The Giants fall to 0-5 as three Eli Manning interceptions in the fourth quarter turned a close game into another demoralizing loss.
Full game grades and analysis are below.
New York: 21
Game Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: Up until the beginning of the fourth quarter, this unit was having a strong day. Eli Manning and his receivers were moving the ball with ease behind an offensive line that was providing good protection. Then that all changed with three straight drives ending on Manning interceptions, which turned a nail-biter into another blowout loss.
Manning simply needs to be much more careful with the ball. His propensity to throw backbreaking interceptions virtually every week is completely unacceptable for a quarterback with his credentials.
Run Offense: The absence of David Wilson for more than half the game didn’t help the production in this unit. Still, getting any sort of a running game going has been impossible for this team. The offensive line rarely gets a push and the running backs aren’t breaking tackles or making defenders miss enough.
Pass Defense: This unit was good in stretches, but overall an average Eagles passing attack was able to move the ball too easily through the air. The combination of Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride allowed DeSean Jackson to continuously get open.
Also, Amukamara’s pass interference penalty against Jackson midway through the third quarter, which cost the Giants defense 27 yards, was ill-timed. It was the first play after New York had scored 14 unanswered points to take a 21-19 lead.
Run Defense: They only allowed 10 yards rushing in the second half thanks to a combination of better play and the Eagles focusing more on the pass with pocket-passer Nick Foles behind center for an injured Michael Vick.
This has been the best, most consistent unit for the Giants all season long.
Special Teams: Outside of the McBride gaffe in the first quarter, there were no major issues for this unit. Steve Weatherford had a solid day punting, especially in terms of not allowing the Eagles to get many returns. Also, Josh Brown had four touchbacks and didn’t allow a kickoff to be returned.
Coaching: The Giants had four turnovers and gave up 136 yards in penalties. They were also out of second-half timeouts before the fourth quarter started.
When you pile all this on top of the fact that Tom Coughlin gave the Eagles an extra down in the first quarter by accepting a holding penalty, when he could have forced them to punt by declining, it wasn’t exactly a banner day for the Giants coaching staff.
First-Half Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: Eli Manning has 152 yards passing but has not looked sharp on shorter-to-intermediate throws. The offensive line has done a better job of protecting Manning compared to the last two weeks, as they did not allow a sack in the first half.
Run Offense: The terrible play by this unit continues. They only have 32 yards rushing, and a Brandon Jacobs fumble in the second quarter helped set up Philadelphia’s third field goal.
Pass Defense: After a good first quarter where they didn’t allow any passing yards, this unit struggled mightily in the second quarter. The low-light was Trumaine McBride whiffing on an interception that allowed DeSean Jackson to catch a long pass on the Eagles' first touchdown drive.
Also, outside of a resurgence by Jason Pierre-Paul, the pass rush has once again been anemic.
Run Defense: The Eagles have a great rushing attack, but allowing 130 yards on 5.7 yards per carry is still unacceptable. This unit has once again been the victim of long runs by the quarterback off broken pass plays, a recurring theme in each of the last three games.
Special Teams: McBride has made his presence felt in the wrong way on this unit, as well. He failed to catch a great punt in the first quarter by Steve Weatherford at the goal line, which resulted in the ball going into the end zone for a touchback.
Otherwise, strong punting by Weatherford and two touchbacks from Josh Brown have helped the Giants remain competitive in the field-position battle.
Coaching: Tom Coughlin’s decision to accept a holding penalty against the Eagles in the first quarter, when declining would have meant a 4th-and-4 for Philadelphia, was an odd decision. The Eagles converted the ensuing 3rd-and-19 on a long Michael Vick run and ended up scoring a field goal on the drive.