Turnover-Prone Eagles Face Giants Sunday Night
After three weeks of this NFL regular season what do we make of the Philadelphia Eagles? Well, the words “turnover-prone” or even “over-rated” come to mind.
Philly didn’t just get beat Sunday out in Arizona; the Eagles, and namely QB Michael Vick, got clobbered. The final score in points was 27-6; the final score in terms of who got beat up was worse.
The Eagles are now 2-1, but lucky to be there. They had to overcome four Vick interceptions in Week 1, scoring in the final seconds to escape with a 17-16 victory over the lowly Browns. Then in Week 2 they had to overcome four more turnovers (two more Vick picks), scoring with two minutes left to beat Baltimore at home 24-23.
That turnover problem continued Sunday out in Arizona, and it finally caught up to Philly. Vick didn’t throw any picks, but he did lose two fumbles, including one inside the Cardinals 10-yard-line that got returned for a touchdown.
Vick was responsible for two of the three lost Eagles fumbles on the day.
So Philly leads the league in give-aways with 12 – that’s four per game, for all you non-math majors out there – going into its game against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants at The Linc Sunday night (8 pm ET, NBC).
Vick got sacked five times Sunday, hit several other times and rocked a handful of times. He stayed in the game throughout, but one has to wonder how many more hits he can take before he finds himself on the sidelines.
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The Giants, meanwhile, are also 2-1, but coming off their best performance of the season. New York opened this year with a 24-17 home loss to Dallas, then had to rally to beat Tampa Bay 41-34. But last Thursday night the G-Men went into Charlotte and pounded the Panthers 36-7.
New York clicked on all cylinders Thursday night, out-rushing Carolina 125-60, holding the ball for over 36 minutes and picking off Cam Newton three times.
As of Monday morning the Week 4 NFL picks boards were listing the Eagles early one-point favorites for Sunday night’s game over New York.
Philly has won six of the last seven meetings with the Giants. Last year these teams split their two games, the Eagles winning in New York 17-10 and the Giants winning in Philly 20-16.