By Michael Stewart/@golferbad
Introduction: The New York Giants continue their winning ways with the NFC East crown on the line with a convincing 27-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants win snapped an 8 game winning streak by Eagles over the Giants; more importantly the Giants are inching closer and closer to 1st place in the NFC east. In my Coaches Corner previewed my top 5 ways the reasons need to do win this game. I also predicting that the Giants would fall short and lose this game, thankfully I was wrong. So here’s my top 5 reasons how the Giants won this game.
- Strong Start: Once again, the Giants started strong scoring on their 1st possession and finishing with a 14-3 lead at halftime.
- Battle in the Trenches: The Offensive line once more met the challenge against a physical Eagles front four by outmuscling them with 156 yards on the ground. 64 of those yards came from the legs of quarterback Daniel Jones who once again displayed a duel threat and for the 2nd straight game committed no turnovers.
- Finishers: The Giants did not lose focus late in the 3rd quarter when the Eagles closed the gap to 21-17 with 5:20 to play. Instead they outscored the Eagles 10-0 to secure the win.
- Time of Possession: The Giants for the 2nd consecutive week won the battle of time of possession 31:43 top Philadelphia’s 28:17. Those extra three minutes provided the Giants with more scoring chances, but also allowed the defense time to rest.
- Special Teams Special: The Giants special teams overall shined as kicker Graham Cano accounted for 9 point goings 2-2 in FG attempts and 3-3 in extra points. Also Punter Riley Dixon averaged 53 yards per punt on the day with one going for 71 yards. Not forgotten was the strong performance by Jabrill Peppers on punt return (4/43 yards) and Dion Lewis on kickoffs (2/35).
Final Thoughts: The Giants are now 3-7 and riding a two game winning streak going into their bye week and now in 2nd place trailing the Eagles by a game. This team is playing their best football over the last 5 weeks now and will benefit from a week off and heal some bruises and nagging injuries on the roster. Next for the Giants will be the Cincinnati Bengals who are 2-6-1. Keep an eye out for my next article which will be mid season Grades for the Giants