In the bigger picture, the NFC East state is robust. That the Giants are 6-1 is the biggest surprise in head coach Brian Daboll’s first season. A stout defense has largely been a constant for the Giants even over the past few years — New York lost 10 or more games in each of the last five seasons before 2022 — and now the Giants’ offense has gained some steam. Much of the success New York has had on offense is thanks to the play of running back Saquon Barkley, who is finally healthy and playing great football. Barkley missed 21 games the last three seasons with injuries — an ankle injury in 2019, a torn ACL in 2020 and another ankle injury last year — but now he’s a beast, leading the NFL with 906 yards from scrimmage. His 726 rushing yards are second only to Cleveland’s Nick Chubb, and Barkley has combined tough interior running with big running — he has six field gains of 20-plus yards, including a pair of 40-plus gains.
Quarterback Daniel Jones played solid football with six touchdown passes and just two interceptions, and showed off his mobility with 107 yards on the ground in Sunday’s win at Jacksonville. We know all about Jones and his ability to win with his feet — he did it against the Eagles — but what has set Jones apart this season is his efficiency in the pocket and his late-game excellence. Counting Sunday’s win over the Jaguars, Jones has engineered five late-game scoring drives in 2022. Four times, the Giants have had fourth-quarter comeback wins.
They are winning close games, building confidence and playing hard for Daboll. The Eagles don’t see New York until Dec. 11 and then again in Week 18, but believe the Giants aren’t going away and the Eagles need to keep winning.
Dallas won its first game with quarterback Dak Prescott returning to the starting position and continuing to play the football that has marked its 5-2 start: Dallas is outstanding on defense with a dynamic front seven, and the Cowboys have a potent 1-2 combination that football leads in Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.
Washington visits Lincoln Financial Field on Monday, Nov. 14 with Taylor Heinicke at quarterback now that Carson Wentz is on injured reserve following surgery on a broken finger, and all Heinicke did in his starting debut on Sunday in 2022 was throw two touchdown passes. touchdown. win over Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay. The Commanders rely heavily on the combination of Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson and a defense that held the Packers to zero conversions on six third downs in Sunday’s win. Washington plays in Indianapolis and then hosts Minnesota before heading up I-95 for a primetime game.
So, hey, the bottom line is that the Eagles came back from their bye week refreshed and ready to go into Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh, realizing that we have a long, long way to go in this 2022 regular season. No breathing room in the NFC East, beasts NFL this season and a division that doesn’t offer easy exits. Each week of these 11 will be a battle. That’s the mentality the Eagles have to have knowing that every week is so important.