Grading the Giants after their 27-17 win over the Eagles on Sunday. Offense Daniel Jones did not throw a touchdown pass and no one cared. He also did not commit a turnover (everyone cares about that)
Grading the Giants after their 27-17 win over the Eagles on Sunday.
Daniel Jones did not throw a touchdown pass and no one cared. He also did not commit a turnover (everyone cares about that) and was a calm and efficient 21 of 28 for 244 yards. He led his team with 64 rushing yards and turned on the jets and kept his feet on his 34-yard TD run. Wayne Gallman (18-53) stuck the landing on two-yard TD vault and added a second TD. Line paved the way for 151 rushing yards. Costly holding penalty on rookie Andrew Thomas cost the Giants a fourth-quarter touchdown. Darius Slayton (5-93) got back in the groove and helped put things away with a reaching 40-yard reception. This time, these guys finished what they started.
At times, it seemed as if Carson Wentz (21 of 37, 208 yards) was doing a whole lot more than he actually was. At times, it seemed as if RB Miles Sanders (15-85) was doing more than he actually was. Key stat: Eagles were 0-for-9 on third down conversions and 1-for-3 on fourth-down conversions. There is the ball game. Good pressure (but bad roughing penalty) on Leonard Williams. Timely pass breakup by CB James Bradberry to limit damage to a field goal in the first quarter. Jabrill Peppers fittingly had the last tackle — he was all over the field. Late sack for big Dexter Lawrence. Only really big bust was Boston Scott’s 56-yard scoring run. Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson swarmed Wentz on failed two-point conversion in third quarter. Rookie CB Darnay Holmes had a 14-yard pass interference penalty in the second quarter. Clearly, this unit is in sync.
Riley Dixon uncorked a 71-yard punt early in the second half that pushed the Eagles back to their 6-yard line. Dixon later showed his touch by dropping one on the Philly 11 and then sent a 56-yarder to the Eagles 17. Dixon completed a sensational game by pinning the Eagles back on their 5-yard line, thanks to C.J. Board downing the ball. Peppers saved yards with his decisions on punts. He had a 16-yard return in the third quarter and a 20-yard return in the fourth quarter. Graham Gano was 2-for-2 on field goals and now has hit 20 straight. What a find.
All those times after losses when Joe Judge said he saw signs of progress and it sounded like hollow praise? Well, believe him now. His attention to detail is paying off, as was his refusal to get too down amid the losing. Going for it on fourth down from the 2-yard line on the first play of the second quarter was absolutely the correct call and pre-snap motion put in by Jason Garrett was a nice touch. Garrett kept up his aggressiveness, allowing Jones to look down the field. Patrick Graham’s defense showed the Eagles much more complicated looks on third down three weeks after failing to do so. That is called improvement.