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The crew breaks down the 27-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

John Schmeelk: We are starting to see what the winning formula is for the 2020 New York Giants:

"Do not beat yourself"

The Giants have not turned the ball over for two straight weeks, and it should surprise no one that they won both of those games. They had a combined 11 penalties for 104 yards - and two of Sunday's flags were purposeful delay of game calls. The penalty numbers can always come down, but the ones they've had in recent games are not occurring at the most critical times.

"Run the football"

The Giants have run for 130 yards or more in four of their last five games and 101 against Tampa Bay three weeks ago. They averaged at least 4.2 yards per carry in each of those games. They are 3-2 in their last five games and have a +11 point differential. They are averaging just under 23 points per game during that stretch. The Giants have gotten leads in their last two games, which has allowed them to stick with the run.

"Play superior situational football"

The Giants held the Eagles to 0-of-9 on third down. The Giants finished 5-of-14 after going 6-of-15 the week prior. They are not elite percentages but the success is coming on snaps where they do not have to deal with third-and-long. The Giants are nine of their last 10 scoring touchdowns in the red zone. The improvements on third down and in the red zone can be traced back to an improved ability to run the football.

"Take advantage of downfield shots"

The Giants are not going to be a team that opens it up and chucks the ball deep down the field a dozen times a game. But they are going to take some shots and they were able to take advantage of them against the Eagles. Jones attempted three passes against the Eagles that traveled at least 20 yards down the field, and completed all of them for 105 yards. They completed the one pass that traveled 20 yards down the field last week against Washington for 50 yards. In their loss against Tampa Bay, for example, Jones was only 2-of-7 for 49 yards on such throws.

"Prevent opponent passes down the field"

In their past four games, Giants opponents are only 4-of-15 on passes that travel 20 or more yards in the air. The Eagles were 0-of-3 on deep throws this week. The Giants are keeping everything in front of them and succeeding at keeping teams out of the end zone.

If the Giants can sustain this formula for the remainder of the season, they will have a chance to win games in the second half of the season and compete for the NFC East division title.

View photos from the Week 10 matchup between the Giants and Eagles at MetLife Stadium.

Dan Salomone: "Here we go again" is a phrase Joe Judge's Giants are trying to turn into a positive as it used to be for the franchise in crunch time; the past two Sundays will help their case. It was less than a month ago when the Giants lost an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter in the first leg of the season series against Philadelphia.

The memory of that game – and some others in recent history – surely crossed Giants' fans minds yesterday after Boston Scott broke a 56-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the second half. It cut the Giants' 11-point lead to just three after a successful two-point conversion attempt. "Here we go again." Not so fast. The Giants responded with a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Philadelphia answered with a matching 75-yard touchdown drive of its own. "Here we go again." Not so fast. The Giants never let the Eagles score again, tacking on two field goals of their own to cement the victory. Overall, the Eagles never scored consecutively without a Giants' response. And on two of the Eagles' three scoring drives, the Giants scored touchdowns on the ensuing possession.

The performance came a week after the Giants held on for a 23-20 victory over Washington, setting up an opportunity for their first three-game winning streak since 2016 – the last time they made the postseason. In between, the Giants will take the bye week to self-scout and heal up.

"I'm proud of the way our guys fought," Judge said. "We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game against Philadelphia. So we came out here, and that was the emphasis: finish the game. We went into halftime in a similar situation to what it was the last time we were in Philly, and we wanted to make sure we had a different result. Came out as a team, and that was really the emphasis, to finish the game."

Lance Medow: In each of the last five games, the Giants have run for at least 101 yards and in each of the last two contests they've collected at least 151 yards on the ground. Their consistency has done wonders for the offense and it was apparent from start to finish against the Eagles. The Giants scored three rushing touchdowns against Philly and two of them came in the red zone. Given the limited room to operate inside the opponents' 20-yard line, some semblance of a run game is crucial and why it's no coincidence the Giants' red zone efficiency has dramatically turned around in recent weeks.

Although Daniel Jones leads the team in rushing and has several big runs over the course of this recent surge, you can't overlook the productivity of both Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris, who seem to be complementing each other very nicely. Their 1-2 punch (along with Jones) has forced opposing defenses to respect the Giants' run game, which has opened things up down the field. Jones completed four passes of 20+ yards against Philly. Entering Sunday's game, the Eagles only allowed 18 plays of that length over the first eight games.

A strong run game also allowed for manageable third downs. Although the Giants were only 5-of-14 on third down against the Eagles, the distance of those downs tells a lot as 10 of those 14 downs were for five yards or less and just four for nine yards or more. If you're the Giants, that's the type of break down you want to see moving forward because it provides for many different options and play calls. The Giants ran the ball a season-high 36 times compared to 28 passes in this game. That's a beneficial ratio and it's no coincidence that New York didn't turn the ball over for the second straight game, thanks to a high volume of runs.


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