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Giants look to rebound in Eagles' home opener
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
- The Giants fell to 0-2 for the fourth time in five seasons when they dropped a 24-10 home decision against the Lions on Monday night. NYG was held under 300 total yards for the second straight week, managing 270 yards of offense -- only 80 of them in the first half. Eli Manning passed for 239 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked five times and intercepted once; Odell Beckham Jr. was held to four catches for 36 yards in his season debut. New York's defense limited Detroit to 257 total yards and 12 first downs, but Jamal Agnew's 88-yard punt return TD in fourth quarter allowed the Lions to put the game away.
- On Sunday in Kansas City, the Eagles were even with the Chiefs through three and a half quarters before allowing two touchdowns in a 4:11 span and eventually losing, 27-20. Carson Wentz passed for 333 yards and two touchdowns despite being sacked six times; Chris Jones' fourth-quarter interception of Wentz set up KC's go-ahead touchdown. Alshon Jeffery (seven receptions, 92 yards) scored his first TD as an Eagle on a 16-yard pass from Wentz in the third quarter. After limiting the Chiefs to two first-half field goals, the Philly defense allowed three touchdowns on five second-half drives.
- The Giants and Eagles split a pair of five-point games last season; in each game, the home team won despite being outgained by more than 140 yards. Philly won all four games between the teams in 2014 and '15, scoring at least 27 points in each. The G-Men have not swept a season series from the Birds since 2007.
- Eli Manning ranks fifth in the NFL in completion percentage through Week 2 at 72.9 percent, but his yards-per-completion average of 9.00 ranks fifth lowest among the league's 33 qualifiers. Including playoffs, Manning won six of his first nine career starts versus the Eagles, but is only 4-15 against Philadelphia since December 2008. In six of his 13 career regular-season starts at Lincoln Financial Field, Manning has had a passer rating under 65.
- Carson Wentz has been sacked eight times in two games, tied with Eli Manning for second most in the NFL; Wentz was sacked eight times over the last five games of last season. Wentz went 6-2 at home in 2016, with nine TD passes and five interceptions. His 364 yards passing against the Giants in Week 9 last season are the most by an Eagles QB versus NYG since Randall Cunningham's 369-yard performance at Veterans Stadium on October 10, 1988.
- The Giants' 13 total points this season are the fewest for the franchise through two games since 1947, when the team scored only seven points in its first two contests. With Carson Wentz at QB, the Eagles are averaging 28.4 points per game in September over the last two seasons, fifth most in the NFL.
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PHILADELPHIA -- After splitting their first two games on the road, the Philadelphia Eagles will open their home schedule Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field against the desperate New York Giants, who dropped their first two games.
The Eagles, coming off a 7-9 season, opened the season with a victory at Washington before falling 27-20 last Sunday at Kansas City.
Philadelphia finished 6-2 at home last season and could improve to 2-0 in the NFC East with a win against the Giants.
Second-year coach Doug Pederson has been criticized throughout his brief tenure for a lack of balance on offense. In the seven-point loss to the Chiefs, quarterback Carson Wentz threw 46 passes. The Eagles ran the ball 13 times for a total of 52 yards.
In his rookie season, Wentz threw the ball a franchise-record 607 times.
In the offseason, the Eagles signed free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who was a member of the New England Patriots team that won the Super Bowl last season. Blount went without a single carry against Kansas City after rushing for 46 yards on 14 carries against the Redskins.
"I still got a lot of confidence in him," Pederson told reporters, referring to Blount after the loss to the Chiefs. "And we'll find ways to get him on the field."
The run-pass ratio was a constant source of tension during Andy Reid's 14 years with the Eagles, and it has continued under Pederson, who was previously Reid's offensive coordinator in Kansas City.
"Yeah, I've got guys, we talk run-pass all the time during the game, especially first down, series start and first down earned during the game," Pederson told reporters. "And a lot of times, you get into the game and it starts to become situational and things change, as you know, and so -- but yeah, I've got guys in my ear all the time."
Even with the disparity, the Eagles recovered a late onside kick and had a chance to tie the game with a Hail Mary pass, but Wentz's pass was knocked away in the end zone. The Eagles trailed the entire fourth quarter, which was acknowledged in the aftermath of the loss.
"Even if it was a little bit out of proportion at that point, it gets -- it ends up looking worse," offensive coordinator Frank Reich told reporters. "And my experience is when you look around the league, it pretty much happens every week to one team or two teams are going to find themselves in the same kind of situation."
The Eagles could be short-handed defensively heading into the home opener, with cornerback Jaylen Watkins and safeties Rodney McLeod and Corey Graham struggling with hamstring injuries.
Pederson said at his Wednesday press conference that neither Watkins nor McLeod would be practicing. Graham showed up on the injury report later in the day.
The Giants went 11-5 last season and looked to be a contender in 2017, but they dropped to 0-2 after a disappointing 24-10 home loss to the Detroit Lions. Coach Ben McAdoo was critical of 14-year veteran and two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Eli Manning following the loss.
Manning completed 22 of 32 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown yet the offense looked dormant for much of the game.
"Hey, you lose games, you only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism," Manning said on WFAN Monday. "Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it."
McAdoo has been clearly perturbed after seeing his team fall to 0-2.
"Yeah, we can't keep doing the same thing over and over again," McAdoo said on a Tuesday conference call. "That's insanity. It's not working. So we are going to look to make some changes this week, like we did last week. Maybe it will be a little more drastic this week, to use your word. If that means me giving up play-calling duties, that's something we will look at, that we'll talk about. For personnel, jobs are won in this league, they are not given away. So somebody's got to win a job or take a job to get a job."
Giants All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from an ankle injury to catch four passes for 36 yards against the Lions. It's unclear how much he'll contribute against the Eagles.
Another troubling sign for the Giants was the play of left tackle Ereck Flowers, who allowed three sacks. Flowers' status could be one of the changes looming Sunday which was alluded to by McAdoo.
Updated September 20, 2017