The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 15-7 on Sunday to continue their modest two-game winning streak after starting the season with a disastrous 0-6 record.
Ironically, both teams are still in the hunt for the NFC East title, as the division-leading Dallas Cowboys stumbled to a heartbreaking road loss to the Detroit Lions in the final moments of the game.
Here are five things we learned from the New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles:
Michael Vick Might Have Played His Last Game in 2013
The last time anyone saw Eagles quarterback Michael Vick on a football field, he was stepping out of bounds clenching the back of his left hamstring against the Giants at Metlife Stadium three weeks ago. This injury forced him out of the game and lineup until this week's encounter.
If quarterback Nick Foles hadn't suffered a concussion last week against the Cowboys; maybe Vick isn't pressed into duty this weekend. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket, as Vick threw an interception and fumbled the ball away after being sacked in the Eagles' first two possessions of the game.
Unfortunately, he left the contest after re-injuring his left hamstring again early in the first quarter. The timetable for Vick's return won't be known until after his MRI on Monday.
Someone Had to Win This Week
The Giants and Eagles both came into Sunday's contest looking to end long losing streaks. The Giants were enduring their longest road losing streak since the 1978-79 season, as their last win away from the Meadowlands was at Dallas in Week 8 of last season.
Meanwhile, the Eagles were in a midst of a nine game home losing streak, as their last win inside Lincoln Financial Field was against the Giants in Week 4 of last season. Fortunately for the G-Men, their streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon.
The Giants' Defense Has Arrived
Finally, the Giants' defense has come to play in consecutive weeks, as they gone 10 straight quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown. It's their longest streak since 2005, when they went 15 quarters before a touchdown was scored against them.
Coincidence or not, the improve play began when middle linebacker Jon Beason was inserted into the starting lineup. His performance has been outstanding since being acquired from the Carolina Panthers prior to Week 5.
Beason's presence on the field has allowed others to become confident in their own ability. Slowly, the Giants' defense is regaining their swagger once again and could make life difficult for opponents in the second half of the season.
Matt Barkley is a Struggling Rookie Quarterback
Sunday's game became intriguing for a moment when Vick left the game due to a hamstring injury and rookie quarterback Matt Barkley was inserted into the lineup. He couldn't provide that necessary spark on the field, as the offense looked flat and listless for four quarters. They accumulated just over 200 yards of total offense and never challenged the Giants' defense with a time-consuming drive.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly must simplify his offense that allows Barkley to make quicker decisions with the football, as he has the offensive weapons (running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson) in place to make game-changing plays. Eagles fans must show some patience or Barkley will regress with his development on the field.
Inconsistent Secondary Play
The Eagles' defensive secondary gameplan was to get physical with the talented Giants' receiving corp at the line of scrimmage. Starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher is an aggressive defender, but he lacks the speed necessary to keep wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz in check all game long. The Eagles did a great job of preventing the long ball, as they respected the playmaking ability of quarterback Eli Manning's arm.