Philadelphia, PA - I don’t think even the most pessimistic of Eagles fans could have predicted a start like this. It’s far from ideal, but it’s not as terrible as one might think. For one, the NFC East is laughably bad. The Washington Football Team has a new name but the same losing ways, the Dallas Cowboys have an extremely leaky defense and are now without their star quarterback, and the New York Giants are still not the worst New York team -- even at 1-5.
Giants Take on Philadelphia Eagles at Home
Secondly, the Eagles are undoubtedly the best one-win team in football -- not exactly the claim to fame you’d like, but it’s something. We’ve given both the Steelers and the Ravens all they can handle in back-to-back weeks, with Carson Wentz playing his best game of the year against Baltimore last week. Philly almost came all the way back in front of limited fans but fell short after a botched option play on a game-tying, 2-point conversion attempt.
Now the Eagles get a short week of rest before hosting the Giants, who are coming off their first win of the season against the Redskins. Without star running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants are going to have to rely on the young Daniel Jones to lead their offense. I expect the Eagles to get after him early and often, and double cover receiver Darius Slayton, who looks like a star-in-the-making and is New York’s best offensive threat.
For the Eagles offense, they need to figure out whatever got into them at the end of last week’s game and do it again for 60 minutes this time. Wentz was making all the throws. The receivers made all the catches. It was beautiful. This feels like a game where the Birds can turn things truly around. No Zach Ertz and no Miles Sanders hurt this offense, but the back-up players have stepped up - most notably Travis Fulgham, who turned in another impressive performance last week.
I think the Eagles will down the Giants on Thursday night and really put pressure on Dallas. The Cowboys have a slim division lead but just got slammed in Arlington by the Arizona Cardinals. They get Washington this week, in a game that many Eagles fans will undoubtedly want to tune into in this wide-open NFC East.
Final Score: Eagles, 35. Giants, 21.
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