EAST RUTHERFORD - The Eagles turned the clock back to last season on Thursday night.
They played like the team that won Super Bowl LII, dominating the New York Giants from the outset en route to a 34-13 victory at MetLife Stadium.
The Eagles (3-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive performance. It was easily their best effort of the season, suggesting that they could wind up among the top teams in the NFC.
"This win was huge for us," Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said. "Being 3-3 is a heck of a lot better than 2-4."
The Giants (1-5) had to be content with a terrific display by rookie running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries and also had 99 receiving yards on nine receptions.
Aside from Barkley, however, the Giants had no answer for the Eagles. By the end of the third quarter, fans began filing out of the stadium. Those that remained booed.
The Eagles got off to their fastest start of the season, jumping to a 24-6 halftime lead.
The 24 points were easily their best first-half total of the season, topping the 10 they scored against Indianapolis and Tennessee, respectively.
They scored 14 points in the first quarter after managing just seven total points in the opening period of the first five games.
"Putting points on the board early was huge," Wentz said. "It's always big for us to get an early lead."
The Eagles moved the ball behind a balanced attack. Wentz had another impressive game, completing 26 of 36 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Jeffery celebrated his second TD in the third quarter by tossing the football to an Eagles' fan wearing a No. 48 Wes Hopkins jersey while his buddies cheered and hugged him. Hopkins passed away earlier this month.
Coach Doug Pederson also relied on the running game.
Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood combined to rush for 90 yards and a TD on 28 carries. Smallwood had 47 yards on 17 carries while Clement added 43 yards on 11 carries and three receptions for 26 yards.
"Running the ball allowed us to control the game once we got the lead," Clement said. "As the game went on, we got more confident and I got the chance to show my explosiveness."
That was enough to offset Barkley, who had a 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, a 46-yard run in the first and a 55-yard gain on a screen pass in which he broke a half dozen tackles.
Other than Barkley's exploits, the Eagles' defense played well, collecting four sacks against Giants quarterback Eli Manning and forcing a turnover.
"He's really a raw talent," Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks said of Barkley. "There were a couple of times when he just outran our defense. And he's got power and agility. But other than a few big plays, he didn't hurt us."
The win gave the Eagles a 1-0 record in the NFC East and left them tied with Washington (2-2) for first place in the division.
Most importantly, it gave them confidence.
"We showed the type of team we can be when we're playing up to our potential," Eagles tight end Zach Ertz said. "Now we're 3-3 and we've got the rest of the season in front of us to build off that."