Eagles Defense Makes The Plays When They MustBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Monday, October 1st, 2012
The Eagles defense started strong last night and barely hung on at the end to help the Birds to a hard fought 19-17 win over the Giants. This was by no means a great performance, but they made just enough plays.
The Eagles defensive line wasn’t able to get to Giants quarterback Eli Manning but they were able to get some pressure on him all night long. Manning made a lot of throws without following through and had to throw a few balls out of bounds.
The Eagles cornerbacks were in the spotlight all night long in what were up and down performances.
The Eagles best cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made a huge interception in the end zone in the second half, which stopped a sure scoring opportunity for the Giants. DRC was also beaten inside by Victor Cruz on the 4th
Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha came to the Eagles as a future Hall of Famer, but now he has become the target of nearly every opposing offense. The only time he covers his receiver is when he jams him at the line of scrimmage.
If Asomugha doesn’t get a good jam at the snap of the ball, he’s a great disadvantage because he doesn’t change direction very well. He isn’t able to stay with the smarter and quicker receivers, plus he doesn’t do a good job of playing the ball in the air.
I thought the former Oakland Raider was very fortunate that the Giants Ramses Barden was the receiver he had to cover with the game on the line and not their starter Hakeem Nicks, who missed the game because of a foot injury. Asomugha was glued to Barden on the key play of the game, when Manning threw the ball deep and the Giants receiver interfered with the Eagles cornerback.
It became an interference penalty and moved the Giants 10 yards back and turned a 44-yard field goal attempt into a 54 yardage which came up short. Asomugha can celebrate, but he doesn’t need to celebrate too long because he must step up his game.
I thought backup cornerback Brandon Hughes did a better job than the first string cornerback who came here as a guy, who quarterbacks feared. Nobody seems to be afraid of Nnamdi now. Hughes was very aggressive with the receivers, but he was able to change direction with the receivers and close on the ball once it was thrown. They need to start getting this young man on the field more often.
First round draft pick Fletcher Cox is headed in the right direction and could the monster in the middle that the Birds need. I love the way imposed his will on the Giants defensive line on a number of run and pass plays. There’s nothing more valuable than a dominating defensive tackle because he can destroy and affect a running or passing play if he gets penetration.
The Birds limited the Giants running game, which allowed them to get pressure on Eli Manning.
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