After three straight losses, the Philadelphia Eagles desperately needed a win on Sunday, and it didn’t matter how they came by it. Sloppy or not, fans will no doubt take a 36-21 win over the division rival New York Giants in Week 5—especially when it elevates the Birds to first place in the NFC East.
Sloppy was definitely the applicable word though for a game in which the Eagles settled for five field goals and briefly lost the lead in the second half against an opponent still searching for their first win. Were it not for the Giants’ four turnovers, the outcome easily could have been in jeopardy.
Philly hung on and moves to 2-3 for the season, but there is still plenty of work to be done. While their performance might have been good enough to defeat New York, few units stood out as major strengths in the victory. First place or no, the Eagles have a way to go to truly separate themselves entirely from the likes of cellar dwellers such as the Giants.