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Who Balled and Who Stalled: Eagles Week 5 vs Giants

The Philadelphia Eagles are back on winning terms after their convincing win over the New York Giants, 36-21. Despite Michael Vick succumbing to an injury midway through the match, Nick Foles was able to take control of the game and guide the Eagles to a win, and a 2-3 record to tie the NFC East division. Foles’ control of the offense was in every way balanced by the great play of the Eagles pass defense, particularly in the fourth quarter where they took three interceptions in three consecutive Giants drives. A great team performance for the Eagles, but here are some individual ballers and stallers from Sunday’s win:

Baller: Cary Williams

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All of the Eagles’ starting cornerbacks were terrific in Sunday’s game, contributing to Eli Manning’s low passing percentage of 46% and low passer rating, 56.1. Williams had a tough ask on the night, marking Hakeem Nicks, who provides a threat to even the best secondaries in the league. However, arguably the greatest asset of Cary Williams is his tenacity and determination on the field. Williams had some good plays towards the end of the game, made 11 total tackles for a team high, and snatched one of three picks from Eli Manning’s arm.

Baller: Bradley Fletcher

Bradley FletcherBradley Fletcher was also a big factor for the team win on Sunday, as highlighted by his appearance on NFL AM yesterday.Fletcher had nine solo tackles on the night, as well as an impressive five pass deflections, which was the most by any player in the league for Week 5. Fletcher has been a consistent performer for the Eagles this season, and will play a key role in helping to improve from the team’s poor secondary performances earlier this season.

Staller: Nate Allen

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The Safety position has certainly been a weak point for the Eagles in 2013. Gone are the days of Gang Green and Brian Dawkins, as the Eagles have been punished for sloppy safety play thus far in the season. Nate Allen has been a key instigator of the poor safety play, often found out of position on deep passes and missing important tackles in the deep field. Allen really only won the starting job because of some big performances in his first few seasons, but outside of those he has been consistently below average and has been caught out by NFL analysts many times. It might be time for a new starting safety next season, be it through the draft or free agency.

Baller: DeSean Jackson

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Several signs in the MetLife stadium said it all…D-Jack is back! After a 2012 season of minimized production with only 700 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Jackson has had an exceptional 2013 this far. DeSean has already clocked 525 yards and 3 TDs through five weeks this season, and on Sunday he had another good performance with 132 yards and a touchdown. DeSean has gone back to what the fans love him for, using his speed to burn opposing corners and finding space deep down the field. Even when he isn’t catching passes, DeSean’s speed and quickness up the field draws defenders downfield and creates space for the other Eagles receivers. If DeSean can continue his great production in 2013, he will be on his way to his third Pro Bowl selection.

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Author:Will Eddowes

20 y.o Kiwi. Passionate about the NFL, both on the field & in the front office. Budding scout & salary cap analyst - Law and economics student at VUW - Also write for http://Overthecap.com.

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