New York Giants face uphill battle after being embarrassed by Eagles in Week 14

Dec 11, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass while being pressured by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick (7) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have fallen to 7-5-1 on the 2022 season after an embarrassing loss to the league-leading Philadelphia Eagles who are now 12-1 on the year. Philly topped New York with a final score of 48-22, obliterating Big Blue on their home turf. The Giants now face an uphill battle to make the postseason after this devastating loss against the Eagles.

Main takeaways from Giants vs Eagles Week 14

It was all Philadelphia in this game as the gang in green gained 437 yards in comparison to 307 total from New York. The Eagles’ high-flying offense was led by a fierce combination of Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts marched off the field to the sound of M-V-P chants after throwing for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 completions. He also added 77 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. The Giants struggled to slow down the Eagles’ rushing attack all game as running back Miles Sanders piled on 144 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.

For the New York Giants, pass protection continued to be a problem. The Giants’ offensive line let up a season-high 7 sacks in the contest. Eagles defensive lineman Brandon Graham led the way with 3 sacks in the game. Daniel Jones was under constant duress (sacked 4 of the 7 times) before being pulled from the game in favor of backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor. It was more of the same, though, as Taylor was sacked 3 times in the dying embers of the matchup, fumbling the ball away on one of the sacks.

If there was a bright spot for Big Blue, however, it came in the way of wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. After being picked up off of the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad in early November, Hodgins has scored two touchdowns in the last two weeks and stood out as a positive receiving option for Daniel Jones.

Saquon Barkley was questionable to play heading into this Week 14 matchup. He ended up participating in the contest, though, marginally. Head coach Brian Daboll said they “had a plan” to limit Barkley’s workload entering the game. Barkley took only 9 carries for 28 yards as Tyrod Taylor finished the game as the team’s leading rusher, compiling 40 rushing yards.

The New York Giants have failed to earn a win in each of their last four games and have won only one game in their last five contests. After a strong start to the season, the Giants’ playoff hopes are on life support. The Giants are on the bubble with a 7-5-1 record and a crucial matchup with the Washington Commanders coming up next Sunday night. If Brian Daboll wants to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive, he will need to lead the New York Giants to a clutch victory in Washington next week.

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