Maybe I should pick the Eagles to lose more often. Finally, after eight weeks, the Birds put together a fantastic gameplan in all three phases and executed it to near perfection. Obviously, I’m glad my prediction of a Big Blue victory was completely off the mark.
Eagles 40, Giants 17
Let’s reflect on what a suddenly crisp offense was able to accomplish versus the hated Giants:
- Leonard Weaver with a 41-yard touchdown run
- Brent Celek with a 17-yard red zone TD catch
- DeSean with a 54-yard touchdown reception (his 6th 50+ yard TD of the season)
- Maclin with a 23-yard yard touchdown catch
- Shady with a 66-yard touchdown scamper (he trusted his instincts and his blockers)
McNabb was sharp from start to finish. He stood tall, planted his feet and threw with accuracy and conviction. Better protection helped, but it was clear Don came to play in this one. In fact, everyone came to play in this one.
The defense got after Eli Manning early and never allowed him to find a comfort zone. The front seven stuffed the rush attack and covered up the Giants receivers. Kevin Boss gave the secondary fits, but that should come as little surprise. McDermott matched Sean Jones and Quintin Mikell on Boss, but it didn’t do much good; the big tight end still made plays.
That being said, the Giants got taken to the woodshed. Let’s savor this victory, shall we. It was impressive and much needed. Especially with the resurgent Cowboys coming to town next week in what will be a battle for sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Congrats to Andy Reid and the team for showing up and kicking ass. I’ll be back later with a closer look at today’s win. E-A-G-L-E-S!!!!!!