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Eagles defense makes Daniel Jones look unbeatable

Tom Rimback
Burlington County Times
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) rushes for a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod (23) pursues  during the first half at MetLife Stadium.

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is a combination of Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady. At least, that's how the Eagles made him look on Sunday.  

The Giants franchise quarterback threw for 244 yards on 21-for-28 passing. The sixth pick in the 2019 draft ran nine times for 64 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. It could have been worse, as Jones had another touchdown run called back in New York's 27-17 victory.

“We put the work in throughout the week,” Eagles safety Jalen Mills said. “It should reflect. That’s how sports works. That’s how football works. You practice how you play.” 

Jones’ performance was more than enough to give Jones just his second win against a team other than Washington’s team without a name. The other came in his first-ever start against Tampa Bay. He is a perfect 4-0 against Washington. 

The Eagles had two full weeks to get ready for a Giants team that they’d played and beaten three weeks earlier. Somehow, they were still unprepared for Jones running a quarterback keeper that went for 80 yards in the teams’ first meeting. To be fair, New York disguised the play, running it to the left this time. 

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Jones rumbled for 34 yards. The only reason it wasn’t longer is they stop counting at the end zone.  

“We knew that was coming,” Eagles defensive lineman Brandon Graham said. “When we see the film, we’ll know what actually happened. We knew that they ran a couple of things a little bit different. It’s all the same thing at the end of the day.”  

The Giants opened the game with an 85-yard drive. Their second drive went 75.  

“We gave them 14 early,” Graham said. “We can’t do that, especially on defense. We have to hit them. We have to strike first. We play this team two times. It's all about who strikes first, (about) who came to play.” 

Somehow the Eagles got to halftime trailing only 14-3.  

After Boston Scott gave the Eagles some life with a 56-yard third-quarter touchdown, Jones drove the Giants 75 more yards to put the game away, for all intents and purposes. 

“It’s always the goal to play complementary football,” Graham said. “Today we just didn’t get it done. We dug ourselves a hole. And when we were about to go up, we couldn’t stop it.” 

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) takes on the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 27-17, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.

The Giants response was surgical. After a run for no gain, Jones hit Sterling Shepard for 27 yards then Golden Tate for 38. Three plays later, Jones have the Giants a two-score advantage.  

“We pride ourselves on being a dominant defense,” Mills said. “Those catches right there definitely hurt.” 

The Eagles are still in first place. Something will have to change if they hope to stay there. 

“It takes everybody,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “It takes intensity in practice. It takes everybody being on the same page. There’s a work ethic. There’s a pride thing, as a team we have to say enough’s enough.  

“Guys are mad. Guys are upset. I’m mad.”  

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