The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense was firing on all cylinders in the team’s 38-7 beatdown of the New York Giants.

The Birds’ secondary was flying all over the place. Former Giant James Bradberry got his revenge in the form of an interception on Daniel Jones.

The pass rush was getting home as well, sacking Jones a total of five times. The defensive front also managed to hold Saquon Barkley to just 61 rushing yards.

There was one missing link from the Eagles’ magnificent outing. That would be the team’s slot corner, Avonte Maddox.

Maddox hasn’t played since Week 16 after suffering a significant toe injury. In Monday’s media availability, head coach Nick Sirianni addressed Maddox’s current health status.

“We’ll see, Sirianni said. “We’re hopeful, but he’s still got to get out there and run on the field and do drills. It’s not something that we know quite yet because there’s some unknown of some of the football movements that he has to go out there and do. We’ll have more for you this week on that.”

The Eagles secondary will be tasked with slowing down a dynamic group of pass catchers when the 49ers roll into town. It takes an army to contain the likes of Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle, and Christian McCaffrey.

Speed is such an important element in defending the slot. If Maddox is able to make strides at practice this week, Philadelphia would have one extra defender to help stifle the 49ers’ passing game led by rookie sensation Brock Purdy.

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