Giants vs Eagles Recap: Is the Sky Falling for Big Blue? By Vincent Zahler
It took two games and three quarters for Eli and the Giants to finally come to life. Unfortunately, it was too little too late. For the first three quarters of yesterday's game against the Eagles, the Giants offense looked like it's typical last 8 game self. Sluggish, sloppy and depressing. Failing to put a single point on the board and finding ways to end once promising drives with interceptions. The pace of the offense was sped up in a hurry up mode and quick releases by Eli Manning (1.68 second average release) helped the much maligned offensive line neutralize the ferocious Philadelphia pass rush. The running game was still absolutely non-existent. As usual, the defense did its job at first with two sacks on Carson Wentz on the first two drives and keeping the likes of Alshon Jeffrey and Zach Ertz relatively in check. Of course, even great defenses can't hold on forever when they're living on the field due to an offense that with a picked up pace, was able to get off the field even faster which left the defense even more gassed. This allowed the Eagles to gash the Giants on the ground for nearly 200 rushing yards. After a rushing touchdown by LeGarrette Blount and a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz, and dodging a bullet with a missed field goal by rookie kicker Jake Elliot, Giants were down 14-0 going into the 4th quarter. Then suddenly, "It's alive!" As Dr Frankenstein would state in terms of the Giants offense. Eli started shooting fish in barrel (completed over 75% of his throws for 366 yards) and lofted a touch pass to Odell Beckham Jr. who would come down with a remarkable catch. On the next possession, Landon Collins would hit Zach Ertz and force a fumble that would be recovered by the Giants. Shortly after, Odell Beckham would come down with a one handed catch that he secured against his helmet for another score. Game tied... Not long after, Eli hit Sterling Shepherd on a slant route which Shepherd turned upfield for 77 yards and made it into the endzone to give the Giants a 21-14 lead. This was the first time since the middle of the 2016 season that the Giants offense managed to score 20 points in the game. Stunningly enough, the Giants eclipsed their total 2017 points scored in a matter of 8 minutes and then topped it off with an Aldrick Rosas field goal. The Eagles answered back with a touchdown and field to tie. At 24-24, with less than a minute left, punter Brad Wing felt it was a good time to shank a punt. Carson Wentz completed a pass to Alshon Jeffrey with just enough time to let Jake Elliot try a long 61 yard game winning field goal. With the Giants luck, it went through to add to the long list of crazy game endings in Eagles-Giants matchups. Even though the Giants offense finally came to life, the defense had already been worn down and the Giants had numerous mishaps and missed opportunities. Over 100 yards worth of penalties including a mindless unsportsmanlike call an OBJ touchdown celebration for getting on all fours and pretending to be a dog urinating as well as an extremely costly pass interference call on Eli Apple that set the Eagles up on the goal lines for an eventual touchdown. At 0-3 the Giants season is on life and could very well be at the end of the line already. If they fail win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the season would for all intents and purposes be done. Ben McAdoo's chair could begin getting hot as well as a serious search for Eli's replacement/heir apparent may start. Its do or die next week. Heads will roll if the Giants fall to an insurmountable 0-4. Lets hope that doesn't happen.