There was one touchdown scored in Sunday’s 15-7 Giants win over the Eagles and it came late in the fourth quarter when Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie launched a snap way over punter Steve Weatherford’s head.
Weatherford didn’t kick the ball out the back of the end zone, allowing Najeh Goode to fall on it for a touchdown and briefly give the Eagles reason to hope that the day could still go their way. Alas, the defense couldn’t hold the Giants without a first down on the ensuing drive and they got the result they deserved.
The offense wasn’t good when Michael Vick was in the game and it wasn’t good when Matt Barkley was in the game, which added up to 201 total yards, three turnovers and four sacks. The defense was stout in the red zone, limiting the Giants to five field goals, but they couldn’t keep the Giants from milking the clock on the majority of their possessions and they couldn’t force any turnovers.
That the Giants were able to do that represents a major win for the offense, although it was far from all roses for Eli Manning and company. As mentioned, they couldn’t find the end zone with a GPS and they committed a slew of mental errors (delay of game, illegal formation) that led to penalties that made it easier for the Eagles defense to keep them out.
They can try to work that out over the bye week while taking solace in Eli Manning showing better chemistry with both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. The Giants also showed a willingness to throw more quickly, keeping the Eagles pass rush from being an issue and taking advantage of their matchups on the outside. It’s a building block they’ll try to add to against the Raiders in Week 10.