Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t have a great connection in the New York Giants’ 34-13 loss at the hands of the rival Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football. Prior to the game, Beckham had some thoughts about the team’s offense and its reluctance to go for deep plays, and that was certainly something you could see on Thursday.
Manning only threw deep seven times, six of which were incomplete passes, and one of which was a 39-yard reception for Cody Latimer. (6 incomplete,1 complete to Latimer for 39 yards). Of those deep passes, two of them were thrown in Beckham’s direction. The duo also couldn’t hook up on a red zone touchdown late in the second half.
Manning wound up only connecting with Beckham six times for 44 yards, with a long of 12 yards. A couple of those catches came late when the game was well out of reach. On the night, Manning completed just 24 of 43 passes for 281 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked four times and was hit about a dozen times on top of that.
There might be something to Beckham’s complaints ...
Carson Wentz was great for the Eagles, throwing for 278 yards and three touchdowns, while Saquon Barkley had 130 yards rushing and 99 yards receiving for the Giants, the bulk of which were on short passes.
Beckham can’t come down with end-zone TD on fourth down
Manning throws a short pass to Barkley, then he rushes twice for 18 yards, and then Manning finds him again for a 9-yard reception. Three more short passes from Manning, one of which was incomplete, and none of which went in Beckham’s direction. Manning was also sacked again. A short pass to Gallman goes for 18 yards. In the red zone, Manning went to Beckham on fourth down, but Mills breaks up the pass. Beckham was angry about not getting a call — there might have been some contact under Beckham’s arm, but there was very little of it.
Manning, Giants still sputtering in fourth quarter
In the fourth quarter, Manning threw incomplete to Barkley, then found Shepard and Beckham for short gains to pick up a first down. Manning goes deep to Davis, and it’s way off target. Unfortunately for the Giants, the drive stalled there. Manning was sacked, and yet another short pass to Barkley went for no gain.
Manning hits Beckham twice on scoring drive
In their first drive of the second half, the Giants actually found some momentum. Manning hit Beckham for their first pass of the half, and it went for 11 yards. Then on a 3rd-and-5, Manning found Beckham for a great catch and a first down. Barkley then took one 50 yards for a touchdown. Giants trail, 31-13
Manning, Giants continue to struggle going into second half
Beckham saw a deep pass thrown his way near the end of the first half, but it fell incomplete — Beckham was in double coverage. The Giants got the ball back again, down 24-6, with 1:29 to go. Manning went deep twice, to Latimer and Davis, but both passes were incomplete.
At halftime, Manning is 2-for-4 throwing to Beckham for just 12 yards. Overall, he’s completed just 9 of 22 passes for 142 yards and an interception while being sacked twice.
Beckham left the field with two seconds remaining, when the Giants were showing a “Hail Mary” attempt.
Manning, Giants surviving on incomplete passes and huge Barkley runs
Once again, Barkley broke a big run — this one for 55 yards, that ultimately led to a field goal. Manning threw incomplete five times, none of which were directed at Beckham, and all of which were qualified as “short” passes on the drive.
Giants keep punting as Beckham is double-covered
Beckham saw his second target on a 2nd-and-5, but it fell incomplete as he was double-covered. Philadelphia managed to score on the ensuring drive, then New York ... once again got nothing done. Barkley picked up some good runs, and Manning completed a short pass to Beckham, but it went for no gain. He then completed passes to Latimer and Barkley, both very short passes that weren’t enough to move the ball forward, so the Giants punt.
One of Beckham’s complaints was the lack of deep shots — the Giants seem to be throwing short an awful lot on Thursday.
Beckham sees first target as Giants punt
On the ensuing New York drive, Manning threw three passes, but it was a 46-yard run from Saquon Barkley that put them in field goal position. Beckham was not targeted on the drive, with one pass going to Barkley and the other two going to Shepard. The drive did end in a field goal. After an Eagles punt, Manning was sacked from his own 9-yard line for an 8-yard loss. On 3rd-and-15, Manning dumped off to Beckham, who took it 12 yards for his first reception of the game. Eagles still up, 7-3, nearing the end of the first quarter.
Manning picked on second pass attempt
The Eagles won the toss and chose to defer. On the Giants’ first play, Manning went to Latimer for 8 yards. On second down, he targets his tight end, not OBJ, and the pass is intercepted. Not a great start for New York! The Eagles then marched down the field and quickly scored a touchdown.
8:10 p.m. ET: Odell Beckham Jr. said some negative things about his quarter, Eli Manning, and the Giants offense in general. Now we’ll get to see them play following those very public comments, and we’ll keep you up to date on how both are performing and how Thursday’s game is shaping up, so keep it right here!
The NFC East is in a sorry state, but that wasn’t entirely expected, thus you’re seeing a lot of them on primetime football. On Thursday Night Football, the New York Giants will play host to the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle of sub-.500 teams, but ones that are still contending for the division. The game is set for 8:20 p.m. ET on NFL Network and FOX (live streaming via FuboTV, FOX Sports GO, NFL, Amazon).
Philadelphia is second in the division with a 2-3 record, owning wins over over the Falcons and Colts, but losses to the Buccaneers, Titans and most recently, the Vikings. Thursday’s game will be their first divisional matchup. New York is 1-4, and at the bottom of the division. Their lone win was a close game against the Texans, while they’ve fallen to the Jaguars, Saints, Panthers and the rival Cowboys.
Rookie running back Saquon Barkley has been looking good for New York, but the offense still has struggled to put up points. Eli Manning has just six touchdown passes in five games, and averages 250.8 passing yards per game. Since returning from injury, Carson Wentz has looked good for the Eagles, completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 914 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception.
The NFC East combined to go 0-4 in Week 5, with Washington notably dominated by the Saints on Monday Night Football. It probably won’t take much to win this division, so any head-to-head matchup is incredibly crucial.
Below is all you need to know to follow the action on Thursday.
Time, TV, and streaming info
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
- Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
- TV: NFL Network, FOX
- Streaming: FuboTV, FOX Sports GO, NFL, Amazon
- Odds: The Eagles opened as narrow 2.5-point favorites for the matchup
Eagles vs. Giants news
- In their final injury report, the Eagles ruiled out D.J. Alexander, Nathan Gerry, Corey Graham, Haloti Ngata and Darren Sproles. The team is down to just three healthy safeties, and a severely-weakened special teams unit.
- Evan Engram is out for the Giants, but it appears that Olivier Vernon will play for the first time this season, which is great news for the team.
- The Eagles called up Tre Sullivan from their practice squad, as they’re simply running out of safeties. They waived defensive lineman T.Y. McGill in a corresponding move.
- Philadelphia is allowing a lot of pressure, and much of that pressure has been blamed on Lane Johnson, but the folks at Bleeding Green Nation think that’s a myth, and dive into some film.
With a quarterback like Carson Wentz — big-bodied, determined to extend the play, willing to hang in the pocket, tackle-breaker — pressure charting can lie. It seems the offensive line is relinquishing rush after rush, when really, they’re doing what they can be reasonably expected to do.
- The Eagles continue to search for help on offense, with the latest rumors suggesting they have reached out to the Bills for a potential LeSean McCoy trade.
- Giants coach Pat Shurmur thinks that players complaining about the recent influx of bad calls from referees are just making excuses.
Eagles vs. Giants prediction
Of the seven experts picking for SB Nation, five are taking the Eagles, leaving two picking the Giants. The OddsShark computer joins the majority, while the coin flip landed on New York this week.