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NFC East Roundup: Giants Lose Top CB, Eagles Regress

New York Giants

The Giants may have taken the Bears to the woodshed on Monday night, but they lost an important cog despite their victory. Starting cornerback Terrell Thomas went down in the first half and was lost for the season, this puts the Giants in a huge hole especially since first round draft pick Prince Amukamara is currently hurt. Thomas lead the team in tackles, passes defended, and interceptions last year.

Despite the injury, Jason Pierre-Paul continued to channel his days at South Florida and he’s making a lot of Giants’ fans say Osi Umenwho? Eli Manning left room for improvement, completing only 50% of his passes, but a rejuvenated Brandon Jacobs did look good against a good Bears defense. 

Rookie Watch: Greg Jones continued to impress blocking a punt in the first half that nearly went for a touchdown.  Undrafted Free Agent Mark Herzlich continued to impress with two tackles and an interception.  Also Maryland product Da'Rel Scott was able to go 97 yards on a TD scamper.

Philadelphia Eagles

After an impressive first week of the preseason the Eagles seriously regressed in their second preseason game against the Steelers. Michael Vick was five for twelve and threw three interceptions, and then Vince Young followed that up going five for eight with an interception. Most importantly a blueprint was laid out on how to beat the Eagles. Their front seven is extremely undersized, with their primary weakness being rookie middle linebacker Casey Matthews. The Steelers were able to power thru the small front seven of the Eagles like a knife thru butter.

Unheralded rookie Gerald Jones, out of Tennessee was one of the few bright spots for the Eagles scoring on two touchdown strikes from Mike Kafka.

Dallas Cowboys

Phillip Rivers absolutely ripped the Cowboys secondary apart going eight for eleven for nearly one hundred yards and a touchdown. Although they were missing starters, its clear the Cowboys should of addressed their secondary a lot more this past offseason.

On the bright side for the ‘boys… Tony Romo looked in rhythm, Steven McGee continued to be solid, and youngsters Martellus Bennett and Felix Jones were impressive. As a Redskins homer though, we should be most happy about preseason week one hero Dwayne Harris, who ran his mouth all week and didn’t register a catch in week two of the preseason.