Eagles 6th drive:
Giants 6th drive: Giants take over after OBJ recovers his own muffed punt. Lucky. Barkley breaks off a huge gain on a screen play. Just so hard to tackle. Manning throws two bad passes after a false start to bring up 3rd-and-15. Manning checks down to Barkley and the Eagles get the stop. But then Bennett is called for a bullshit roughing the passer for the second week in a row. Ridiculous. Chris Long and Bennett pressure Manning on 3rd-and-goal and Darby breaks it up. Giants settle for another short field goal. Eagles lead, 14-6.
Eagles 5th drive: Jeffery drops a pass to bring up 3rd-and-4. Eli Apple also got a hand in there to help break it up. Wentz hits Ertz and the tight end can’t get beyond the marker. No YAC Zach.
Giants 5th drive: Sidney Jones gets ruled out for the rest of the game with a hamstring injury. Uh, that’s not great! Barkley jukes a billion defenders on a 9-yard run. He’s certainly not easy to tackle. Shepard gets called for blocking in the back on Malcolm Jenkins (dirty cheap shot). Darby immediately tackles Beckham Jr. on a quick horizontal throw. Giants get to 3rd-and-16 and Barnett tackles Barkley from behind to force a punt. By the way, Rasul Douglas is now playing safety with Avonte Maddox lining up in the nickel.
Eagles 4th drive (continued): Wentz drops the ball in the backfield and barely gets a throw off to Smallwood for no gain to bring up fourth down. Old friend Connor Barwin had a chance to pick that one off. Wentz got lucky there.
Eagles 4th drive: Smallwood runs for four yards to bring up the end of the first quarter. Real good start, Eagles, and I’m finally not writing that in a sarcastic tone.
Giants 4th drive: Fletcher Cox tackles Barkley for no gain. Bennett jumps offside. Derek Barnett beats his man off the edge and almost gets to Manning but the throw is off to OBJ and Ronald Darby knocks it down. Nice. Manning’s third down pass for Shepard is floated too far out in front and it’s incomplete. Another three-and-out for Pat Shurmur’s team. Good job, defense.
Eagles 3rd drive: DeAndre Carter breaks a couple tackles on a 23-yard punt return. Real nice job by him. Eagles start out at the Giants’ 44-yard line as a result. Wentz hits Jeffery on a screen. Then on an RPO for a first down. Love seeing the Eagles make an effort to get he ball to Alshon. Smallwood runs for an 8-yard gain. Corey Clement comes in an takes the ball 14 yards to the 1-yard. Great blocking on that play. Wentz throws to Clement but it goes for no gain. Wentz hesitated. Eagles go back to Clement for a run up the guy and it’s a TOUCHDOWN! Eagles lead, 14-3.
Giants 3rd drive: Giants take over at the 9-yard line after Cameron Johnston’s punt. Michael Bennett strip-sacks Manning from behind but the Giants recover at the 1-yard line. Man, that easily could’ve been an Eagles touchdown. Barkley runs forward to bring up 3rd-and-15. Odell Beckham Jr. picks up 12 yards. Almost made it there but Giants have to punt.
Eagles 2nd drive: Wentz to Dallas Goedert for six yards. Then Smallwood is tackled for a loss. Wentz’s arm gets hit by Kareem Martin as he throws but Nelson Agholor manages to come back to the ball and catch it. PHEW. That easily could’ve been picked by the Giants. Jason Peters gets called for holding to bring up 2nd-and-20. Then Peters gets bullrushed by Olivier Vernon and allows Wentz to get hit as he throws. Martin hits Wentz’s arm again and it’s an incomplete pass. Boy, pass protection not looking good! Wentz checks down to DeAndre Carter on 3rd-and-20 for a 10-yard gain. Punt.
Giants 2nd drive: Saquon Barkley breaks off a 44-yard run thanks to Jalen Mills whiffing. Ugh. Credit to Avonte Maddox for chasing him down. Giants move into the red zone. On 3rd-and-7, Eli Manning’s pass for Sterling Shepard in the end zone is incomplete. Shepard and Sidney Jones got their feet tangled up to cause both players to trip. Good no-call from the refs there. Giants settle for the field goal and Aldrick Rosas makes it. Eagles lead, 7-3.
Eagles 1st drive: Eagles start at the Giants’ 16-yard line. Carson Wentz’s first pass to Zach Ertz is wide and incomplete. Wendell Smallwood runs for three yards to set up 3rd-and-7. Wentz scrambles out to his right and fires a pass back across his body to Alshon Jeffery for an EAGLES TOUCHDOWN! Wentz is so good. Now THAT’S how you start a game. Eagles lead, 7-0.
Giants 1st drive: The Giants fumble on their opening kickoff return but it’s reviewed and overturned. Still New York ball. Almost a huge play there for the Eagles to start the game. Jordan Hicks deflects Eli Manning’s second pass and Kamu Grugier-Hill picks it off! Great start!
Coin toss: Eagles win the toss, elect to defer. Giants set to receive first.
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Here are some interesting pregame notes:
Jay Glazer says Lane Johnson texted him that his ankle is stiff and he’s in pain but he’s going to tough it out because it’s a must-win division game. #Eagles
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 11, 2018
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 12, 2018
Sounds like we’ll see a lot of Wendell Smallwood tonight.
Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season schedule kicks off tonight with a big NFC East matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) and the New York Giants (1-4).
It goes without saying that both teams really need to win this game. The reigning Super Bowl champions are looking to avoid their third loss in a row. The Giants are trying to keep their season alive by not falling to 1-5. This should be a hard-fought battle between two very desperate sides.
The Eagles went 2-0 against the Giants in 2017 but the games were way too close for comfort. Philadelphia needed a miraculous 61-yard field goal from Jake Elliott as regulation expired to beat New York in Week 3. Then the Eagles had to come back from a 20-7 deficit in their second matchup against the G-Men. For as bad as the Giants were in 2017, they found a way to have their best games against the Eagles.
In order to prevent the Giants from replicating last year’s offensive success, it’s imperative that the Eagles find a way to get to Eli Manning. This shouldn’t be an impossible ask considering Philadelphia’s pass rush is a mismatch for the Giants’ offensive line on paper.
Offensively, the Eagles need a huge night from Carson Wentz. This is a spot where the team’s franchise quarterback needs to deliver. There should be opportunities to score against a New York team that’s allowing 25.6 points per game, which ranks 19th in the league.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch tonight’s matchup.
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Channel: FOX/NFL Network/Amazon
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter
Referee: Ron Torbert (Eagles 2-0 in two Coleman games)
Location: MetLife Stadium |
New York, New York East Rutherford, New Jersey
NFL Network replay: 2:00 PM ET on Friday, October 12 and 4:00 PM ET on Saturday, October 13
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli | SIRIUS: 81 (Phi), 83 (NYG) | XM: 226 (Phi), 225 (NYG) | Full listings here
Per Bovada, the Eagles are road favorites.
Philadelphia Eagles -3 (+110)
New York Giants +3 (-130)
Pick: Eagles -3
The Eagles are 82-84-2 in 168 all-time regular season games against the Giants. The Eagles are 2-2 in four playoff games against the Giants. The Eagles are 16-4 in their last 20 games against the Giants.
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Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 – vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 – at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 – vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 – at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 – vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 – at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 – vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 – at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 – BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 – vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 – at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 – vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 – vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 – at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 – at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 – vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 – at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)