Wentz, Ea­gles cruise past Barkley, Gi­ants

‘It was big for us to come out early and get on the board’

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The Su­per Bowl cham­pion Philadel­phia Ea­gles snapped a two-game skid with an impressive 34-13 NFL vic­tory over the be­lea­guered New York Gi­ants on Thurs­day.

Car­son Wentz threw for three touch­downs as the Ea­gles took a 31-6 lead on their way to a fourth straight vic­tory over their NFC East divi­sion ri­vals.

“Man, it feels good to get back in that win col­umn,” said Wentz, whose ea­gles im­proved to 3-3 and moved atop the wide-open divi­sion.

Wentz con­nected with Al­shon Jef­fery on touch­down passes of 13 yards and one yard, split by a 10yard TD toss to Zach Ertz.

Corey Cle­ment dived over for a one-yard touch­down and Jake El­liott booted field goals of 33 and 30 yards.

Wentz, who missed the first two games of the sea­son as he con­tin­ued to re­cover from a knee lig­a­ment in­jury, looked sharp and made the most of his early chance af­ter Philadel­phia line­backer Kamu Grugier-Hill in­ter­cepted an Eli Man­ning pass de­flected by Jor­dan Hicks.

Grugier-Hill re­turned the ball to the Gi­ants’ 16-yard line to set up Wentz for his across-the­body touch­down pass to Jef­fery.

“It was big for us to come out early and get on the board,” Wentz said.

“We had great field po­si­tion and cap­i­talised early. That’s some­thing we preach all the time, to start fast, and we were able to do that tonight.”

The Ea­gles, who had not scored more than 23 points in a game so far this sea­son, led 24-6 at half­time and were never threat­ened by a Gi­ants team that heard plenty of boos from their home fans.

Sen­sa­tional rookie Saquon Barkley was a rare bright spot for New York, his 50-yard touch­down run in the third quar­ter cut­ting Philadel­phia’s lead to 31-13.

But the de­feat won’t si­lence crit­ics of Man­ning or soothe ten­sion in the team af­ter wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham pro­voked the ire of coach Pat Shur­mur with neg­a­tive com­ments to ESPN about his team­mates.

As the Gi­ants were left to pon­der a sea­son al­ready slip­ping away, Wentz was hop­ing to build on the vic­tory.

“It’s huge,” he said.

“Be­ing 3-3 is a heck of a lot bet­ter than 2-4.”

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Philadel­phia Ea­gles quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz (left) and wide re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­fery cel­e­brate af­ter de­feat­ing the New York Gi­ants at MetLife Sta­dium.

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