Eagles-Giants: Roob's 10 Observations

Eagles-Giants: Roob's 10 Observations


I don't know what is a bigger surprise — 33 carries for the running backs or a 61-yard game-winning field goal by a guy who just got here two weeks ago.


The Eagles became only the ninth team in NFL history to win a game despite allowing 24 fourth-quarter points, beating the Giants, 27-24, at the Linc (see breakdown).

So here you go: 10 observations from another wild Eagles win over the Giants!

1. This is what happens when you run the football.  

2. OK, and onto Jake Elliott. Goodness, gracious. This kid, playing in his second NFL game, made the sixth-longest field goal in NFL history to cap another wild Eagles-Giants game. He broke the Eagles' record of 59 yards — set in 1979 by Tony Franklin at Dallas — and his 61-yarder as time expired is the third-longest game-winner ever and the longest since — get ready — Matt Bryant's 62-yarder against the Eagles in Tampa in 2006. Elliott, who nailed a big 46-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter, may become the greatest kicker ever or he may go down simply as a footnote in team history. But for one afternoon, he was Bobby Thomson, Michael Jordan and Kris Jenkins all in one. Unforgettable moment.

3. On a day when the passing game never really got going, Doug Pederson finally committed to the running game, and, not surprisingly, the running game answered. The Eagles' running backs on Sunday combined for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. Including Carson Wentz's 22 yards, the Eagles piled up 193 rushing yards, and they needed every one of them. After last week's debacle in Kansas City — 13 carries for the backs the entire game, just five in the second half — Pederson finally recognized what sticking to the running game can do for an offense and for a team. It moves the chains. It takes pressure off the quarterback. It keeps the defense on the field. It lets the offensive line tee off on the defensive line. It gets the backs into a rhythm. It's not that complicated.

4. That said, the Giants had scored one touchdown in their first two games and they hadn't scored more than 20 points in their last eight games — the equivalent of more than half a season. Then they scored 24 points in the fourth quarter, and I don't care how many guys you're missing, that just can't happen. Yes, the Eagles lost Fletcher Cox and Jordan Hicks and yes, they were down three defensive backs. But 24 points in a fourth quarter can't happen.  

5. Jason Kelce has been criticized a lot, but he was excellent Sunday. He was a big reason the Eagles were able to run the ball so well, getting out ahead of LeGarrette Blount and using his athleticism. It was Kelce that sprung Corey Clement on his 15-yard TD run. It was also Kelce out in front of Wendell Smallwood's 20-yard gain with three minutes left. Kelce may not be a prototypical massive 320-pound center, but when the Eagles run the ball like they did Sunday — 30 carries for the backs — Kelce is an effective center.

6. Wentz did not have a good day Sunday (see report card). Wasn't clicking. He hit on 21 of 31 passes, but for only 176 yards and without a completion of 20 yards — the first time the Eagles haven't had a 20-yard pass play in a game in 16 years. He never looked comfortable. Never got into a rhythm. That said, with seven seconds left, he fired a laser to Alshon Jeffery that gave the Eagles a chance. That's what I love about this kid. What happened in the first 59 minutes, 53 seconds of the game didn't matter. He found Jeffery for 19 yards — his longest pass of the day — to set up the ridiculous ending. It wasn't always pretty, but the kid is something special.

7. I hated going for it on 4th-and-8 from the Giants' 43-yard line with 2:29 left before halftime. Hated it. That's maybe a 15 percent play. Punt 'em deep and let your defense go to town and maybe you get the ball back with good field position before halftime. You have field position and you have momentum. Why give up both? You gave life to a Giants team that at that point had scored one offensive touchdown in 2½ games. What was Doug thinking? As it turned out, the defense bailed Pederson out with a brilliant goal-line stand. But that could have cost the Eagles the game.

8. Zach Ertz has 266 career catches and three fumbles, and that's an exceptional ratio. That said, that fumble, coming in the fourth quarter right on the heels of a Giants touchdown, simply can't happen. Ertz had a first down, but he was carrying the football out away from his body with one hand, and Landon Collins is too good a safety to not make a play there. Ertz, who also dropped a touchdown (before catching one on the next play), did have eight catches for 55 yards, but he has to be better in such a key spot.

9. Love the way all the running backs ran the football finally given a chance to shine. Blount, who didn't get a carry last week, ran 12 times for 67 yards and Smallwood finally got a chance to get into a rhythm. After getting just five carries in the first two games, he was 12 for 71. I think he's a really good back, and we finally saw that Sunday. And let's not forget the undrafted rookie, Corey Clement, whose 15-yard touchdown tied the game at 21. All it takes is a commitment to the running game, and we finally got that. We all saw the result.

10. There's really something special about this team. I don't think it's the most talented Eagles team in recent years, but they really believe in themselves and believe in each other, and that can make up for a lot of deficiencies. They're 2-1 now, 2-0 in the division. They've knocked the Giants pretty much out of the race, and they're in a really good position here three weeks into the season. There are definitely issues here, but there's a lot to like about this group.

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Eagles' defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted for a felony charge in Harris County, Texas, the Harris County district attorney's office announced on Friday afternoon.

Because of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest. According to the release, prosecutors are working with Bennett's lawyers to coordinate a surrender.

