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Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants: Winners and Losers

A sloppy win is still a win.

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The Philadelphia Eagles needed this one. A loss would have put Philadelphia at 2-4 with an 0-3 mark in the division and an 1-4 record in the conference. After the team started to claw out of the muck that was the beginning of the season, a loss to the Giants would have knocked them right back into that mess.

But not only did the Eagles not lose, they won in convincing fashion. They trailed early, but then scored 27 unanswered points in a sloppy contest to knock off the Giants, 27-7, on Monday Night Football.

Let's take a look at who helped bring the Eagles their third win, and who needs to be better in the coming weeks:


Malcolm Jenkins: Chip Kelly may have said that DeMeco Ryans is the captain of the defense, but Malcolm Jenkins is perhaps this defense's best player. Even when he's not making a ton of plays, he's around the football. He registered four tackles and a forced fumble on Monday.

DeMeco Ryans: Welcome back, Mufasa! Ryans (and the entire defense) had a rough start to the game. The Giants marched down the field, eventually scoring a touchdown on play that found Ryans matched up on Odell Beckham, Jr. That play went about as well as could be expected, but Ryans made one of the plays of the game on the next Giants drive. Eli Manning completed a pass to Larry Donnell, but Ryans ripped the ball from the tight end's hands.

Ryans finished the game with four tackles, one pass defensed and a fumble recovery. With the Eagles inside linebackers still ailing, it's great to see the veteran leader show up in a big game.

Nolan Carroll II: While Byron Maxwell may get a lot of the publicity at the cornerback spot (for good or ill), Carroll has quietly had a very nice season. But he saved his best play of the season for primetime, picking off an Eli Manning pass and taking it to the house. The play was a beauty - he broke off of his man and jumped in front of the pass, taking it 17 yards for the score. That play gave the Eagles the lead, which they would never relinquish.

Vinny Curry: Speaking of welcome back veteran defenders, it was nice to see Vinny Curry get his first sack of the season. Curry's still playing limited snaps, but he made the most of them Monday night. He had two tackles but 1.5 sacks.

DeMarco Murray: Now that's more like it. Monday night marked Murray's first 100-yard rushing game as an Eagle, and the former Cowboy looked like the player who won the rushing title last season. He finished the day with 22 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, and generally looked faster, more explosive, and more decisive as a runner


Sam Bradford: In a season of ugly performances by Bradford, this was the worst. He started the game well enough, hitting Riley Cooper on a 32-yard touchdown in the first quarter. But he wouldn't find the end zone for the rest of the game, instead throwing three interceptions.

More concerning than those already concerning numbers is what they don't show. Bradford continued to underthrow open receivers, and was not on the same page with his teammates for the entire game. The most notable example came on a long pass to Riley Cooper that was picked off because Cooper stopped running his route midway down the field. Even Brian Dawkins said that can't happen.

Jordan Matthews: Was Matthews terrible? No. Do the Eagles need more out of him? Definitely. The Eagles drafted Matthews in the second round of last year's NFL Draft to be a reliable presence in the slot. And while his yards were fine - six catches for 59 yards - it's simply not enough.

And that's to say nothing of his drops (which continued) and his fumble that occurred on a play where he was trying to get extra yards after the catch. There's still a lot to like about Matthews, but there are still several areas of his game that need to be cleaned up.

Jason Kelce: Even Kelce said after the game that it wasn't a great performance on his part. Kelce was called for a holding penalty in the first half, and botched a snap that resulted in an 18-yard loss on first down that stalled a drive.

The Eagles center is struggling during the first half of the season, which makes sense considering he has two new starters on either side of him. But he's paid the big bucks to play mistake-free, which hasn't been the case through six games.