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Week 14 Game Recap: New York Giants 17, Philadelphia Eagles 23


What you need to know

New York Giants

1. Slayton is the most explosive player for the Giants. He has the hands and speed to make big plays all over the field. Production will be inconsistent and the Giants are very mediocre at quarterback but the young talent cannot be denied.

2. Manning looked competent and aggressive for a lot of this game. This lead to some early scores but the offense faded in a big way down the stretch.

3. Tate and Slayton often rotate in terms of which player will be able to produce in the stat sheets. Slayton is more consistent but Tate occasionally steals the show.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles maintained their position to challenge for the NFC East title with the overtime win over the Giants. The offense remains a struggle, however, with Nelson Agholor out and Alshon Jeffery starting the game but leaving early with a foot injury. The Eagles gutted out the win as Carson Wentz extended plays but with little other than Zach Ertz offering much promise through the air and sporadic impact from Miles Sanders and Boston Scott out of the backfield. While in the hunt for the playoffs, the Eagles offense is running on fumes for playmakers.

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, 52 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 30 - 203 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - -1 - 0
Eli Manning returned to the spotlight with a bang in the first half but faded over time. He hit Slayton inside on a slant play and his receiver was able to pivot outside and outrun the defender to the pylon for a big score. Manning found Slayton again deep over the shoulder on a go route, fitting the ball in perfectly in stride and in bounds. He showed some willingness to move out of the pocket and made some nice throws on the run, though his movement speed leaves a lot to be desired. Manning had an unfortunate mishandling of a snap in the redzone which stalled the drive. He almost hit Tate in the endzone on a post but the pass was too late. Manning was generally on target and on time with his passes in the first half. Slayton broke completely free from the secondary and he hit him in stride for his second explosive touchdown pass. The Giants tried a flea flicker play but it quickly became a mess and Manning quickly offloaded it to Barkley to prevent a sack. Manning and the Giants couldn't execute towards the end of the game, penalties and unforced errors with ball handling dragged their performance down. Manning acquitted himself well all things considering and gave Slayton incredible value. If Manning is to play again, he is a low end #2 player.

RB Saquon Barkley, 49 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 66 - 0, Rec: 3 - 1 - 0 (4 targets)
Saquon Barkley did not go down easy on Monday night and looked dynamic with the ball in his hands. He was carrying defenders with him and demonstrate a strong stiff arm which he used to great effect throughout the game.

Barkley did an excellent job turning negative or neutral plays into positive ones. He almost got taken down for a loss on several occasions but he managed to escape the first tackle attempt routinely and salvage something. At times, Barkley was even able to convert potential negative plays into first downs which really kept the Giants alive. He delivered a strong stiff arm before escaping to the outside for a first down in which the play looked dead at first contact. Barkley did a good job weaving his way for as many yards as possible but wasn't a big factor in the passing game. The Giants were very rarely in the redzone and this prevented any possible redzone scores but this is nothing new to the 2019 Giants.

WR Darius Slayton, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 154 - 2 (8 targets)
Darius Slayton had a massive performance against the Eagles on Monday and most of it came from just two plays. Slayton demonstrated again that he is a threat all over the field and a danger in the deep passing attack. His first touchdown came on a slant play inside. Slayton managed to cut back outside and outran his defender easily to the endzone for the score. He broke free along the sideline shortly afterwards and Manning hit him just in bounds for a big first down down the field. Slayton got behind the secondary again later in the game and easily hauled in a long ball before running into the endzone untouched again. He has very good speed and hands to catch balls downfield.

The Giants know he is a factor all over the field and they will continue to throw him the ball. Slayton is tied to his mediocre passing attack unfortunately, which will lead to quiet weeks every now and again. Worth a start, especially against a porous pass defense no matter which Giants QB is under center.

WR Sterling Shepard, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 4 - 28 - 0 (7 targets)
Sterling Shepard really didn't accomplish much on Monday as the Giants struggled to get the ball to anyone other than Slayton. Shepard got a few short curl/in routes over the middle but wasn't able to do much after the catch. He did break free temporarily on a end around play that fooled the Eagles defense briefly. The Giants mostly kept things short in the passing game and Shepard wasn't targeted downfield much. Shepard should remain on the waiver wire as he isn't really reliable in any capacity as a fantasy play.

