Eagles “D” Line Won The Giants Game, Now It’s Tom Brady And The No-HuddleBREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, News Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
I don’t know what happened on Sunday night to get the Eagles motivated enough to come out with their fists balled up and in a fighting mood. They were aggressive and angry football team, but they’ve got to keep that attitude going forward. The defense was especially nasty and I loved it.
Every defensive lineman had a good game against the Giants. That tells me their attitudes were the difference. Each player was committed to doing his job. Rarely does everybody in a unit play well but all of the defensive linemen made a contribution.
Of Jason Babin made the play to decide the game, as he forced Eli Manning to fumble then the ball was picked up by backup defensive tackle Derek Landri and that all but ended the game. Babin and Landri were active and making play all night long.
Trent Cole made numerous tackles behind the line of scrimmage on running plays and his pressure forced Eli Manning to throw the ball away a couple of times. He got some good hits on Manning.
Cullen Jenkins played at a level from the defensive tackle position that we haven’t seen here since Jerome Brown died in the car accident. He was so dominant that the Giants had to be considering double-teaming him on every play. When he was left one-on-one he was making the tackle or in Manning’s face and pounding him.
I’ve never seen Mike Patterson rush the passer that way he did on Sunday night. He was also a terror against the run and stayed in the Giants offensive backfield.
Coming off the bench, Darryl Tapp, Juqua Parker, Trevor Laws and Landri each came with the same intensity or more than the starters. There was no relief for the Giants offensive line and it proves to be the difference in the game.
The Eagles offense turned the ball over three times and scored only 17 points, but the defensive line was so dominant that the Birds won any way.
The key to beating the Patriots will be getting pressure on Tom Brady especially up the middle. He doesn’t like to hold onto the football and he doesn’t like to move off his mark once he sets his feet.
If Jenkins, Patterson, Laws and Landri can get pressure up the middle, they can beat the Patriots. I think New England will go to no-huddle in order to stop the substitutions on the defensive line.
Juan Castillo needs to have his guys ready for the no-huddle because they’re going to see plenty of it.
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