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The Philadelphia Eagles held on to a close win against division rival New York Giants 24-19. In one of the most thrilling and exciting games that the Eagles have had and their first win since Week 10. With the season winding down as it is, the Eagles will get ready to keep the rest of the team healthy in preparation for the 2017 offseason.
Lane Johnson’s return: Immediately, Eagles fans could tell that there was a change in the offensive line play. On the opening drive, Johnson made a crucial block that got running back Darren Sproles into the open field and ultimately getting the Eagles on the scoreboard early in the game. The Eagles are now 4-1 with Johnson in the lineup. Fans hope that Johnson will stay away from any PED violations in the future (his next violation will put him on probation for two consecutive years).
Malcolm Jenkins had Eli’s number: Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins played lights out against a fellow NFL veteran whom he has faced plenty of other times in his career. With a weakened running game, Manning and the Giants were forced to carry out their typical offensive attack through the air. Jenkins, however, was reading Manning’s eyes throughout the entire game and came through in clutch moments to pick Manning off twice. Jenkins is undoubtedly one of the main snubs for the upcoming Pro Bowl as his leadership and athletic skills on the field have made him one of the most notable safeties in the league.
Carson is the future (if you haven’t heard it already): This was another game for Carson Wentz to improve on his skills and learn for the next season. This year, Wentz has been pushed to every limit possible for a rookie and while doing so set the record for most completions by a rookie quarterback in a single season. Wentz’s showed glimpses of his strong arm, running ability and elusiveness all on Thursday night’s game. Hopefully fans will be able to see all three aspects every game next year.
Statistic of the Game: The Giants offense totaled 470 yards, but with 3 turnovers the Eagles defense capitalized on points with a pick-six early in the game.
Player on the Rise: S Malcolm Jenkins
Stay tuned for next week’s installment of articles for the Eagles Week 17 regular season game against the Dallas Cowboys.
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