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Eagle Eye: Defense progressing
The Eagles' defense forced four turnovers in the win over the Giants. (USA Today Images)
Here are some bullet points after the Eagles' 36-21 victory over the division rival New York Giants:
• Did you know that Sunday's game against the Giants was the first time Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry ever lined up together in a game? Talk in the locker room was that those two need to be on the field together more often because they create a certain level of pressure on quarterbacks that the Eagles have been missing.
• Last week, defensive coordinator Bill Davis said his defense had to get back to creating more turnovers for the team to be more effective as a whole. His unit responded with four turnovers, three of them coming in the fourth quarter. The Eagles may not have a great defense, but being opportunistic goes a long way in the NFL.
• When defenses are playing against the Eagles' offense, they have to pick their poison. Do you make the commitment to defend the run and leave your corners in one-on-one coverage? Or do you focus more on the Birds' passing game?
The Giants chose to take LeSean McCoy out of the game. They stuffed a number of the Eagles' favorite run plays and McCoy was held to just 46 yards on 20 carries. Shady had nowhere to run in the second half, netting minus-4 yards on seven carries.
• Did it appear that the Eagles' offense ran smoother with Nick Foles at the helm? Players said it did not, necessarily, and that it was a case of the Giants' defense never adjusting to Foles being in the game.
That meant that when the Eagles went with mostly an aerial attack in the fourth quarter and the G-men stayed committed to defending the run, they were able to pick New York’s secondary apart.
The only big difference was Foles gets rid of the ball quicker than Vick does.
• Will the Eagles' offense ever solve its red zone-issues? They were just 2 for 5 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium and are just 7 of 17 inside the opponents' 20 this season.
• After two quiet games from DeSean Jackson, the wide receiver was back in a big way.
Jackson hauled in seven catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. He is fourth in the league in receiving yards with 525 this season.
• Kudos for kicker Alex Henery, who got his groove back by connecting on five field goal attempts. For the season, Henery is now 12 of 15.