EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Eagles’ season is slipping away.
With the chance to pick up a huge division win on the road, the Eagles got off to a shockingly bad start and never recovered, falling to the Giants, 28-23, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
With the loss, the Eagles dropped to 4-4 and have now lost to each team in the division. The Giants improved to 5-3. After a 3-0 start, the Eagles have lost four of their last five games, including the three in the division.
Coming into Sunday, the Eagles had won eight of their last nine games on the road against the Giants and were 5-1 at MetLife Stadium.
The magic at MetLife Stadium disappeared pretty quickly into the game, when two Carson Wentz interceptions led to 14 Giants points in the first five minutes of the game.
Even with how badly the Eagles played Sunday, and even with Doug Pederson’s questionable choices to skip field goals a couple of times early, the Eagles still had a chance.
After a big Jordan Hicks interception, the Eagles got the ball back, down five, on the Giants’ 34-yard line and couldn’t score.
On fourth down, Wentz lofted a ball to Jordan Matthews into the end zone, but Matthews had trouble tracking it and the ball fell incomplete.
The Eagles cut the Giants’ lead to four points with their first drive of the second half, but the Giants immediately responded with a touchdown of their own. Later in the fourth, the Eagles drove down the field and kicked a field goal to cut the deficit to five points, but couldn’t get any closer.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes against the Eagles, three of which were 26 yards or longer. On several of the plays, the Eagles’ secondary was either beaten easily or looked completely lost.
The two Wentz interceptions early in the game changed everything. If the Eagles could have hit the reset button, they would have.
The Eagles were 1 for 4 on fourth downs Sunday, including two questionable calls in the first half. They were 5 for 5 coming into the game.
Wentz got off to a horrific start Sunday as two interceptions led to 14 points for the Giants before five minutes had ticked off the clock, which led to a 21-10 halftime lead for the Giants.
On his second pass of the game, Wentz soared a ball that was picked off by Landon Collins.
The Giants got the ball at the Eagles' 31-yard line and punched in a touchdown in two plays. The touchdown to Odell Beckham Jr. was a 26-yarder with Leodis Mckelvin and Rodney McLeod in coverage.
Wentz threw his second interception on the next drive when he soared another pass. Again, the Giants got the ball with great field position — at the Eagles' 30 — and scored in three plays. This time, Eli Manning his Roger Lewis Jr. for a 30-yarder with McKelvin and Jaylen Watkins in coverage.
The Eagles actually cut the lead to 14-10 with a field goal and a 70-yard touchdown drive, but shot themselves in the foot too.
Doug Pederson elected to go for it on two fourth-down situations within field goal range in the first half and failed on both attempts. Then, when he decided to kick a field goal toward the end of the half, it was blocked.
On the first missed fourth-down attempt, Wentz kept the ball and lost yardage. On the second, Darren Sproles got the handoff and couldn't get a short yard.
How about Bryce Treggs? He had a 58-yard catch and seemed to open up the field some with the threat of a deep ball in his first NFL game. His big catch was the longest for an Eagles rookie since DeSean Jackson in 2008.
Dorial Green-Beckham was targeted five times and didn’t have a catch. After becoming expendable in Tennessee, it doesn’t look like he’s realizing his potential with the Eagles either.
Brandon Graham didn’t get a sack but continues to get constant pressure on the quarterback.
McKelvin didn’t have a very good day. He was involved in coverage on the Giants’ three first-half passing touchdowns.
DT Bennie Logan (groin), OG Allen Barbre (hamstring), DT Taylor Hart (ankle) and LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring) were all previously ruled out and were inactive for Sunday’s game.
The Eagles return home next weekend to face the Falcons for a 1 p.m. game before taking the cross country trip to Seattle for a Nov. 20 game.