The Philadelphia Eagles‘ secondary has been one of the worst units in the league this season, but not in Week 5. The secondary was active all game and actually changed momentum of the game in the fourth quarter allowing the Eagles to gain a huge road victory against a divisional opponent.
A lot played a part in this. For one the corner play was excellent for the most part on the day. Bradley Fletcher was active all game long with nine tackles and five pass break ups in yet another solid effort from him. Cary Williams had a solid afternoon leading the team with 11 tackles. While he did give up a few completions he managed to make the tackle and bring his man down right away. Williams also came up with a huge pick where he baited New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning that essentially sealed the game.
Nate Allen is a man who is heavily criticized in Eagles country, but I have to give him his due. He was once again solid and has been for the past two or three weeks. While he failed to come away with a turnover he came pretty darn close and was disciplined in deep coverage not allowing any plays over the top. He forced Manning and the passing game to check down to the middle of the field repeatedly.
Brandon Boykin may have had the play of the day coming up with a dazzling interception where he simply ripped the ball away from dangerous slot man Victor Cruz. This turnover seemed to be contagious as the takeaways piled up for the defense after that.
This is certainly a nice starting point for the defense, and they can build off of this effort. If they play with this fight and resiliency on a weekly basis the Eagles could be a dark horse in the NFC.