Instant Observations: Eagles-Giants

Here are some instant observations from the Eagles 19-17 win over the Giants Sunday night:

OFFENSE

* Michael Vick ended 19-of-30 for 241 yards and a touchdown. He was responsible for nine turnovers coming in, but didn’t cough up the ball once Sunday. He led the Eagles downfield late in the fourth quarter in a drive that ended in a 26-yard Alex Henery field goal to make it 19-17.

* Eagles running backs were held to one yard on eight carries in the first half. LeSean McCoy broke free early in the third quarter for a 34-yard run, though, and followed that up with a 22-yarder on the very next play to get them down to the one-yard line. But McCoy was then denied three straight times by the Giants, and the Eagles were forced to settle for the field goal.

Still, the Eagles finished with 35 rushes for 192 yards on the day.

* The Eagles finally ended the scoreless stalemate late in the first half when Vick hit DeSean Jackson in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown. Jackson had six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

* Danny Watkins got beat up the gut on the Eagles’ second possession deep in their own territory. Vick was forced to throw it away, and came close to being whistled for intentional grounding in the end zone, which would have resulted in a safety.

* The Giants generally throw a bunch of DB blitzes at Vick and Sunday was no exception. Safety Will Hill shook loose on a couple occasions to put a lick on No. 7. Vick came up gimpy on one occasion but recovered quickly.

DEFENSE

* Nnamdi Asomugha missed a good portion of the game with an eye injury.  He looked to be the main defender on Domenik Hixon on a big reception down the right side on the Giants’ go-ahead scoring drive midway through the fourth. Moments later, Eli Manning found Bear Pascoe for a six-yard touchdown over the middle.

Manning marched on the defense in the closing seconds. They were flagged for two pass interference infractions. Ramses Barden gave it right back with an offensive pass interference, setting up a 54-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal attempt. No good. Twice.

* Brandon Boykin squared off with Victor Cruz quite a bit. The rookie had his hands full. Cruz beat him for a 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter to tie the game at 10-10. Cruz finished with nine catches for 109 yards and a score.

* Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was on Cruz for the key 4th-and-1 play at the end of the third quarter. Manning found a wide-open Cruz over the middle for a 30-yard catch-and run that brought the Giants deep into Eagles territory. DRC quickly made amends, coming up with a pick in the end zone.

* Nate Allen appeared to have a nice day in pass coverage. He nearly came up with an interception on a deep pass intended for Hixon late in the first quarter and was generally in good position.

* Fletcher Cox continues to be a disruptive presence in the middle for the Eagles, generating multiple pressures in the game.

* DeMeco Ryans came free on a blitz midway through second quarter on a key third down, forcing Manning to throw it away.

SPECIAL TEAMS

* Bobby April’s unit again had its share of struggles. Kick returner David Wilson averaged 39 yards per return over his first four kicks, giving the Giants quality field position for much of the game.

* Jon Dorenbos played through a high ankle sprain and had a special teams tackle.

DAWKINS

Brian Dawkins came out of the smoke one more time. After the offense was introduced, a video montage of No. 20 started up on the big screen. The crowd humming, Dawkins came out of the tunnel on all fours and did his patented crawl before sprinting through the sea of Eagles players. Chants of “Brian Dawkins!” rang out.

A laser light show was broken out for the halftime ceremony. Dawkins worked the crowd into a frenzy with his heartfelt words of appreciation, and finished things off by joining in the Eagles fight song one last time. The Eagles really pulled out all the stops, as they should have.

  • atlvickfan

    A little more imaginative red zone playcalling and some better kick coverage and this game would have been a blowout. Still, easily the most complete game the Eagles have played this season.

    • Joe H

      On the other hand, a little more imaginative play calling in the red zone the past few games resulted in turnovers!

      Very nice game by Vick today, especially in the second half. There were a couple bad throws, but overall, this is the Vick I think we were all hoping for.

      It seemed the defensive line was not getting a lot of pressure again (sometime yes, but overall it seemed a bit down) so I’ll be interested in seeing Sheil’s analysis in the next few days…

      Kickoff coverage. UGH!! How many of those runs were straight down the middle?

      • JofreyRice

        Yeah. I can remember two 3rd down plays in the redzone (one on the final
        drive) where the called routes didn’t get open, and Vick just held onto
        the ball to take a sack–which ended up being a good thing b/c they
        still got points from the drive. Up until last night, he had been trying
        to extend those to get the TD every time, and had some pretty horrific
        results. They need to get TDs down there, but I’d rather Vick put the team in position to take the FG if that’s the best they can do.

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      The Red Zone attack is going to continue to be a problem for the Eagles because the Offensive Line is built for fitness and plays like anything other than the grunts needed in the pit. Look for the Birds to get muscled all year at the point of attack. Vick is playing to the opposition sitting in the pocket behind a Junior Varsity Line.

  • KL

    Finish the piece before submitting…

  • barry_nic

    Andy changes up the game plan, makes adjustments in the protection, calls runs, and Vick manages the game, makes adjustments at the line of scrimmage and hits the intermediate routes. That’s what I’ve been waiting for! Awesome job Birds! Great game, a win is a win, but I feel really good about this one. I hope they keep it up, because they can be a force when they do. G O E A G L E S.

  • http://twitter.com/corry_k Corry Henry

    it’s a shame that the Cruz TD is going to go against Boykin. He did what he was supposed to, Ryans was just late getting there. Solid game by the D though.

