The Philadelphia Eagles‘ defense showed real signs of life Sunday in a victory over the New York Giants. The pass rush was more productive, and the secondary came away with three fourth quarter interceptions of Eli Manning.
On this day the defense wasn’t the headline for all the wrong reasons. When Michael Vick went out and the Giants quickly scored two touchdowns it seemed like another day where the defense would implode. Instead they rallied, made Manning feel uncomfortable, and came up with takeaways that turned the game on its head. Brandon Boykin in particular had a spectacular interception, wrestling the football away from Victor Cruz.
It is this kind of effort that the defense needs to be successful on a weekly basis. Mychal Kendricks also bounced back and made plays all over the field including a gift interception of Manning. It was a strong sign to see Kendricks bounce back from a couple of down weeks and have a strong game.
The defensive line did their job. Cedric Thornton was once again solid and almost forced a safety in the end zone on what looked like a questionable call. Fletcher Cox also had one of his best games and almost forced a sack of Manning. He did force a huge mistake by the veteran quarterback on the play where he threw a pick to Boykin.
It was good to see the Eagles defense forcing turnovers. Cary Williams also got in on the action with an interception that all but sealed the game. On this afternoon the defense won the football game for the Eagles and in doing so saved their season.
If they get this type of effort from the defense going forward they are on their way to winning the NFC East.