Eagles’ move for Michael Bennett makes it even more vital that Giants fix offensive line

The Giants and Eagles both have acknowledged that last fall’s dramatic 27-24 Eagles win over their NFC East rivals in Week 3 in Philadelphia was the key turning point in both of their seasons. Jake Elliott’s 61-yard field goal simultaneously catapulted Philly to a Super Bowl run and buried the Giants permanently in the NFL’s basement.

But Elliott’s field goal, and the preceding 19-yard completion to Alshon Jeffrey through a swiss-cheese secondary effort to set it up, never should have happened. The Eagles shouldn’t even have had the ball.

And yet they did have the ball because of Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers, who had committed consecutive illegal shift and holding penalties matched up one-on-one with Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry. Flowers’ 15 yards of penalties had single-handedly backed up Eli Manning’s game-winning drive attempt from 2nd-and-3 to 2nd-and-18, giving the Eagles the ball back with enough time to end it on their terms, which they most certainly did.

So on Wednesday, the Eagles’ trade with the Seahawks to acquire Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett was bad news for the Giants, no doubt about it. Philly sent a fifth-round pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson and got back Bennett and a seventh-round pick.

While Philly may be trading Curry for cap reasons, with this trade they can attack the Giants next season on

Article source: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/eagles-michael-bennett-deal-vital-giants-fix-o-line-article-1.3862025

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