The Eagles beat the Giants on Thursday Night Football 24-19 in a game they never trailed. How would the power rankers react? Let’s take a look.
Dramatic victories for the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles didn’t do much of anything except screw over divisional rivals, which is a reward in itself.
Plain confounding that the Eagles' defense performs so well at home. Thursday night's win was the latest installment in the Jim Schwartz defensive turnaround. Save for the fact that it can't turn around Philadelphia's record. Schwartz's unit only allows 21.2 points per game (nearly six points less than last year), including a scant 15.9 per game at home. All this improvement came sans a giant influx of talent. Didn't hurt against the Giants, now did it?
Malcolm Jenkins was a great free-agent signing by the Eagles. Hey, remember when the Saints decided to let Jenkins walk so they could give Jairus Byrd more money?
The Eagles came away with a nice upset win over the Giants in Week 16, and they’ll look to do the same to the Cowboys next week, too. Of course, they’d rather be playing this game with, say, a playoff berth on the line, but ending the season on a high note would be good for Carson Wentz and Co.
The Eagles are 6-9 this season despite a 3-0 start. Before getting down on the birds and rookie Carson Wentz, consider this: The Eagles have played a league-high 11 games against teams currently with a winning record. Another winning team, the Cowboys, awaits in Week 17.
The Eagles put all their chips on black in "Ben McAdoo’s Not Going to Run It" roulette.
Boy, did they hit the jackpot. The end result—three Eli Manning interceptions—won’t save their season, but it is a confidence-builder.
Also a confidence-builder: the way Philadelphia’s battle-ravaged secondary contained Odell Beckham Jr. The superstar hauled in 150 yards' worth of catches, but never the 80-yard slant-turned-touchdown he’s known for. That’s a win.
At this point in the season a win isn’t going to make a lot of noise, but a jump from 25th to 23rd after a start to finish win against a playoff team seems a little low.