EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A week after potentially being on the verge of a breakthrough regarding their own destiny, the New York Giants took a major step backward after getting blown out 34-13 by the Philadelphia Eagles in a rain-soaked MetLife Stadium.
With the loss, the Giants are now 1-5 on the year--the same record they had at this point last year--and 0-2 in the NFC East, having blown a golden opportunity to make up some valuable ground in the division had they been able to pull off a win over the defending Super Bowl champions.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw for three touchdowns while also completing 26 of 36 pass attempts for 278 yards in the win. The Eagles also got a rushing touchdown from Corey Clement to cap the team's first-quarter scoring and spot the Eagles a 14-3 lead.
The Giants, meanwhile, couldn't get out of their own way. Quarterback Eli Manning completed 24 of 43 passes for 281 yards and an interception which set up the Eagles first score of the night, but he was also harassed all night by an Eagles defensive front that manhandled the Giants offensive line to the tune of four sacks and 13 hits.
Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who last week gave an impassioned plea to his teammates to show heart, finished with six receptions out of 10 pass targets for 44 yards.
Meanwhile running back Saquon Barkley was the lone bright spot for the offense. Barkley recorded 130 yards on 13 carries including a 50-yard touchdown.
He also fell one yard short with 99 receiving yards on a team-leading nine receptions of becoming the first Giants player in franchise history to record 100 yards in both receiving and rushing.
The Giants defense, which welcomed back pass rusher Olivier Vernon, wasn't much better.
While Vernon, who missed the team's first five games with a high ankle sprain recorded two tackles and the defense's lone sack of the game. He also recorded a tackle for a loss, two quarterback hits and had a bunch of pressures.
In addition to the Barkley touchdown, kicker Aldrick Rosas, who was on this week's injury report with a sore quad, hit two of his three field goal attempts from 33 and 21 yards, his third attempt of 52 yards just falling short.
After the game, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur insisted that he didn’t have any problems with the effort put forth by the team despite the blowout.
“We just didn’t make enough plays or do anything well enough to win,” Shurmur said.
According to a FOX Sports report, the Giants reportedly fined receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for his comments made last week during a sit-down interview with ESPN. In that interview, Beckham questioned his teammates’ heart and threw shade at quarterback Eli Manning.