Strug­gling Ea­gles host Giants

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - From Mi­ami Herald Wire Ser­vices

Enough of this.

If the Ea­gles are go­ing to make a re­spectable show­ing af­ter their first Su­per Bowl ti­tle, it’s time to do so.

They have lost three of their past four, turn over the ball too of­ten and can’t make big de­fen­sive stops.

They are heav­ily in­jured phys­i­cally and, per­haps psy­cho­log­i­cally, by a 4-6 record as they host the New York Giants (3-7) on Sun­day.

“It’s un­charted ter­ri­tory a lit­tle bit,” coach Doug Ped­er­son says. “I think the guys have re­ally han­dled it well.

“They’re dis­ap­pointed, they’re frus­trated, quite frankly, as we all are. We haven’t played up to the cal­iber that we’re ca­pa­ble of play­ing.

“No­body is go­ing to feel sorry for us, and we’re not go­ing to do the same. We just have to come to work ready and prac­tice, and pre­pare, and as they say, try to go 1-0 each week.”

Six weeks of 1-0 might be good enough to win the NFC East, in which they trail Washington by two games and Dal­las by one. The Ea­gles have two games left with the Red­skins and one with the Cow­boys, to whom they have lost in Philly.

New York has won two in a row to tem­po­rar­ily quiet the so­cial me­dia and tabloid com­plaints about Eli Man­ning.

The vet­eran quar­ter­back has proven that given some time to throw — the O-line has vastly im­proved the past two weeks — he still can pro­duce. And he has tal­ented team­mates in Saquon Barkley, Odell Beck­ham Jr., Evan En­gram and Ster­ling Shep­ard.

“I think we’re run­ning the ball bet­ter than we did, so I feel like we’re play­ing bet­ter foot­ball, but we got to con­tinue do­ing that,” Man­ning says. “They’re a good team, they’re a good de­fense, they got a good front four and they’re a lit­tle banged-up in the sec­ondary, but they'll have a good plan and we just got to go ex­e­cute.”

The week­end be­gan with the Thanks­giv­ing Day triple­header.

At New Orleans, Drew Brees threw four touch­down passes to in­ex­pe­ri­enced re­ceivers and the Saints (10-1) won their

10th con­sec­u­tive game with a 31-17 vic­tory over At­lanta (4-7) that elim­i­nated the Fal­cons from con­tention in the NFC South.

At Dal­las, Amari Cooper had a 90-yard touch­down catch while finishing with 180 yards re­ceiv­ing and two scores and Dal­las pulled even with Washington atop the NFC East at 6-5 with a 31-23 Thanks­giv­ing vic­tory over the Red­skins.

At Detroit, Chase Daniel set ca­reer highs with 230 yards pass­ing and two touch­downs to keep Chicago (8-3) rolling with a 23-16 win over the Lions (4-7).

Off this week are the Chiefs and Rams, the fi­nal byes of the sea­son. They are prob­a­bly ex­hausted af­ter that 54-51 Mon­day night af­fair in which Los An­ge­les im­proved to 10-1 and Kansas City fell to 9-2.

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