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Elliott’s Horse Kick Shocks Giants

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Elliott’s Horse Kick Sends Giants To 0-3 Hole

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is a Philadelphia sports hero after that 61-yard horse kick. The New York Giants came into this game trying to avoid a 0-3 hole. Things haven’t been going so well for them, and their record reflects that. On the other hand, the Eagles have been an up and down team. You really don’t know what to expect from this Philly team this season. The Eagles have piled up a lot of injuries and Sunday was no different. But still, this team has found ways to stay in games and win them. With two divisional wins, the Eagles sit at 2-1, comfortably on top of the NFC East division.

The Eagles Weren’t Going To Lose This Game

Yes, I just went there. The Giants were coming into this game with a sloppy 0-2 record. It was Philadelphia’s first home game of the season, and Philadelphia knew a loss could send them into a darkness of their own. The running game was key for the Eagles against this elite Giants defense (they’re still talented on defense, despite their record). Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount carried the ball 12 times for 67 rushing yards and a touchdown. He did what he was supposed to do. Philadelphia finally decided to do what the whole city of Philadelphia wanted them to do, run the ball and run some more.

It worked out well for them. Another Eagles running back, Wendell Smallwood, got 12 carries and rushed for 71 yards. The Eagles finally got a good rotation going with their running backs. This is something that can help them in the long run. Philadelphia has the determination to win games, and that’s something they lacked last year.

Injuries Will Hurt This Team Eventually

This team is showing resiliency. The Philadelphia Eagles have dealt with annoying injuries in all three of their games. Adam Schefter tweeted today about Darren Sproles’ broken arm and torn ACL. He is out for the remainder of the season and will most likely retire after this season. We already know about Ronald Darby and how long his injury is going to keep him out. Defensive players like Fletcher Cox and Jordan Hicks were forced to watch an important part of the game on the sidelines. Can they survive these injuries? Tough.

Caleb Sturgis Needs To Find A New Job

Jake Elliott’s game-winning kick is one way to get NFL teams calling. What are the Eagles going to do now? Should they replace Sturgis and give Elliott the job for the rest of the season? Sturgis has been with the Eagles since 2015 but hasn’t exactly cemented his career with the Eagles. Elliott’s story is rather interesting and potentially a story that would be told by Eagles fans for years.

Rasul Douglas Gets His First NFL Interception

In the second quarter of the game, cornerback Rasul Douglas got his first interception of his NFL career. The Giants were in Eagles territory and were threatening to score. The interception by Douglas killed a Giants drive just like cornerback Patrick Robinson’s interception in the third quarter. Both cornerbacks had mixed performances, but the Eagles better hope they shake it off and move on to the next game.

Carson Wentz Did Not Commit Any Turnovers For The First Time This Season

Quarterback Carson Wentz had a good game. He might not have had a memorable performance, but he protected the ball and made some good throws. He is currently being criticized for missing some of his receivers against the New York’s defense. Some say that he could have done more and avoided the whole Elliott’s game-winning horse kick. It’s hard to forget that the Eagles did give up 24 points to the Giants in the fourth quarter and almost blew this game on defense.