Monday Night Football couldn’t have started much worse for the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense. The Giants marched right down the field – 80 yards in eight plays – and took a 7-0 lead on a touchdown by Odell Beckham Jr., a play in which ODB was wide open and basically rolled into the end zone untouched.
At that point, Eagles fan to think their defense would be in for a long time.
As it turns out, however, the Giants didn’t score again in the final 55+ minutes of action. In fact, New York didn’t even cross midfield on its final nine possessions.
“I didn’t even realize that, man. I was out there just playing,” Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll Jr. said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “The guys upfront did a great job getting off the spot and getting pressure and getting them rattled.”
Indeed, the Eagles sacked Eli Manning three times, forced three turnovers and limited New York to 247 total yards. Carroll did his part as well, snagging a pick-six in the second quarter to give Philly a 14-7 lead.
“It was one of those things that just kind of happened so fast,” Carroll said. “It was a communication thing between me and Malcolm (Jenkins). He let me know when the receiver was coming out, and I basically came off my guy and went to his guy and I just saw the ball and made sure I caught it.”
Carroll, who finished with seven tackles, returned the pick 17 yards to the house.
“It was a great feeling,” he said. “The whole team did well – offense and defense. Even though the offense kind of had a couple (mistakes) here and there, the whole team did well. That’s the most important thing. If we can as a team play well and get the W, that’s all that matters to me. I’m not really concerned about anything else. As long as that win stays in the win column and we keep adding them up, that’s all that matters.”
DeMarco Murray led the way offensively, carrying 22 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles started the year 0-2 after a 26-24 loss at Atlanta and a 20-10 loss against the Cowboys. They’ve since won three of four and are now atop the NFC East.
“We didn’t really change our game plan about anything,” Carroll said. “Guys didn’t start pointing fingers when stuff was going wrong. We just stuck to the game plan. We listened to Chip. We listened to our coaches, we trust in our training, and every single week we continue to do the same thing – because we knew it was going to work eventually. That’s what you’re seeing now.”
The Eagles (3-3) have two tough road games upcoming, both on Sunday Night Football. They travel to Carolina this week to take on the unbeaten Panthers (5-0) and will take on the Cowboys (2-3) in Dallas on Nov. 8 following a Week 8 bye. Kickoff for both games is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET.