Eagles Edge The Giants 19-17, As Offense Runs The FootballBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Monday, October 1st, 2012
Eagles head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg finally did what was necessary by building their game plan around running back LeSean McCoy and the Birds running game rather than throwing the football every play. McCoy, who is the best player on the Birds offense, did a great job of getting outside of the Giants big defensive linemen and making tacklers miss by giving them the shake and bake.
McCoy did his damage in the second half after being held to only one yard in the first half. In other games, the Birds would have totally abandoned their running game, but they stayed with McCoy and he delivered.
“I think we just stuck with it,” McCoy said, explaining the success of the run game. “The Giants are a good team. That front four is one of the best you’ll see in this league. We just kept sticking with it. We were running stuff to the outside, the inside, the outside. We had that feeling.”
Right now, this is McCoy’s team. He leads the way and this team flourishes as he flourishes. McCoy ran the ball 23 times for 123 yards and he took over the game in the second half. The Eagles should be a run first football team from now on because the balance helps the passing offense stay away from turnovers.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did a good job of taking care of the football. The Birds didn’t ask him drop back 50 times and throw the ball all over the field, instead it was a conservative game plan, which he can handle.
He used his speed when necessary to get outside of contain and fly down the sidelines, then get out of bounds after getting first down yardage. Number seven played under control and wisely.
Vick wasn’t forcing the football into dangerous areas. He was taking what was there and not running risk of getting the ball picked off.
The left hander completed 19 of 31 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown to wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
“Yes, I didn’t turn the ball over,” Vick said. “Just play smarter. Thing is, in this game, you can’t force opportunities on the defense. You’ve got to let it come. And I’ll be honest, missing the preseason did affect me to a certain extent, but now I’m getting into my groove.”
Jackson was Vick’s favorite target and he caught six passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. I liked the short comeback routes the speedy wide receiver was running because it makes it easier for Vick to get the ball out of his hands.
Eagles fullback Stanley Havili had a very good game in the both the blocking and running department. They ran a couple of inside traps which averaged seven yards a carry. He also did a good job leading McCoy as they attack the corner of the Giants defense. I expect them to expand his opportunities as the season continues.
The Eagles offensive line started out like it was going to be a long night. They were slow off the ball and were getting beat consistently, but they rebounded in the second half when Reid and Mornhinweg put the ball on the ground. In the final quarter the offensive line started pushing around a tired Giants defensive front.
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