Defensive coordinator Billy Davis stated Sunday prior to the Eagles' 36-21 win against the Giants that they "need to be a turnover team." Entering Week 5 the Eagles had forced just five turnovers in the team's first four games.
The Eagles had allowed a total of 1,787 yards of total offense through four weeks. That is the most total yards through four games in franchise history and tied for seventh worst in NFL history and they have the fewest number of takeaways in the top-9.
Peyton Manning completed 82% of his passes and he had 34 passing attempts on September 29th against the Eagles. The Broncos went 5-for-8 on third down but the defense did not even force a third-down on the final four touchdown drives. The Broncos' last four touchdown drives consisted of 12 second down conversions and resulted in 28 points.
During the Eagles three game losing streak entering their game against the Giants, Philip Rivers (SD), Alex Smith (KC) and Manning (Den) have gone 86-for-116 (74.1%) with seven passing touchdowns and no interceptions.
But Sunday was entirely different. The defense stepped up to further frustrate the Giants and give the Eagles a much-needed win. With the Eagles holding on to a 22-21 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Eagles intercepted Giants quarterback Eli Manning on three consecutive series. The first two interceptions were immediately turned into touchdowns by the Eagles offense.
Overall, the Eagles forced four New York turnovers that turned into 17 Philadelphia points. For the first time all season, the Eagles forced turnovers in key situations and made their opponent pay for turning the ball over.
Eagles fans got to see what their team could do if they have a somewhat-decent defense. Their offense put up 36 points and the defense kept the momentum in the Eagles' favor - they won. I don't know if I should get used to this but it was definitely enjoyable.
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