All it took was a division game against the Giants for the Eagles to look like a Super Bowl contender again. At the half, the Birds are leading New York, 24-6. Here's what we saw in the first half of action:
The Eagles don't have much to tweak during intermission after a dominant first half. The defensive line is making life miserable for Manning and the offense is moving the ball fairly easily. As long as Wentz takes care of the ball and the defense doesn't allow big plays to Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, this should be a relatively easy half of football.
Second Half X-Factor: Jordan Hicks
The Eagles' middle linebacker did tip a pass that resulted in an interception, but the Birds' biggest issue on defense–outside of ridiculous roughing the passer penalties–is stopping Barkley. Obviously, that is easier said than done, but if Hicks can occupy the middle of the defense and limit the Penn State product's big plays, it'll make life a lot easier on the rest of the defense.