AT A GLANCE: Entering Thursday night with a chance to reshape their season and insert themselves into the NFC East race, the Giants fell further behind in a 34-13 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles.
UP NEXT: After the short week, the 1-5 Giants have an 11-day break and don’t play again until the following Monday night in Atlanta. The all-time series between the Giants and Falcons is tied, 12-12, including Big Blue’s postseason victory en route to winning Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants are 8-4 as the away team, but this will be their first game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of Super Bowl LIII. Atlanta is 1-4 this season with a home game against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE:
*After throwing just one interception in his first four games, Eli Manning did it in three consecutive quarters over the last two games. He opened Thursday night with an interception on the second play of the game. Jordan Hicks got a hand on it first, deflecting it into the hands of fellow Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. Getting the ball at the Giants 16, Philadelphia quickly turned it into seven points with a Carson Wentz touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery, putting the Giants on their heels early. Manning’s interception was intended for Scott Simonson, one of two tight ends (Garrett Dickerson the other) playing up in place of the injured Evan Engram (knee) and Rhett Ellison (foot).
*The Giants started 0-for-8 on third down a week after going 0-for-7 in Carolina, where they thought they turned a corner with season highs in yards and points. Manning was sacked four times and hit 13 times by the Eagles’ defense.
*The Eagles entered with the second-ranked rush defense, giving up just 66.4 yards per game. Rookie running back Saquon Barkley eclipsed that in the first half. The second overall draft pick made it look like his college days on Thursday night, highlighted by a 55-yard catch-and-run as he zigzagged through traffic. He finished the game with 13 carries for 130 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown. He added nine receptions for 99 yards, bringing his scrimmage total for the game up to 229. In the process, he joined Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt as the only players in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in the first six games of their career.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE:
*The Giants have now given up 30 points in three consecutive games for the first time since the final three weeks of the 2015 season. The Eagles, who were averaging 20.6 points per game heading into Week 6, were 9-for-16 on third down and 4-for-6 in the red zone.
*Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon made his 2018 debut. The seventh-year veteran had not played this season after suffering an ankle injury in practice in late August. Vernon, who has 44 career sacks, came back to a Giants defense tied for a league-low six sacks heading into Week 6. He recorded a sack in the third quarter, the only one of the game.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS:
*Aldrick Rosas dealt with a quad injury on his kicking leg that was bad enough to have the team add a kicker to the practice squad as a backup plan. Even with the short week, Rosas played but missed his first field goal of the season on a 52-yard attempt (short) with 23 seconds left in the first half. He is now 13-for-14 on the season.
*The Giants continued to have adventures in the return game. Jawill Davis had a close call on the opening kickoff, but the refs overturned a called fumble that was recovered by Philadelphia. Odell Beckham Jr. also muffed a punt one week after having a ball hit off the back of his leg that Carolina recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
INACTIVES: NYG – TE Evan Engram (knee), TE Rhett Ellison (foot), WR Russell Shepard (neck), QB Kyle Lauletta, S Kamrin Moore, C Evan Brown, DT John Jenkins. PHI – LB D.J. Alexander (quad), LB Nathan Gerry (ankle/knee), S Corey Graham (hamstring), DT Haloti Ngata (calf), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) , OT Jordan Mailata, OL Matt Pryor.
LINEUP CHANGES: NYG – Scott Simonson for Engram at TE, Garrett Dickerson for Ellison at TE. PHI – Corey Clement for Sproles at RB, Destiny Vaeao for Ngata at DT.
INJURY REPORT: NYG – LB Ray-Ray Armstrong (concussion), CB Antonio Hamilton (illness), WR Cody Latimer (hamstring). PHI – CB Sidney Jones (hamstring), OT Jason Peters (bicep).
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