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Week 6 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 34, New York Giants 13

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Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz was sharp against the Giants solid defense as the Eagles blew out their divisional foe on the road. Without Jay Ajayi there was a hearty committee rotation at running back with Wendell Smallwood seeing more interior work and Corey Clement remaining in his pass-centric and red zone type role. Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz remain entrenched as the clear top passing options with Nelson Agholor, Dallas Goedert, and Jordan Matthews relying on an optimized target here and there for impact.

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 36 - 278 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 14 - 0
Wentz played his first game without a turnover of the season, a sound victory over the offensively-challenged Giants. The offensive line struggled early to protect Wentz as pocket pressure was constant on Wentz’s drop backs. Even the pressure did not deter Wentz as a notable play saw Wentz hit during his motion with the ball helpless floating into the air downfield. Nelson Agholor made a play on the ball, turning the potential turnover into a long gain. Two highlight throws for Wentz were extending a third down to find an open Agholor for 50+ yards and a beautiful corner route red zone touchdown to Zach Ertz in the second quarter as the Eagles began to separate on the scoreboard in the blowout. Wentz is finding his rhythm with three straight games of multiple touchdowns without an interception and the suspect Panthers passing defense up next.

RB Wendell Smallwood, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 51 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (2 targets)
Smallwood saw the start against the Giants and was the primary interior runner with Corey Clement serving as a complementary back in the Eagles’ rotation. Smallwood showed toughness inside and ran with more power than his size would suggest, dragging a defender for a chunk of yardage on a notable interior run. Smallwood did fumble in the game, but it was reversed to an Eagles recovery upon replay. Smallwood was limited as a receiver with Clement the clear preferred option through the air. While Smallwood had 19 touches in the blowout win, he did not have any touchdown opportunities or optimized looks for potential big gains.

RB Corey Clement, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 43 - 1, Rec: 3 - 26 - 0 (3 targets)
Clement remained in the secondary role to Wendell Smallwood, but was the more optimized running back in terms of opportunities. Clement saw more red zone and receiving work, including one notable drive where Clement gouged the Giants defense for an edge run in the red zone to the one-yard-line before finishing the drive with a goal line rushing plunge. Clement also added a 20-yard screen reception and a red zone catch. Despite Smallwood seeing 19 touches to Clement’s 14, Clement had more impact and higher upside opportunities this week.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 74 - 2 (12 targets)
Jeffery has been peppered in his three games since returning to the lineup and this week’s win over the Giants was no different with 12 targets (33% of the team targets) this week. Jeffery logged two touchdowns with a goal line slant and arguably Carson Wentz’s best throw of the game across his body on a third down in the red zone. However, Jeffery did leave production on the field with two drops on short-to-intermediate targets. Beyond the box score, Jeffery added a defensive pass interference penalty. Jeffery draws a softer Panthers secondary next week after an outstanding showing against the usually-stingy Giants pass defense.

WR Nelson Agholor, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 91 - 0 (5 targets)
Agholor has fallen back in the Eagles passing pecking order with a mere five targets and two of Agholor’s three receptions coming off broken plays. Agholor showed quality awareness as Carson Wentz was hit during his motion with the ball floating into the air over the middle of the field. Agholor came back to the football and turned the potential turnover into a chunk gain. Later, Agholor was wide open on a broken play as Wentz extended the play for a catch-and-run of 50+ yards. Agholor is firmly on the touchdown regression watch list with four games and 16 receptions since his last foray into the end zone and Carolina’s suspect secondary up next.

TE Zach Ertz, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 43 - 1 (9 targets)
For the first time this season Ertz did not see at least 10 targets as the Giants generally held Ertz in check. Ertz was tackled immediately on a number of his receptions, including stopped short on a third down. Ertz’s highlight moment came on a red zone corner route and a beautiful Carson Wentz pass as the Eagles separated from the Giants for good in the second quarter of the eventual blowout win. Ertz has seen no decline in usage since Alshon Jeffery has returned to the lineup three games ago and Dallas Goedert has not been a hindrance since his Week 2 rogue big game.