Bennett is being charged with "injury to the elderly, included intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older." The penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The felony charge is for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was working at NRG Stadium last year during Super Bowl LI, when Bennett was there to watch his brother Martellus play in the game. The Patriots played the Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.  

Bennett, 32, allegedly "shoved his way on to the field" during the postgame celebration, when the elderly worker told him to use a different way for field access. Instead, the district attorney's office said, Bennett pushed through workers, including the elderly disabled woman.

Neither the Eagles nor the Seahawks knew about the incident, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn. Bennett has been an Eagle officially for just over a week.

During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked Bennett to turn himself in as quickly as possible, calling Bennett "morally bankrupt" and entitled. Acevedo said there is no video of the incident, but there is a police officer eye-witness.

Acevedo said Bennett forcibly opened locked doors to get onto the field and then pushed his way past three workers. One was a male, one was a 28-year-old female and one was a 66-year-old female, who sustained a sprained shoulder. The 66-year-old female is a paraplegic and the force of being pushed back in her motorized wheelchair is what injured her. Acevedo said the woman needed medication prescribed to her because of the alleged assault.

According to Acevedo, Bennett said, "Ya'll must know who I am, and I could own this motherf-----. I'm going on the field whether you like it or not," as he pushed past the women.

A police officer, called "Officer Morgan" by Acevedo, the same one who saw the alleged incident, then tried to stop Bennett, but Bennett disregarded him, saying "f--- you." The officer then decided to tend to the woman instead of pursuing the suspect, as he thought Bennett no longer posed a threat.

The extended time between the incident and the indictment was explained by Acevedo as a lack of resources. He said the department decided to handle cases that put citizens in danger. This was pushed to the back burner. He also said it was exceedingly difficult to get in touch with Bennett.

"Mr. Bennett may think because he's an NFL player and because some time passed he may have thought rules don't apply to him," Acevedo said. "No. 2 he doesn't have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman trying to earn a living. He may believe he doesn't have to answer to a police officer trying to detain him, but I'm here to say I'm very proud of the fact our department took this case as seriously as we should have."

The Eagles released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time."

The Eagles officially traded for Bennett on March 14. They sent receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Bennett and a seventh-rounder.

10 random Mike Wallace stats

10 random Mike Wallace stats

In Mike Wallace, the Eagles are getting a veteran wide receiver who’s now playing for his fifth team in the last seven years.
Wallace has put up fairly consistent numbers since the Steelers drafted him out of Mississippi in the third round in 2009.
And we all know what a veteran wide receiver means. Lots of stats!
So let’s get to know Mike Wallace with 10 Random Mike Wallace Stats That You Didn’t Know (And I Didn’t Either Until I Looked them Up!):
• Since entering the NFL in 2009, Wallace ranks ninth in the NFL with 8,072 receiving yards, behind only former teammate Antonio Brown (9,910), Larry Fitzgerald (9,570), Calvin Johnson (9,532), Brandon Marshall (9,316), Julio Jones (9,054), Demaryius Thomas (8,653), DeSean Jackson (8,575) and A.J. Green (8,213).
• Wallace’s 57 touchdown catches since 2009 are seventh-most in the NFL during that span by a wide receiver.

• With a 95-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger against the Cardinals in 2011 and a 95-yarder from Joe Flacco against the Steelers in 2016, Wallace is one of just three players in NFL history with two career TD receptions of 95 or more yards.

The others are Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals, who caught a 97-yarder from Pat Coffee in 1937 and a 98-yarder from Doug Russell in 1938, and Pennsauken’s John Taylor, who caught a 95-yarder from Joe Montana in 1989 and a 97-yarder from Steve Young in 1991.
• Similarly, Wallace’s four career TDs of 80 yards or more — the two listed above plus catches of 81 and 82 from Roethlisberger in 2011 and 2012 — are fifth-most in NFL history behind Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bobby Hayes and Jerry Rice, who all have five.
• Wallace has had at least 725 receiving yards in eight of his nine seasons in the NFL. Since 2009, only Fitzgerald has had 725 or more yards more often than Wallace.
• Wallace’s career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry is fifth-highest among active players (with 32 or more attempts), behind Cordarrelle Patterson (10.3), Tyreek Hill (8.0), Deshaun Watson (7.5) and Ted Ginn (7.1).
• Wallace had nine catches for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV against the Packers after the 2010 season. That’s tied with several players (including Nelson Agholor) for eighth-most in Super Bowl history by a wide receiver.
• Since he entered the league in 2009, Wallace has 43 receptions of 40 yards or more, second-most in the NFL during that span behind only former Eagle DeSean Jackson, who has 56. Those 43 passes were thrown by five quarterbacks (Roethlisberger 23, Flacco 9, Ryan Tannehill 7, Charlie Batch 3 and former Eagle Dennis Dixon 1).
• During the same span, Wallace has 19 TD catches of 40 yards or more, again second-most in the league during that span to Jackson’s 26.
• In 2010, Wallace caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards, and his 20.95 average was sixth-highest in NFL history and highest in the last 33 years by a player with 60 or more receptions. Since 1965, only Hall of Famer and one-time Eagle James Lofton has had a higher average (21.95 in 1984).