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It took six games [url=]Color Rush Landon Collins Jersey[/url] , but they sent a clear message to the rest of the NFL that they are going to make another run, if their game against the New York Giants on Thursday night was a sign of things to come.The Eagles (3-3) played fast, Carson Wentz spread the ball around and the defense — particularly the front four — made life miserable for Eli Manning and the Giants in a 34-13 win that enabled Philadelphia to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2016."All season long we have been close, we just were not sustaining it," said tight end Zach Ertz, who caught one of Wentz's season-high three touchdown passes. "Hopefully this win sparks us for the rest of the year. Obviously, we are going to look at film and learn how we could be better even, but this is something that we hope we can build some momentum on."The 34 points were a season high for the Eagles, who beat the Giants for the fourth straight time."It's a big win for us," said Wentz, who threw for 278 yards and hit Alshon Jeffery on his other two TD tosses. "NFC East and the conference. It's huge. Being 3-3 is better than 2-4. This is more like who we are. We can build from this."The win put the Eagles into a first place tie with Washington (2-2) in the NFC East with Dallas (2-3) a half game back. The Giants (1-5) are fading fast."Obviously not where we want to be [url=]Youth Sterling Shepard Jersey[/url] ," said Manning, who was sacked four times and hit 13 other times. "I'm not happy about it. I am frustrated like everyone. Obviously, all you can do is worry about the next game."The pressure was the key for the Eagles. It allowed defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to sit back with his linebackers and secondary and kept receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard from making big plays for New York. They were invisible most of the game."We want to get after the passer every week," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "These games are battles. It all comes down to which team gets after the passer. We hit Eli and put him on the ground. That was big."So was winning.Five things were learned from the game:SAQUON BARKLEY: The Giants rookie halfback is carrying the team. The second pick in the draft ran for 130 yards on 13 carries, scoring on a 50-yard run. He caught nine passes for 99, including a tackle-breaking 55-yarder that set up a field goal. That's 229 yards from scrimmage. He has gained at least 100 in all six games, one off the NFL rookie record set by Kansas City's Kareem Hunt last year."Saquon is a beast," said Eagles halfback Corey Clement, who scored on a 1-yard run. "It's hard not to say it. if I was saying anything otherwise, I'd be a hater."QUICK START HELPS: The Eagles got big contributions early. An interception by Kamu Grugier-Hill on the opening series set up Wentz's first touchdown to Jeffery. A 23-yard punt return by DeAndre Carter paved the way for Clement's score. Coming into the game, Philadelphia had scored seven points in the first quarter. They got 14 against New York.MORE ODELL CONTROVERSY: Beckham was frustrated. At one point [url=]Alec Ogletree Jersey[/url] , he head butted a cooling fan on the Giants' sideline. He also left the field one play before halftime with New York lining up for a Hail Mary. Coach Pat Shurmur said he was going to get an IV."I was just trying to get myself fired up," Beckham said.INJURIES: The Eagles' biggest concern has to be left tackle Jason Peters. He left the game with a biceps injury. Backup cornerback Sidney Jones left in the first half with a hamstring injury. The Giants had LB Ray Ray Amstrong (concussion), WR Cody Latimer (hamstring) and CB Antonio Hamilton (illness) leave the game.THE DIFFERENCE: Wentz had an idea what changed for the Eagles"I think more than anything we just stayed ahead of the chains," he said. "I think we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot. And really offensively and defensively we just fed off each other. I think that's something we do so well when we get that rolling and so tonight it was good to get it going."Giants-Jets: 7 things we learned in victory by Giants EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — What did we learn Friday night as the New York Giants defeated the New York Jets 22-16 in NFL preseason action? Let’s take a look.Maybe we should worry about Jonathan StewartThree carries for -7 yards. A costly fumble on first-and-goal at the Jets’ 6-yard line. His best run of the night went for a yard. I have been preaching patience with the 11-year veteran, but he now has 10 preseason carries for -9 yards and now I think it might be time to be alarmed. I turned to someone in the press box Friday night and said Stewart looked like a slow-moving glacier. That’s not a good thing for an NFL running back.Hunter Sharp had a good night ... and a bad oneA week after muffing a punt and fumbling a kickoff, Sharp showed his skills with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown. The play was beautifully blocked, with the finisher a terrific block from Ray-Ray Armstrong. Sharp sealed the touchdown with a perfectly delivered stiff arm to shed the final Jet defender who had a chance to make a play.Unfortunately, as a receiver Sharp had a tough night. He dropped two perfect Eli Manning passes, both of which were third-down throws that would have resulted in first downs. He and Manning also appeared to have a miscommunication on a throw in the end zone, with Sharp breaking to the inside and Manning throwing to the outside.So [url=]4Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey[/url] , a mixed bag. Let’s not put Sharp on the 53-man roster just yet.Hunter Sharp celebrates a punt return touchdown.Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsFirst-team offensive line a mixed bagThere were both good and bad signs from the Giants starting offensive line on Friday night.The good — The pass protection was outstanding. Eli Manning was never sacked in 23 drop backs, was hit only once and was comfortable in the pocket throughout the first half. That’s a big part of why he was able to go 17-of-23 (73.9 percent completion rate) for 188 yards.The bad — The run-blocking was non-existent. Jonathan Stewart (3 carries, -7 yards) and Wayne Gallman (6 carries, 8 yards) combined for 1 solitary yard in their 9 rushing attempts. Stewart’s problems — and there definitely appear to be some — aside there weren’t any holes and there were too many Jets defenders in the backfield.Sam Darnold is going to be good The Jets’ rookie quarterback showed a lot of good things Friday night. He led a game-opening 75-yard touchdown drive, which included a 14-yard run for a first down. He ended his night 8-of-16 for 86 yards and a touchdown, throwing several beautiful touch passes along the way. If Darnold is their Week 1 starter you can bet the Jets will play things a little tight to the vest, but the 21-year-old showed plenty for Jets fans to be excited about.It’s still Kerry Wynn’s worldThe veteran defensive end, outstanding in the first two preseason games, continued his excellent play. He had a sack, two tackles for loss, a quarterback hit and very nearly made a diving interception of a tipped pass.Hey [url=]Eli Manning Jersey[/url] , look what good blocking can do Eli Manning was never sacked. He was hit just once that I can recall. He stood comfortably in the pocket most of the night, not having to move around to find throwing lanes or avoid being pounded. That had to have a lot to do with Manning going 17-of-23 for 188 yards. Take away the drops by Sharp and Manning’s night looks even that much better. Amazing what Manning’s 37-year-old arm can still accomplish when he has time to do it.Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsDave Gettleman must be feeling goodThe Giants general manager, currently in remission in a fight with lymphoma, was at Friday’s game. Gettleman wandered through the press box before the game, looking good and talking to a number of people. He also came through the locker room after the game.Yeah, the Giants hat on his head looked goofy, but it was still good to see that the GM felt good enough deal with the crowds.Remission or not, we know Gettleman’s fight isn’t over. We continue to wish him the best.