Ugly is one word to describe the New York Giants’ 15-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
The NFC East collective has been less than pretty all season long. Week 8 was no different. Here were the three most disappointing players in the showdown.
3. HB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
His quarterback situation wasn’t ideal with Michael Vick biting the dust. That still isn’t an excuse for McCoy to perform as ineffectively as he did.
“I just wasn’t myself,” he said after his 55-yard rushing performance last week in a 17-3 lost to the Dallas Cowboys, according to Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag.com. “I felt like with a game like this where my team needed me and depended on me, I didn’t show up.”
McCoy should sing a similar tune after his play Sunday. He rushed for just 48 yards on 3.2 a carry, proving to be no help to his rookie passer.
2. QB Eli Manning, New York Giants
Are the days of Eli Manning being elite over?
Manning has thrown 15 interceptions this year. He entered the week with a 66.5 passer rating. Yes, he helped the Giants chalk up a desperately needed tally in the win column, but Manning whiffed on an opportunity to prove he’s over his early-season slump.
Philadelphia had surrendered the third-most passing yards in the NFL. It was without its first- and second-string quarterbacks. And even still, Manning only managed to lead New York to a one-score victory, completing 25 of 39 passes for 246 yards and no touchdowns.
An overwhelming display of domination would've injected optimism into the franchise. Sunday's win should do nothing of the sort.
1. QB Matt Barkley, Philadelphia Eagles
So this is why Barkley fell to Day 3 in the draft.
He didn’t throw three interceptions like in his rookie debut against the Cowboys, but Barkley still turned the ball over twice—one interception and fumble—and fumbled two more times. Barkley completed 17 of 26 passes for just 158 yards and a passer rating of 65.9.
His performance cost the Eagles a winnable ballgame. Barkley has yet to show even flashes of the ability to lead Philadelphia to a win. The 3-5 team needs a healthy Vick or Nick Foles to turn its season around.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.