Mike Cozzi at Large with Sports – Monday November 16, 2020

New York Giants 27, Philadelphia Eagles 17

1) In nine career NFC East matchups, Daniel Jones had managed four wins, all of which came against Washington. The 2019 first-rounder’s sharp effort on Sunday finally brought about the good fortune that eluded him in the other divisional contests. Jones led an up-tempo Giants attack that the Eagles struggled to contain en route to an efficient 21-of-28 day for 244 yards. He was unable to log a TD pass, but he did turn a QB keeper into a 30-yard TD run for the game’s first points. He also made timely throws to set up scoring plays. Following a Philly TD that cut N.Y.’s lead to 14-11 in the third quarter, Jones notched back-to-back 25-plus yard completions to Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate that led to three short Wayne Gallman runs for a score. Gallman (18/53/2) and the deceptively quick Jones (9/64/1) anchored another great rushing effort as the Giants (3-7) topped 100 rush yards for a fifth straight week.

New England Patriots 23, Baltimore Ravens 17

1) Having lingered through a four-game losing streak that encompassed October and led off November, the Patriots — and Cam Newton‘s productivity as an NFL starting quarterback — were having their season’s obits penned. And now, almost suddenly, the Patriots are 4-5, having found shelter from the storm of a rainy Sunday night and the aforementioned skid to win two in a row. On this stormy eve, Newton had two total touchdowns and captained the offense to do its part in an upset win. Though it’s difficult to truly judge any offense among such elements, it makes it all the more impressive that Newton and Co. finished without any turnovers. As much as anything that was pivotal and more so when reminded that it wasn’t all that long ago that Newton was benched on a four-turnover Sunday. The outcome gives pause certainly that the Patriots’ NFL-record 11-season streak of making the postseason will be concluded. And how the outcome was achieved — with Newton using his legs and a compliment of short passes coupled with the help of an emerging group of weapons matching an impressive defensive effort — is a reminder that these Pats are not just still alive in the postseason discussion, but also built to do well when the weather is roughest and the calendar turns to right now.


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