This may sound crass. It may seem as though it's buried in emotion and hurt feelings. Maybe both of those statements are true, but it has to be said. Marcus Mariota is awful. The Philadelphia Eagles, one week after laying an egg versus the Arizona Cardinals, are laying an even larger egg versus the New York Giants. Oh, and Marcus Mariota is in at quarterback.
At the time of this story's release, the second half is getting underway, and the Birds trail the G-Men by a 24-0 margin. A.J. Brown is hurt. Jalen Hurts has been pulled. He also injured the middle finger on his throwing hand during the Eagles' third offensive series.
Did we mention Marcus Mariota is awful? His ineffectiveness knows no limit.
So, what do you do when your team is guaranteed at least one playoff game and your team seemingly has no energy? What do you do when your best wide receiver is hurt, and your quarterback is trying to gut it out despite suffering from an injury to the middle finger on his throwing hand?
That's right! You begin pulling starters.
Jalen's early exit from work means, you guessed it, Marcus Mariota gets his time to shine. He quickly rewarded Birds fans everywhere with an interception on his first pass attempt.
Reed Blankenship bailed the Eagles out by picking Tyrod Taylor off on the next Giants series, but does it matter? We would never recommend waving the white flag in an NFL game, but if we ever elected to change our mind and do so, this would be the game that we would recommend doing so in.
The Eagles are playing an even worse game now than they played in Week 17 versus the Cardinals. We thought that would be hard to do, but apparently, that isn't true.