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Eagles Notebook

Start  Spreading the News … The Eagles have now won 9 of their last 11 games  against the Giants, including a 6-1 mark in their last 7 games in New York …  The Eagles have 30-plus points in three of five games this year.

Jack-Attack … WR DeSean Jackson led the team with seven receptions for 132 yards  and his 33rd career receiving touchdown … In  five games this year, Jackson has three games with at least seven catches, 100  yards and one touchdown. This is the first time Jackson has ever had three games  with seven-plus catches in the same season … This was Jackson’s 18th-career 100-yard game, moving him out of a tie with  Tommy McDonald and into fourth place in franchise history. The Eagles are 13-5  in those games … Jackson also moved out of a tie with Calvin Williams for ninth  place on the team’s all-time reception list with 302. He tied Ben Hawkins for  13th place in team history with his  33rd receiving score and eclipsed Pete Pihos  for 11th on the team’s all-time scrimmage yards  list with 5,681.

I’ll  Take That … The Eagles collected three fourth quarter  interceptions, one each by LB Mychal Kendricks, CB Brandon Boykin,  and CB Cary Williams, which led to 14 points in the final frame … For  Kendricks, it was his first-career interception. He also picked up his  league-leading third fumble recovery … Both Boykin and Williams have two  interceptions this year … According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time  the Eagles had three fourth-quarter interceptions was on 10/15/89 at Phoenix  Cardinals.

On  The Offensive … The Eagles became the first team in NFL history to  accumulate at least 1,200 passing and 875 rushing yards through the first five  games of the season … Their 2,274 total net yards in 2013 are the most ever by  an Eagles team through five games and the eighth-highest total in NFL history  … They also became the fourth team in NFL history to pile up at least 400  yards of total offense in each of their first five games (2011 Patriots, 2007  Patriots, 2004 Vikings, 1983 Chargers. The Broncos can also do it, pending their  game this afternoon).

Offensive  Quick Hits … RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 46 yards and his  33rd-career touchdown. His 514 rushing yards  are the most ever by an Eagle through five games and his 33 rushing scores moved  him out of a tie with Randall Cunningham and into fourth place in Eagles history  … Playing in his 100th career game, TE  Brent Celek caught his 22nd-career touchdown and his fourth against the  Giants since 2009 … QB Nick Foles threw for 197 yards and two  touchdowns for a career-high 114.9 rating … QB Michael Vick had 79  rushing yards in the first half and improved his record against NFC East foes as  the Eagles starting quarterback to 11-4.

Third  Time’s a Charm … The Eagles have converted 32 of 71 third down  opportunities this season (45.1%). The team record for a full season is 44.4%  set in 1981.

Birdseed … K Alex Henery set a career high with five field goals, tying for the  second-highest total ever by an Eagle in a single game and the most since David  Akers had five on 11/18/01 at Dallas. The team record is six by Tom Dempsey on  11/12/72 at Houston Oilers … TE Zach Ertz has seven catches this year,  four of which have covered 20-plus yards, including a 24-yarder today … With  3,378 career receiving yards, WR Jason Avant moved past Timmy Brown and  Charlie Smith and into 16th on the Eagles  all-time list.

Grades

-Offense:  C: Different  week same story for the Eagles offense. They find ways to move the football up  and down the football field but continue to have issues finishing the job inside  the 20 yard line. Another disappointing performance inside the redzone going 2  for 5. One strong suit was the offense’s ability to convert off defensive  takeaways and short field for 17 points off of four Giant’s turnovers. QB  Michael Vick played well before the injury. QB Nick Foles ran the offense  efficiently for the Eagles but they got away from their gameplan and became one  dimensional and hardly saw them run the ball in the 2nd half. And still an issue  along the offensive line breakdown in protection and no one stepping up besides  Desean Jackson and getting any type of seperation. But over 400 yards of offense  and 36 points, can’t complain too much what we saw from the Eagles besides  settling for field goals.

-Defense:  B-: Started  off rough but ended strong for the Eagles defense. They had struggles early  stopping the Giants passing attack as Eli Manning threw for 334yds and 2  TDs. Everyone was worried about WR Victor Cruz in the slot and exposing  open area of the Eagles defense but have to give CB Brandon Boykin some credit  in this one playing well against him on the inside. But WR Hakeem Nicks had a  big day for 9 grabs 142yds and WR Reuben Randle hauled in 2 TDs. S Nate Allen  and Earl Wolff struggled falling for play-action almost every time when Eli  Manning would go deep. And there was no pass rush from this Eagles defense for  the most part. They went up against a line that was allowing Manning to get  thrown around like a rag doll and couldn’t get a sack until the 4th quarter is a  little discouraging. But they found ways to take the football away with four  takeaways in the game including 3 Eli Manning 4th quarter interceptions which  would be the difference in the ball game. But fornuate for the defense RB David  Wilson left the game early but shoulda coulda woulda, the defense did there  part.

-Special  Teams: A: Better  day from the special team unit as Alex Henery went 5 for 5 in the ball game.  Some nice returns from Damaris Johnson and the coverage units didn’t allow  themselves to get burned.

-Coaching:  B-: Better  showing from the coaching staff. Still some questionable decisions like to run  with RB Bryce Brown on 3rd and short, or some of the play calling inside the  redzone. Also the inability to dial up blitz packages to get some type of  pressure on Eli Manning but they still got the victory.

-Overall:  B-: Look  it wasn’t pretty. The Eagles had their share of mistakes and the Giants really  hurt themselves with 12 penalties for 136 yards and 4 turnovers in the ball  game but a win is a win and on the road in their division sitting at 2-3  and in first place in the NFC East. Still have to sure up issues in the redzone  both on offense and defense and come up with some type of gameplan if Vick is  unable to go Sunday against the Buccs and their stout secondary. But overall a  solid win for the Birds to boost their confidence and get ready for week 6 in  Tampa.

Box Score

PHI

NYG
1st Downs

28

21

Passing 1st downs

12

17

Rushing 1st downs

10

3

1st downs from Penalties

6

1

3rd down efficiency

9-19

5-13

4th down efficiency

0-0

0-0

Total Plays

77

70

Total Yards

439

383

Yards per play

5.7

5.5

Total Drives

16

14

Passing

299

330

Comp – Att

22-39

24-52

Yards per pass

7.7

6.3

Interceptions thrown

0

3

Sacks – Yards Lost

1-3

1-4

Rushing

140

53

Rushing Attempts

37

17

Yards per rush

3.8

31

Red Zone (Made-Att)

2-5

2-2

Penalties

8-88

12-136

Turnovers

0

4

Fumbles lost

0

1

Interceptions thrown

0

3

Defensive / Special Teams  TDs

0

0

Possession

32:07

27:53

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