Then what was the game plan?!?
One of the many disappointing storylines coming out of the Giants’ devastating 25-22 loss to the Eagles that effectively ended their playoff hopes came from — who else? — Odell Beckham Jr.
And he had a point.
Why didn’t the Giants put more pressure on the Eagles’ hobbled secondary?
”That’s more of a question for coach,” Beckham said. “Coming in, knowing that they struggled in the secondary, personally I would have loved to attack them. But it wasn’t in our game plan.”
The Eagles’ Rodney McLeod and Ronald Darby are out for the season. Meanwhile, CBs Sidney Jones and Jalen Mills were inactive Sunday due to injury, as was S Avonte Maddox.
The Eagles’ cornerbacks were Rasul Douglas, Chandon Sullivan, De’Vante Bausby and Cre’von LeBlanc. Only Douglas was on the active roster during Week 1.
Beckham did catch five passes for 85 yards and was targeted nine times. But aside of a fourth-quarter pass from Eli Manning where he appeared to be interfered with by LeBlanc, Beckham wasn’t a huge factor.
Manning completed 26-of-37 passes for 297 yards for a touchdown and an interception.
But most of it came in the first half, as did most of the damage Saquon Barkley inflicted.
Barkley rushed for 94 yards and caught six passes for 37 yards in the first half. But then he vanished in the Giants’ game plan in the second half. He finished with 101 rushing yards (on 13 carries) and 41 receiving yards on seven receptions.
Barkley did have a 13-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and a 51-yard touchdown run in the second.
Maybe the Eagles just adjusted better during the game than the Giants coaches did. Beckham seemed to think so.
”They came out and made their adjustments and they just made better adjustments than we did,” Beckham said. “They ran better plays. They made the plays.”