It’s once again a big game for the Eagles this week as they try to stay relevant in the NFC East race. After last weeks lose to the Cowboys the Birds will need to pull out a win at home versus the NY Giants. The Eagles are 0-9 in their last nine home games. Their inability to protect the home turf has worn on Eagles fans as the stadium isn’t as rowdy as Eagles Nation are accustomed to. This falls on in large part to the poor play over the past three seasons from this team as fans find it rather pointless to get hyped up for an up-and-down roller coaster season.
The Giants enter this game coming off of their first win on the 2013 season against the Minnesota Vikings. However it was the Vikings who are also a very bad team so it is tough to gauge if the Giants have indeed turned anything around yet. It is also worth pointing out that the Giants are a second half team and are also a streaky one too.
Eli Manning has played the worst he has every played to this point in his career this far into the season. If Eli is able to turn on a switch and play like the Manning we’ve seen tear apart our secondary then this will certainly be a long game. The weapons are still there for him to use with Cruz, Nicks, and Randle but he will need time from his poor offensive line.
Along with the teams struggles it should be noted that they are heavily injured on defense which certainly plays a part in the teams 1-and-6 record. They haven’t gotten the pass rush dominance out of Pierre-Paul and Tuck and the rest of the D-line that used to have other teams afraid of which puts even more pressure on the injury riddled secondary.
As mentioned before the Eagles are coming off a terrible lose to the Cowboys that had the NFC East lead on the line. The offense, lead by Nick Foles, fell flat on their faces. Well this week with Foles out with a concussion and his bad performance the Eagles will give the keys to the offense to Michael Vick who is still not 100% from his injured hamstring. Interestingly enough Vick injured his hamstring against the Giants, his last game played.
The Giants are going to try and do the same thing they did in game one and that is jumping on LeSean McCoy and forcing Vick to run because they know that his health is a liability. In order for the Eagles to avoid this they are going to need better blocking up front from the guards Mathis, Herremans and from center Jason Kelce. Those three guys can’t allow penetration from the NY Giants DT’s.
On defense getting pressure on Eli will be essential to not letting him get into a rhythm. As we all know Eli is prone to throwing interceptions. In the last game the Giants attacked deep and over the seems and were somewhat successful early. With the addition of Peyton Hillis and his spell f Brandon Jacobs the Eagles defenders will have to prepare for a more down hill and physical play in the running game. Gang tackling will be key too.
I am almost glad the Giants got their win last week and aren’t coming into the Linc with the motivation just to get their first win against us but this is a divisional game and I don’t expect it to be an easy game for the Eagles. Vick will undoubtedly need to make plays for us to come out with a win but the unknown is how far can he push it with the injured hamstring? i think the Eagles will win but it will be closer than most expect. DeSean Jackson will have a bounce back game as there is no one in that Giants secondary that can cover him.
Eagles 20-17 Giants