With Michael Vick out due to injury, and LeSean McCoy finding little room to run, a rusty Vince Young did just enough to lead the Birds offense to 17 points, while the defense stepped up when their teammates needed them most, limiting the Giants offense to 278 total yards and 10 points. The Eagles move up to 4-6, still a below-average mark, but keeping them no further than two games out of first place in the NFC East.
Young did throw three interceptions, one of them the club's eighth turnover in the red zone this year, but the former third overall pick tossed a pair of touchdowns, including the game winner -- an eight yarder to Riley Cooper in the back of the end zone with 2:50 remaining. Young got better as the game went on, finishing 23/36 with 258 yards passing, while Cooper had a breakthrough performance, catching five balls for 75 yards.
There were a bunch of solid lines on offense, but the defense set the tone early, allowing Young and his mates to overcome a slow start.
The Giants weren't very successful in any phase of the game, rushing for a paltry 29 yards, while Eli Manning failed to find any kind of rhythm. The Giants finally got something going in the fourth quarter, when Nnamdi Asomugha left Victor Cruz behind him in the end zone for a 24-yard TD to knot the game at 10. Jason Babin came up with the big play of the game though, stripping Eli to finish any hopes of another comeback.
Plenty of fans may have already given up on this season, but the Eagles -- even with their backup quarterback at the helm -- continue to battle. As much as the idea might sound laughable, a post-season berth technically is still possible. Who knows what can happen if they have more efforts like these. More to come...
If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.
He might also start the entire Braves series.
The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.
Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.
Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P
Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.
1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P
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Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.
The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.
But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.
Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.
Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.
The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.