The Philadelphia Eagles won Monday night in an overtime thriller over NFC East rival the New York Giants by a score of 23-17. The first three quarters did not look good at all for the Eagles, but they got the win, and if you watched just the first half, it looked like it was going to be Eli Manning's night. The Eagles got a boost from running back Boston Scott as he led the Eagles in rushing with 59 yards, and one touchdown. Zach Ertz led the Eagles in receptions, catching nine passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns (including the game-winning walkoff touchdown).
The Eagles will travel to Landover, Maryland on Sunday to take on another NFC East rival, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins are 3-10 on the season, but this game is never easy for Philadelphia, and they will take on a talented rookie in Dwayne Haskins. The Eagles also have a lot of injuries still with Nelson Agholor, Derek Barnett, Alshon Jeffery, Lane Johnson, Jordan Howard, and Jalen Mills nursing their respective injuries. The Redskins also have their share of injuries also, but I think the Eagles are hurting more because it came down to overtime to beat a 2-10 Giants team who really outplayed them in the first half of Monday night.
The NFC East is still up for grabs, and with games still to play against the Cowboys at home and a road trip to the Meadowlands against the Giants, they really need to take it one game at a time. The Eagles have already lost a head to head game against Dallas back in October that we would all love to forget. So if you think back to that game and how it unfolded, the Eagles really did not have any business being in that game that night at Jerry World.
The Eagles have lost at least five games they could have won this season, and it all started with the loss to the Falcons that came down to a controversial block in the back call and a costly Nelson Agholor drop. The home loss to the Lions where the Eagles blocked a field goal in the closing minutes, only to still find a heartbreaking way to lose. When you lose a close one at home by a touchdown to the Patriots, we all know who to blame, but that is not always the answer due to frustration. If the Eagles would have scored a touchdown or two early in the Seahawks game, it could have ended in a big win for the Birds. And when you lose to the Dolphins when you are ahead 28-14, then there is something really wrong with your team and coaching staff.
If the Eagles win out, the NFC East crown is theres. But this needs to be taken one game at a time. The injuries are still there, but I am confident that with the leadership of Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz on offense that they can win the division. The defense still needs to improve, and the Eagles really need to add some healthy and able bodies at the wide receiver position.