2. The Eagles didn’t look as dominant as we thought they would
While Philly was able to take down the Giants, the Eagles really didn’t look that strong in the six-point win. If the Giants weren’t playing with their backups, it really feels like NY could have kept things much closer and maybe even won. Jalen Hurts returned from his shoulder injury and he looked a bit rusty at times, including in the second half.
Rookie safety Dane Belton made Hurts pay for trying to be too cute in the third quarter, intercepting a ball in the end zone intended for DeVonta Smith. It was a big-time play for Belton and it most definitely silenced the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field a little bit. The Eagles have Super Bowl hopes, but there’s no way they’ll go on a deep run if they play the way they did in Week 18.
Hurts is one of the most electric players in the game, but he looked like a guy who hadn’t suited up for a couple weeks in this one. Imagine him facing the Giants starting D and having to deal with Azeez Ojulari, Dexter Lawrence, Kayvon Thibodeaux and others. This would have been a completely different contest if those pass-rushers were playing.