By Roxana Herrera // @rxnlzbth
Eagles 34 Giants 13
After a rainy night in the Meadowlands, Eagles managed to get an easy win. Now what? I’ll go ahead and volunteer to be a Negative Nancy today because, quite frankly, I am not happy with this win.
After two disappointing back to back losses, a win was desperately needed. Especially against a division rival, and a team with a losing record at that. It just isn’t a sweet victory as say beating the Minnesota Vikings – a team that the Eagles demolished last year in the NFC Championship.
Newly signed and returning wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been another weapon for quarterback Carson Wentz. He added 26 yards for the team, but I think having more options downfield will only help Wentz. WRs Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery continue to shine this season, and having Jeffery back has been a major threat for defenses.
With running back Jay Ajayi out for the season with a torn ACL, and Darren Sproles still uncertain to return, young star Corey Clement has stepped up to the plate as being the go-to running back. Clement stacked up three receptions for 26 yards but with his size and agility, he will easily add more as the season progresses.
Tight end Zach Ertz and Wentz’s relationship on the field will definitely go down in NFL history. Ertz’s numbers weren’t superb last night but for Wentz to have an additional receiver whom he can rely on for big plays, scares defenses because of Ertz’s ability to make athletic plays.
Eagles’ defense hasn’t been impressive thus far. There have been too many missed tackles, and despite a couple of controversial roughing the passer penalties, I think this defense has a lot to improve on. The secondary is an issue. Starting left tackle Jason Peters left the game with a biceps injury, though head coach Doug Pederson described him as “Okay”. This news still comes with bad timing since so many players have missed games due to getting hurt.
I sincerely hope that this win boosts Philly’s confidence a bit and becomes the beginning of a winning streak. At this point, they are 1-1 against conference rivals, with an important win against the Atlanta Falcons to kick off the season. Any more losses and home field advantage can slip through their hands.
There’s not much time left to figure out how to work as a team and, work with new players, and get others back from injury. Fortunately, the Eagles get a huge break for the next ten days to rest a bit before playing the Carolina Panthers at home. They then travel to London to play the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is a big game because it’s the Eagles’ first time playing in London and against a tough defense.
It’s going to be an interesting rest of October.
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