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 43 - 281 - 0 TD / 1 INT
Eli Manning started off his performance with an interception on a bad ball short over the middle. The pass was on the wrong shoulder, tipped into the air and picked off by a nearby Eagle defender. Manning struggled immensely in this game with his accuracy, decision making and was under heavy fire from the Eagle front four. The Giants pass protection was not adequate enough and Manning rushed many passes and took several big sacks that ended drives. He almost turned the ball over inside his own 5 yard line, not seeing the pressure off the blind side and the hit caused the ball to become loose but was recovered by an offensive lineman. It appeared as though Manning took more shots downfield to appease everybody but he had almost no success. He was throwing inaccurate balls into well covered receivers that had no realistic chance of being completed. Manning threw a lot of short balls also that failed to pick up many yards as the Eagle defenders were quick to make the tackle. The Giants had a solid rushing threat in Barkley but the passing game was not able to take advantage of this. The Eagles also amassed a big lead relatively early in this game which forced the Giants into passing mode. Manning's only real success throwing the ball came on screen plays to Barkley that he was able to break for big gains down the field. He continued to throwballs into very tight spaces and things quickly unravelled for the Giants. He connected with Latimer late in the game on a deep go route but the game was effectively over at that point as the lead was insurmountable.

Last gasp effort touchdown attempts to Beckham fell incomplete and the Giants need to do a lot of self analysis after this game as the season is slipping away.

RB Saquon Barkley, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 130 - 1, Rec: 9 - 99 - 0 (12 targets)
Saquon Barkley had a monster performance on Thursday night and was the only saving grace for a struggling Giants offense. He made everything happen for the Giants and they could barely complete a pass that wasn't thrown his way. Barkley has the rare combination of size and speed which made him very difficult to tackle throughout this game. He broke arm tackle attempts and ran over defenders on several occasions. Barkley's acceleration is also not to be underrated as he can quickly run away from defenders. He found a gap to explode through early in this game and picked up a big gain before eventually being run out of bounds. Barkley had a 9 yard run that was incredible to watch,he juked, ran over and dodged Eagle defenders to get as many yards as possible. He took a screen pass far down the field on another explosive play. Barkley ran through arm tackles, made defenders miss and bounced off other tackle attempts. His touchdown run came on yet another impressive play from the rookie. Barkley simply bounced a run outside, caught a defender flat footed and went untouched down the sideline into the endzone as no Eagle player could catch him. Barkley provides extreme value as a rusher and pass catcher, he has the hands to stay in on passing situations. Fantasy owners who drafted him, regardless of the position, can rest easy as he looks like the real deal.

WR Odell Beckham Jr, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 44 - 0 (10 targets)
Odell Beckham was somewhat helpless as the Giants offense looked dismal on Thursday. Manning and the passing attack was failing to complete any balls downfield and Beckham only got short receptions as he was well covered by the Eagle defense for a lot of this game. Manning forced balls into Beckhams direction at times but he was generally covered or the pass was off target. Beckham showed excellent effort and speed when he was able to take short balls for decent gains. He made several defenders miss their first tackle attempt and picked up a lot of "hidden" yards. Manning tried to hit Beckham in the endzone late on a fade but there was no separation with the DB. Beckham's production is tied with Manning's ability to play well a lot of the time and the team were just in a funk offensively on thursday night.

WR Sterling Shepard, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 37 - 0 (7 targets)
Sterling Shepard was almost invisible and was rarely targetted by Manning. The Giants had terrible production from the passing attack as the Giants pressured Manning throughout. Shepard couldn't get much of a look in as Manning's focus was on Barkley for most of this game. The passing game was inept and too many balls were incomplete down the field. Shepard dropped a few passes but these balls were short from the line of scrimmage and an eagle defender was close by to make the tackle if it was completed. Manning floated a fade route in the endzone for Shepard but the pass was inaccurate and he got tangled up with an Eagle DB for no gain. Shepard cannot produce in this environment and relies heavily on Manning playing at a high level. Fantasy owners should be cautious playing Shepard as his production has been wildly inconsistent this season.

WR Cody Latimer, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 52 - 0 (4 targets)
Cody Latimer caught one deep ball late on a prayer pass from Manning but this play occurred in "garbage" time as the Giants had no realistic shot at winning the game. Latimer is not worth owning in fantasy, behind Beckham/Shepard. He is trying to fill a role left vacant by the injuries at tight end but the production cannot be relied upon.