Philadelphia rookies secured Giants victory.

On Christmas, the Eagles upset the Giants in a close game to end their losing streak. The Eagles' young players showed promise despite some frustrating times on both sides of the ball.

Another calm day for Jalen Carter. Despite a few pressures rushing the passer, he struggled as a run defender. Matt Patricia seems to desire Fletcher Cox, Jordan Davis, or Milton Williams on early downs. This may be preferable in the long run to keep the rookie healthy for the playoffs, but Carter's run defense is no longer reliable. The Eagles' defense suffered from Carter's penalty, which turned a 4th-and-4 punt into a first down. The Giants were questionably flagged for a false start.

C+ Jalen Carter

Linebacker injuries forced Nolan Smith to play off-ball linebacker in subpackages. He had trouble breaking down and making tackles from that position, but his agility helped him get to the ball. Smith produced some good edge plays and hustle tackles. His development into an intriguing Eagles defense role player is gradual.

Nolan Smith: B

Sydney Brown is still used in many ways and plays hard every snap. He stopped the Giants on fourth and one with a great coverage play. He was penalized for a clumsy tackle that smacked a sliding Giants quarterback in the head. Not intentional, but that flag is always thrown, and it erased an offensive holding call that would have put the Giants back at 1st-and-20.

Sydney Brown: B

I salute Kelee Ringo. Ringo, who was on special teams until earlier this month, has played well as an outside cornerback in two games. Ringo can cover anyone and tackle fearlessly. He had some impressive hits in the Giants game. Defending a beautiful pass later in the game and intercepting the game-winning ball in the end zone were Ringo's best plays. Ringo has helped a secondary that has battled to find solutions. When Darius Slay returns, he and Ringo should start outside.

Kelee Ringo: A+

Ricks alternates between slot and outside play. After a tough midseason, he's played well. Ricks' role in the defense when Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox return will be intriguing.

Eli Ricks: B

The Eagles started UDFA Ben VanSumeren at inside linebacker in a must-win game after he hadn't played defense all year. Few big plays got past VanSumeren. He was raw and got beat to the outside on some plays, but he wasn't a liability. 

Ben Sumeren: B

After seeing a screen to Saquon Barkley, VanSumeren bottled up the outstanding runner for a two-yard loss. The Eagles shouldn't need VanSumeren much this season, but he played four decent quarters.

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