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We hope your Monday is going better than the Eagles’ Sunday did. The Birds tacked on another loss when the New York Giants’ early lead proved too much to overcome.

November 16, 2020
SOURCE: VINCENT CARCHIETTA/USA TODAY SPORTS
SOURCE: VINCENT CARCHIETTA/USA TODAY SPORTS

The GIST: We hope your Monday is going better than the Eagles’ Sunday did. The Birds tacked on another loss when the New York Giants’ early lead proved too much to overcome.

🏈Dashed hopes: Despite a week’s rest and the return of a few key players, the Eagles were sluggish and sloppy. Not only did they fail to execute in key moments, but they also recorded 11 penalties on their way to a 27–17 loss.

What went wrong: Defensively, the Birds couldn’t stop the Giants’ running game as all three of their TDs — including Giants QB Daniel Jones’ opening-drive 34-yard touchdown run — came on foot. While defense usually isn’t the main struggle for the Eagles, it certainly was yesterday.

  • That isn’t to say that the Eagles’ offense was perfect. They failed to convert a single third down and didn’t do a great job of protecting QB Carson Wentz, allowing three sacks.

What comes next: We understand, this isn’t the 2018 Birds. But letting the Giants win this convincingly is a new low. As far as playoffs go, the Eagles are still in control of the NFC East, but that won’t last long if future games look anything like yesterday. Yikes.

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