Here's a headline I would have put good money against less than a month ago.
"Eagles Control Playoff Destiny With Win Against Giants"
I'm sorry — I must now be in some strange sort
of alternative universe, but its one I kinda like. A consistently
balanced offense lead by Jeff Garcia and Brian Westbrook, and an
opportunistic defense with Brian Dawkins leading the way upended the NYG in a back-and-forth and occasionally ugly game at the Meadowlands 36-22.
The Eagles took advantage of four Giants turnovers, including a
end-of-the-game deflection-INT-TD to get a little revenge for their
abominable loss in Week 2. I was really pleased to see some good
ball control (something the team seemed unable to consistently do with
McNabb — have they changed the play calling that much for
Garcia?). Perhaps more importantly, they held the Giants to under
100 yards rushing, which given recent performances seemed unlikely at
Eli Manning and the Giants continued to
confound. At times looking completely "together" and at others
completely out of sync. Previously 6-2 and looking like
contenders, the G-men have two games to figure out what ails
them. I still think that when they're playing on all cylinders
this team is top-notch, but they haven't seemed capable of putting that
together very well.
It will be interesting to see how the Eagles respond to playing now as
"favorites". I think mentally they've been playing with the
house's money since no one expected anything from them after
McNabb went down with a torn ACL last month. Now with
"expectations" beginning to be placed on them (again), I'm very curious
to see how they'll react.