By Teddy Brenner
The Eagles hadn’t played in two weeks.
So you can argue that they were stale.
They were in first place with a 3-4-1 record in the NFC East.
Whatever that means.
But more than anything this loss to the New York Giants was a test of the Birds’ character.
And they failed it.
All game long
Daniel Jones had a turnover-free day and Wayne Gallman rushed for two touchdowns as the Giants emerge into the NFC East race with a 27-17 victory over the Eagles.
New York had lost eight straight in the rivalry for the first time since losing 12 straight from 1975 to 1981, but the Giants earned their first victory over the Eagles since November 6, 2016.
New York last beat coach Doug Pederson when Eli Manning was the team’s quarterback. Sterling Shepard was the only Giants player from that team on the current roster.
Jones was excellent in earning consecutive victories for the first time in his career, going 21 of 28 for 244 yards and rushing for a team-high 66 yards in the victory. Jones gave New York the early lead with a 34-yard touchdown run, one the Giants would never relinquish. Gallman has two rushing touchdowns, giving the back five in his last four games, to fuel a New York rushing attack that went for 151 yards and averaged 4.2 yards per carry.
The Eagles, who were coming off their bye, went 0 for 9 on third down and 1 for 3 on fourth down. Carson Wentz was just 21 of 37 for 208 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Wentz didn’t turn the football over, but the Eagles didn’t help him out by only running the football 23 times, despite averaging 6.8 yards per carry. Miles Sanders finished with 15 carries for 85 yards and Boston Scott had three carries for 63 yards — including a 56-yard touchdown — as Philadelphia finished with 156 yards on the ground.
The Eagles and Giants have the same amount of wins, but the Birds remain a half-game up in the division. The Giants head into their bye week with two straight wins, while the Eagles will look to extend their NFC East lead against the Browns.