    • xlGmanlx

      Yup, Mecco pulled a head scratcher otherwise the rook was in good position. Capt’n was a second too late, other wise that is broken up/tip drill

      • JofreyRice

        It kind of looked like DeMeco might have been responsible on the Pascoe TD, as well. Not Ryans’ best game as an Eagle, but he was solid in run defense.

        • xlGmanlx

          Agreed, not his best game, but it didn’t have to be, and lets be honest, luckily Nicks was out of this game. If they keep getting better and can stabilize the OL, it might not matter the second time they meet if Nicks is healthy or not.

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      Cruz is an extraordinary route runner for a second year receiver. Cruz is going to be a thorn in the Eagles side for the duration of his career. But what he does to the Eagles he gives everybody the same treatment. Boykins played a hell of a game on Cruz. Cruz took Boykins to school, but that’s ok. Boykins came up with a huge stop on that 3rd down to prevent the first down. That kid learned a lot covering Cruz last night that is going to help to him later this year.

      • Matthew Butch

        Cruz sucks. He got lucky last year and he got lucky this game. He’ll fall off.

        • Ken Raining

          I dunno… 1,500 yards is a lot of luck.

    • Tyler Phillips

      Ryans was just a step late, but a step was all it took.

  • borntosuffer

    Yes, as several stated the D was solid. Also, Vick made good decisions and outplayed Manning. Bottom line in the red zone, whatever play is called, if it isn’t well executed, it won’t work, pass or run.

  • Guest

    I think the one of the biggest plays of this game occurred in the 3rd quarter when Lesean McCoy had what was seemingly a beautiful 22 yard run that put the Eagles on the Giants 1 yard line. But on further notice, you can clearly see that Shady slowed up to a jog before reaching the endzone because he thought he could just coast in without being touched. But he was denied by the defense at the first yard line and the Eagles ended up with just a field goal. We’ve seen this kind of showboating with D Jack with Shady has got to know better. Stop showboating and GET IN THE DAMN ENDZONE! That score would have but us up 17-3!

  • whattheDEUCE22

    I think the one of the biggest plays of this game occurred in the 3rd quarter when Lesean McCoy had what was seemingly a beautiful 22 yard run that put the Eagles on the Giants 1 yard line. But on further notice, you can clearly see that Shady slowed up to a jog before reaching the endzone because he thought he could just coast in without being touched. But he was denied by the defense at the 1 yard line and the Eagles ended up with just a field goal. We’ve seen this kind of showboating with D Jack but Shady has got to know better. Stop showboating and GET IN THE DAMN ENDZONE! That score would have but us up 17-3!

    • Lew

      Any chance he was A) gassed and B) watching the defenders movements as he approached? Because I certainly didn’t see showboating in the slightest. It seemed the defenders were zoning up to get in front of him and he was trying to find the hole.

      • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

        Shady was gassed, that’s not his first time being run down near the goal line on a 20+ run. But Shady is a tuff son of a gun and gives his all on his carries.

        • southy

          Shady knew it too. There’s a reason he was lying on the ground for a while with his hands on his helmet, and it’s not cuz he was hurt.

    • xlGmanlx

      I yelled the very same thing at my TV. Had shady not put on the brakes, he hustles in the end zone and probably putting the dagger in the game. I was surprised to see him let up.

  • eagles2zc

    Vick not staying in bounds during the last FG drive was a head scratcher and almost cost us the game. Otherwise, he was solid

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      Yea, that signified that Vick still doesn’t understand the game situations going on around him. He picked up 15 yards and went out of bounds when 12 was enough and he should have slid down in bounds to keep the clock running.

      • Tyler Phillips

        this was so far before the 2 minute warning it made no difference.

      • Dave_King

        He doesn’t know how to slide anyways. Better to get out of bounds and avoid getting hit then do some kind of botched slide attempt and get hit.

      • Anebriated

        Vick cant win. We know he wont slide so he would probably end up taking a hit fighting for the extra yard and then everyone jumps on his case for taking an unnecessary hit, the next day everyone would be harping on him for not going out of bounds.

  • Guest

    apologies. still, doesn’t make my point any less valid.

  • daggolden

    Very dissapointed in pass rush this year. 3rd gsme in a row where the pass rush is average at best.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    Bobby April is a fraud who should be fired this morning!

    • Wilbert M.

      You are 100% right Kal! Truthfully, he never should have been here this year at all. Eagles special teams were at the bottom of the NFL statistically in 2011. I know if I was that bad at my job I’d be gone in a heartbeat. Just because April is Rick Kotite’s illegitimate son doesn’t mean he should keep his job.

  • http://twitter.com/beefbreen jamie b

    Bobby April was supposed to be a special teams wizzard. Remember what a coup it was to steal him from Buffalo?! Still waiting for that to manifest itself on the field. They were a coverage disaster last night. Stop all the complaining about Castillo and focus on the black eye…..special teams coverage units.

    • xlGmanlx

      Agreed, they were TERRIBLE yesterday. They are playing soft

  • http://www.facebook.com/matteuwh Matteuw Hines

    Hey Tim, where’s the love for Brandon Hughes, I thought he came in and was impressive!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matteuwh Matteuw Hines

    Man, is it bad that all every highlight I saw of Dawk made me tear up. The Eagles definitely made up for the blunder they made with letting him walk out of Philly. But for the city and for me personally, it was an honor to be able to have watched Dawkins play his heart out for so many years. A guy that inspired me growing up, I definitely have and will continue to miss seeing that guy play on sundays. Dawk should walk into the HOF.