By Dave Mangels
The Eagles’ 34-13 romp over the Giants was both relieving and fun, and it was also a microcosm of why despite a rough start, the Eagles should be in good shape for the rest of the season. A few key things were happening at unsustainable rates, it was only a matter of time before they regressed to normal levels. In other areas, the season being a marathon rather than a sprint is starting to benefit the Eagles.
In their first five games the Eagles lost seven fumbles. 11 teams didn’t lose that many all of last season, and only three teams in the past five years have lost more than 15 in a season. Not once in their first five games did they have fewer turnovers than their opposition, entering Thursday with a -4 turnover rate. Against the Giants, that luck turned around. For the first time all season the Eagles didn’t turn the ball over, and for the first time all year they were in the black on turnovers. And it’s no coincidence that for the first time all year, they blew the other team out. Yes, the Giants stink, but last season, including the playoffs, the Eagles went 11-0 with a +155 point differential (14 points a game) when they had a positive turnover...