Eagles Embarrass Giants on TNF
It started ugly for the New York Giants, and aside from three big plays from rookie running back Saquon Barkley, it only got worse from there.
And, for maybe the first time this season, the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles looked the part, manhandling their NFC East rivals 34-13. Philly's 24-first-half-points were more than the team had posted in any one single game so far this season.
For the Giants, it didn't take long for the offense to go off the tracks. On the game's second play, Eli Manning had a pass deflected and intercepted to setup the Eagles on the 16-yard line. It resulted in a 13-yard TD pass from Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffrey just three plays later.
The Giants would get a field goal on their next possession to make it a 7-3 game, but that was as close as it would get. The Eagles' controlled the line of scrimmage on defense, while Wentz and company shredded New York's defensive secondary for 278-yards and three touchdowns on offense.
The lone ray of sunshine for Pat Shurmur's offense were a handful of big plays from rookie running back Saquon Barkley.
- a 46-yard run
- a 55-yard catch and run
- a 50-yard TD run
Barkley himself accounted for 229-yards of offense - 130 rushing and 99 receiving.
The Giants fall to 1-5, and on the field looked like a team in peril offensively, and uninterested defensively.
Jeffrey caught two touchdown passes for the Eagles while Zach Ertz reeled in the other.
Manning was sacked four times. For New York, Olivier Vernon returned to the field and recorded the team's lone sack.
The Giants (1-5) visit the Falcons on Monday Night Football next week. The Eagles (3-3) host the Panthers next Sunday.