Cruz go down in excruciating pain. In what will ultimately be a severe season-ending knee injury, one can’t help but realize that he was adding too much on his plate due to how the Giants were getting phased out of the game. With a sputtering offense, Cruz tried to go above the call of duty and try to carry the team on his shoulders, overexerted himself on passes coming his way. While he gets an A for effort, sometimes you have to play smarter, not harder.
Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) tackles Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
2. Giants’ Defensive Line Couldn’t Get To QB Nick Foles
It seems like quarterback Nick Foles had as much time as he needed in the pocket as he was able to dissect the Giants defense like there is no tomorrow. Passing for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns, Foles was precise and effective as the Giants were unable to add any pressure whatsoever to try and make something happen. Even though the Giants’ defense is credited for two interceptions in this matchup, the fact that they failed to capitalize on the turnovers shows they couldn’t punch in anything for the scoreboard to show for it.
Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a loss against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Giants, 27-0. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
1. “Lil Eli” Came To Play
One must think that animated viral videos will always do the trick, eh? As the Eagles made sure to get inside the head of quarterback Eli Manning, it absolutely worked. Manning was completely out of sync in this game and had an abysmal 8.9 quarterback rating. Whether he kept thinking about that video amidst the frustrating parts of the game will never be know. One thing is for sure though, he and the rest of his team sure dropped the ball in trying to extend their winning streak.