Gi­ant op­por­tu­nity for the Eages

Ea­gles look to get back to win­ning ways against New York

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Cana­van

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. >> Af­ter turn­ing over half their ros­ter, it’s not sur­pris­ing the New York Giants are los­ing.

The de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Philadel­phia Ea­gles are an­other story. They were ex­pected to make a run at be­ing the first team to re­peat since the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots won ti­tle games af­ter the 2003 and 2004 sea­sons.

The Ea­gles (2-3) head into Thurs­day night’s game at Met Life Sta­dium against the Giants (1-4), look­ing to avoid their first three­game los­ing streak since the 2016 sea­son. A fourth loss would be more than they had last sea­son.

While some might point to a Su­per Bowl hang­over, it’s also a com­bi­na­tion of hav­ing a tar­get on their backs, in­juries and bad play.

“We know we’re go­ing to get ev­ery­body’s best and we’ve seen it al­ready this sea­son,” Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son said.

“I’ve ad­dressed the team that way. It doesn’t mean we have to; it’s not about panic mode or any­thing in that na­ture, it’s just a height­ened sense of ur­gency. The mis­takes we’re mak­ing are self­in­flicted and it’s keep­ing us from pos­si­bly win­ning a game or two here or there, and we un­der­stand that.”

So do the Giants. They have not played hor­ri­bly in coach Pat Shur­mur’s first sea­son. They are not mak­ing enough plays, and too many mis­takes.

Odell Beck­ham Jr., who caught a touch­down and threw an­other in the Giants’ 33-31 loss to Carolina last week­end, is glad this is a short week and the Ea­gles are the op­po­nent in the weak NFC East where no team has a win­ning record.

“De­fend­ing Su­per Bowl champs

com­ing in here, Thurs­day night game, but right now the fo­cus is more on this just one game, and not putting so much pres­sure on what it could do for us,” Beck­ham said. “But this is a game that we need to win against a di­vi­sion ri­val.”

The Ea­gles have won the past three against New York and seven of eight. Beck­ham doesn’t care. “There’s al­ways a team each and ev­ery year where ev­ery­thing is right for them,” Beck­ham said of the Ea­gles.

“Even watch­ing them last year, there was third downs, third-and-7s — they got all of them. It’s just the lit­tle stuff that was go­ing on for them all year that was hap­pen­ing that al­lowed them to win each and ev­ery game. I don’t know if I’ve seen that in the past games.”

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MARK ZALESKI — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Head coach Doug Ped­er­son and the Ea­gles (2-3) head into Thurs­day night’ game at MetLife Sta­dium against the Giants (1-4) look­ing to avoid their first three-game los­ing streak since the 2016 sea­son.

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