New York Giants (0-4)
New York Giants 7
- In last week's edition of The Weekly BEast Report, we looked at how former Giant Carl Banks felt the Giants had locker room issues, a claim which head coach Tom Coughlin adamantly denied. Now reports are surfacing that Victor Cruz has publicly questioned the game management of the head coach. That did not set well with at least on team member.
"If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth. And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that." - Justin Tuck
The offense was underwhelming once again. The Redskins offense continued their scoreless 1st quarter streak and only put up 3 points in the first half. That puts their offensive point total at 10 first half points through 4 games.
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Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)
Philadelphia Eagles 20
- The vaunted Chip Kelly offense is still struggling to put points on the board, especially in the red zone, and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur knows why. They keep shooting themselves in the foot.
"Well, I think we need to score more points. Certainly, when we’re in the red zone we want touchdowns. … When I looked at what we’ve done in the red zone, we’ve kind of stopped ourselves in some areas. You get a bad play or two down there and then you put yourself in a third-and-long situation. We need to be more efficient there on all our downs in the red area." - Pat Shurmur
- Also having issues is the Philly defense. As the folks over at BGN are lamenting, the defense has no identity. Is it a 3-4? Maybe a 4-3? Strangely nobody really knows if there is a base scheme at all. Heck, the fans are wondering if there is even a scheme at all.
The closest thing to an identity I can infer is a defense driven by the strengths of its personnel, a defense that can be amoebic , capable of morphing from scheme to scheme in order to confuse and attack opposing offenses. Instead what we have is an absence of purpose and intent, a flirtation with "3-4" and "4-3 under" schemes, experiments with defensive ends playing linebacker, and odd personnel decisions (Free Curry!). Through four games, Billy Davis’ product is on pace to be not just bad, but historically bad. And I can’t help but think it’s because the defense lacks an overarching identity. - James Keane, Bleeding Green Nation
- In a piece for Philly.com, our friend Jimmy Kempski quoted some interesting stats that will brighten your day.
The Eagles are allowing 34.5 points per game. The only team that has allowed more is the Giants, who have allowed 36.5. The Eagles are on pace to give up 552 points this season. The legendary 1981 Colts gave up 533 points, the most in NFL history.
The 2000 Ravens gave up 165 points that entire season. That is 27 more points than the Eagles have given up after just 4 games.
Thanks for making us feel a little better, Jimmy.
- Perhaps a bit of good news for those who follow the feathered flock; at least they can drown their sorrows while showing support for their team.
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- The Washington Redskins will have a bye this week, which will allow their players returning from a time out an additional week to get ready to face the Cowboys in week six.
- Philadelphia will head to the Big Apple to square off against the Giants in what will be the second divisional game for both teams.