Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
PHILADELPHIA -- Maybe the Giants really are this bad. I just saw their co-owner, John Mara, wandering around the media dining area with a baffled look on his face. And I'm sure that's how coach Tom Coughlin feels following his team's 40-17 beatdown at the hands of the Eagles.
This sets up a huge battle next Sunday night between the 5-2 Cowboys and 5-2 Eagles. On Sunday, the Eagles quickly broke the Giants' spirit with a 41-yard touchdown run from Leonard Weaver with 13:35 left in the first quarter. Then Giants quarterback Eli Manning removed all doubt as to the outcome with a pair of awful throws in the first half. On the Giants' third play from scrimmage, Manning threw a ball directly to Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel, who was blanketing rookie tight end Travis Beckum. The Eagles scored three plays later on a 17-yard touchdown catch by Brent Celek to take a 13-0 lead.
The Giants now have a three-game losing streak and they can't have any confidence at this point. Just like Drew Brees did a few weeks ago, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb embarrassed the Giants' secondary. He was 17-of-23 for 240 yards and three touchdowns -- and most of that damage came in the first half. Second-year wide receiver DeSean Jackson continues to shred opposing defenses. He raced right past Giants cornerback Corey Webster on a 54-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. Safety C.C. Brown reacted way too slowly to the play and Jackson coasted into the end zone.
He's emerged as one of the most potent weapons in the league, and the Giants don't have anyone with the athleticism to keep up with him. We can keep talking about injured Giants players all we want, but at some point you have to get the job done with who's on the field.
But right now, Manning's playing too poorly for his team to have any chance to win. OK, I'll have a full game column in a few hours.