QB DANIEL JONES RB SAQUON BARKLEY LB MARKUS GOLDEN
THE GIANTS WANT TO SPOIL THE EAGLES’ POSTSEASON HOPES
BY CHRIS McPHERSON
2019 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE 11
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The Giants already ended an era in 2019.
Tonight, they look to end the Eagles’ season.
After an 0-2 start, the Giants pulled the plug
on the Eli Manning era as the two-time Super
Bowl Champion quarterback was benched in
favor of Daniel Jones, the team’s first-round
pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Jones started hot, winning his first two starts
and earning the nickname Danny Dimes.
However, three things have plagued the
Giants since, plunging them into an eightgame
First, it’s turnovers on offense. Jones is
responsible for more than his fair share. He’s
thrown 11 interceptions and lost 10 fumbles.
The interceptions are not much of a surprise
considering that he’s a rookie quarterback,
but the fumbles have been problematic for
an offense that ranks 25th in both yards and
points per game.
To be fair, Jones has not been able to simply
hand the ball off to last year’s first-round
pick Saquon Barkley. The 2018 NFL Offensive
Rookie of the Year missed three games due
to an ankle injury. In a November 10 loss to
the New York Jets, Barkley was held to just 1
rushing yard on 13 carries. He showed signs
of rounding back into form, however, with 83
yards on 19 carries last Sunday against Green
Bay. Barkley was sensational with 231 yards
rushing, 140 receiving, and three total scores
in two games against the Eagles last season.
Jones hasn’t had the benefit of a full
supporting cast of pass catchers, either.
Former Eagle Golden Tate was suspended for
the first four games of the season for violating
the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy. He missed
last Sunday’s game with Green Bay due to a
concussion. Injuries have also limited wide
receiver Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan
Engram’s impact this year.
Defensively, the Giants have struggled
to get off the field on third down and
have allowed too many explosive plays to
The Giants rank 25th in the league in
allowing opponents to convert on thirdand
long (defined as more than 6 yards).
Opponents are completing passes on third
down at a rate of 65.1 percent, which ranks
26th in the league.
Why? The Giants have a stout defensive line,
but the pass rush is suspect. The Giants have
a total of 26 sacks on the season, good for
25th in the NFL. Edge rusher Markus Golden
leads the team with 7.5 sacks on the year.
The run defense will present a test for the
Eagles as the Giants have two first-round
talents in Dexter Lawrence and former
Jet Leonard Williams, who will be facing
Philadelphia for the second time this season,
and former second-round pick Dalvin
Tomlinson up front. Opposing backs are
gaining just 3.86 yards per carry, the sixthlowest
rate in the league.
The Giants surrender 28.3 points per game,
29th in the NFL, as opposing quarterbacks
have a passer rating of 101.7 this season.
New York has allowed the most passing
touchdowns of 20 yards or more with 12 on
the year. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins leads
the Giants with four interceptions. He used
to match up against the other team’s best
wideout, but not stays to one side of the
field. First-round pick DeAndre Baker has
struggled in his rookie season at the other
The stats favor the Eagles, but all they need
to do is look to last week’s upset in Miami
to see what those numbers mean. This
is an NFC East rivalry. The Eagles want to
build confidence and momentum toward a
potential division title.