Giants vs. Eagles: 5 Things We Learned from Philadelphia's 28-16 Loss
The Eagles were in good going into the fourth quarter with a 16-14 lead, but they completely collapsed reminiscent of their Week 7 loss to the Titans in 2010. The Eagles failed to score a touchdown on four of their five red zone trips.
The Giants took advantage of the Eagles' missed opportunities and outscored them 15-0 in the fourth quarter. Michael Vick left the game late for the second straight week, this time with a broken right hand. Mike Kafka came in for for Vick, but with very different results than last week. He went four for seven with two interceptions.
The Eagles came into this week with a lot of confidence but left with some serious questions on both sides of the ball.
Depleted or Not, the Giants Always Play the Eagles Tough
Whenever these two teams get together you can always throw out the records and forget about who has more talent. They always seem to play a close but nasty game. Every time these two teams get together it's 60 minutes of trash talking and constant scuffling.
The Giants came in missing several starters on both sides of the ball including wide receiver Mario Manningham and defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
Once all the trash talking and scuffling settled down, it was the Giants who got the last word. Whether the Eagles came in a little over confident or just unprepared, they didn't look like the Super Bowl contender we all thought they were against their hated division rival.
The Eagles Still Can't Convert Red Zone Opportunites
The Achilles heel for the Eagles has cost them another game, as they struggled to convert on four of their five red zone chances. LeSean McCoy finished the game with 128 rushing yards but was never fully utilized in the red zone. McCoy finished with just one touchdown.
Vick threw an early interception in the red zone on the Eagles' first offensive possession and never made the clutch throws inside the 20. The Eagles three red zone field goals and one turnover in the red zone kept the Giants in the game in the fourth quarter, despite the Eagles holding the Giants to 85 total yards in the second and third quarter combined.
Philadelphia missed out on 35 possible points they could have score. The red zone woes on defense were the difference last week against the Falcons, and this time it was the offense's missed opportunities that cost the Eagles their second straight loss.
DeSean Jackson Is Inconsistent
DeSean Jackson is capable of going off against any defense in the NFL. He is also capable of becoming completely invisible on any given week.
Jackson finished Sunday's game with just 33 total yards on just three touches. Jackson struggled to get open against a depleted secondary. In order for the Eagles' offense to continue to be explosive, he needs to be involved.
Jackson's hands have always been in question. This season he has four drops through the first three games.
The Eagles Safeties Are a Major Weakness
The Eagles safeties missed several tackles and were constantly out of position all day against the Giants. Nate Allen still looks a bit slow coming off offseason knee surgery, and Kurt Coleman got burned in coverage.
Victor Cruz caught two touchdown passes of 28 and 74 yards, and both plays could of been prevented with better help from the deep safeties.
Coleman, Allen and Jarrad Page combined for just four tackles and were ineffective in run support, as Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs ran for 105 yards.
Nate Allen's knee is still not at 100 percent and Kurt Coleman has struggled in both his pass defense and in run support. In order for this defense to play at a high level, the safeties have to step their game up.
Casey Matthews' Job Is Not Safe
New position, same problems. Casey Matthews has looked lost on the field at times and at other times has just been man handled. He is taking bad angles on the ball carriers and has struggled in pass coverage.
Brian Rolle came in on both nickel and regular formations. Rolle is an excellent blitzer but his speed is his greatest asset, as it allows him to cover just about anyone. He was in on the sack that was credited to Trent Cole.
Rolle stayed with backs all over the field and made an impact against the run. With the poor start to the season Casey Matthews had, don't be surprised if Brian Rolle gets the start in Week 4 against San Francisco.