WR Golden Tate, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (5 targets)
Golden Tate managed only catch but was targeted a lot more. His chemistry looked off with Manning as several balls were late or off target. Tate was targeted in the redzone on a play over the middle but a late ball meant it was batted down before Tate could make a play on it. Manning almost hit him in stride out of his own endzone but the pass was just slightly overthrown and out of reach. A broken scramble play from his quarterback resulted in a lofty ball to the sideline but Tate couldn't keep his feet in bounds. The Giants offense can't support two receivers in most weeks and this week it was Slayton's week to put up numbers. Tate is a risky play going forward.


Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 89 offensive snaps, Pass: 33 - 50 - 325 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 9 - 0
Wentz fought through yet another week with a diluted set of weapons at wide receiver. Alshon Jeffery was back but left the game early with a leg injury, leaving a hodge-podge of secondary options struggling to separate or supply a downfield presence. Wentz shook off a sluggish first half for the comeback win over the second half and a game-winning touchdown drive in overtime as he peppered Zach Ertz of note. Wentzís mobility was on display as he spun from pressure, reverses from the pocket and delivered a strike to Ertz downfield on one occasion and a perfect over-the-outside-shoulder connection to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second half. Wentz converted both a third down and fourth down sneak in the game on the ground. Wentz also had a scramble drive touchdown to Greg Ward called back by penalty.

RB Miles Sanders, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 45 - 0, Rec: 4 - 24 - 0 (5 targets)
Sanders missed part of the second half with cramps against the Giants but had another clear 1A role with Jordan Howard out this week. Boston Scott was a factor in the committee, however, and siphoned a goal line touchdown and a number of targets as Scott was more of the hot hand down the stretch. Sanders was stuffed on his lone goal line attempt. He showed better than the box score on the ground, showing a combination of patience, after-contact prowess, and balance for his best runs. Sandersí highlights on the game-winning drive in overtime included a power run through contact on third down and a quick out reception for a chunk gain.

RB Boston Scott, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 59 - 1, Rec: 6 - 69 - 0 (6 targets)
With no Jordan Howard and Jay Ajayi playing a minimal role, Scott was a hot hand in the Eaglesí running back rotation and saw featured touches when Miles Sanders missed a section of the second half with cramps. Scott had a career game on 16 touches, showing dynamic movement in space and adding nice pad level on a goal line touchdown run. Scott juked a defender on a swing route reception and showed patience and vision on a 15-yard screen. The lone missed opportunity for Scott amidst his highlight performance was being stuffed on third-and-short. Washington offers another exploitable matchup for the Eagles running backs in Week 15.

WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, 80 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 29 - 0 (3 targets)
The second-round rookie was forced into extended action with Alshon Jeffery missing most of the game with a foot injury and Nelson Agholor already inactive. Arcega-Whiteside corralled a red zone slant off a low throw and his highlight play came on one of the best offensive plays for the Eagles offense all game. Carson Wentz placed a perfect pass over the outside shoulder of Arcega-Whiteside and the rookie adjusted well for the arching connection. Any missed time by Jeffery will place more importance on Arcega-Whiteside to make similar plays regularly for the Eagles passing game to produce on the outside.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 20 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Jeffery sparsely played against the Giants as he exited early with a foot injury. Jeffery saw a deep sideline target and was blanketed on a third-down slant target before leaving the game. The Eagles are rail-thin at wide receiver and struggled the rest of the game to produce any impact from the position.

TE Zach Ertz, 79 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 91 - 2 (13 targets)
Ertz was peppered with 13 targets to lead the team against the Giants. Alshon Jeffery missed most of the game with injury and the Philadelphia pass catchers outside of Ertz struggled overall. Ertz had a variety of receptions, including his usual hitches and out routes. The Eaglesí comeback win hinged on Ertz, who won easily on a goal line slant route in the fourth quarter and then came wide open for a goal line score in overtime for the win. Ertz also got loose downfield for more than 20 yards on a Carson Wentz broken play as Ertzís longest foray down the field. After just one touchdown in the first half of the season, Ertz has four scores over the last five games, including four games of at least 90 yards.

TE Dallas Goedert, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 41 - 0 (6 targets)
Goedert did not make the box score until almost halftime despite the Eaglesí wide receiver injuries and lack of impact. Goedert added a seam reception for more than 25 yards as his highlight play of the game and broke a tackle on another reception. The second-year tight end also had a drop with no touchdown opportunities near the end zone. With the Eaglesí injuries at wide receiver, Goedert and the running backs are more in focus for consistent weekly targets.