Eagles Defense Has Some Challenging Matchups With The GiantsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Thursday, September 27th, 2012
The Eagles defense will have their work cut out for them on Sunday night because the Giants are a threat to run the ball and of course throw the football.
DeMeco Ryans and Run Defense vs. Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown
Amazingly the Eagles led by middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans have been outstanding when it comes to stopping the run, but there have been some breakdowns on certain pass plays and Birds right cornerback Nmandi Asomugha has been at the scene of the crime too many times.
The Giants are sure to test the Eagles run defense with Ahmad Bradshaw returning to action and the surprising contributions of running back Andre Brown. New York will try to keep the Eagles front seven honest with quick hitters up the middle and traps to take advantage of the way the Birds defensive line gets off the ball. New York will sprinkle some runs in their play calling until they go to three and four wide receivers.
Ryans has been very adept at putting the down and distance together with the formation and anticipating when teams are going to run and which runs they’re going to use. I remember talking about him not executing any run throughs where he shoots the gap and gets into the backfield to make a play, he’s been doing it two, three and four times a game.
We’ll see if he and the Birds can make the Giants one-dimensional by shutting down their run game.
Eli Manning Vs. Juan Castillo On Third Downs
Once the Birds get the Giants in passing situations, they’ve got have to deal with one of the best third down quarterbacks in the NFL ,in New York’s Eli Manning. He does a great job with pre-snap reads against blitzes and he’s able to get the football out of his hands before the blitz can get to him.
Juan Castillo doesn’t need to blitz too much, but use it as a change up. When he does blitz, they don’t need to be all out blitzes, but maybe some zone blitzes where you give up a short area rather than going after Manning with no safety help deep. I don’t feel good about the idea of Asomugha running deep with no help.
The front four must be able to get some pressure on Manning without blitzing. Jason Babin, Trent Cole and company need to bring their A-games on Sunday night. If they can pressure and pound Eli without the blitz, it’s going to make Castillo’s job much easier. Manning does make mistakes by throwing interceptions, so the Birds must catch the football when they get the chance. That missed opportunity at the goalline against the Cards really hurt their chances of beating Arizona. They can’t let that happen again.
New York Will Target Asomugha
The Giants are going to avoid messing with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and go after Asomugha and rookie nickel back Brandon Boykin. They’re going to target Nmandi when he gets matched up one-on-one with Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. The veteran cornerback has had trouble with double moves, meaning out and up, as well as stop and go. The former Oakland Raider has a problem when he’s forced to change direction. It seems that he’s not balanced and seems to stop running any time he looks back for the football.
He’s going to see more double moves and he’d better be ready for it. Asomugha has been beaten for numerous big plays and he got a break in the Baltimore game, so the Birds will need to keep a safety over there to help him.
Giants Will Test Rookie Boykin With Cruz
Boykin will be asked to cover wide receiver Victor Cruz in the slot and that’s going to be a handful.Boykin and Cruz will be a great battle with Cruz having a size advantage. He’s 6 foot and 204 pounds, while the rookie is 5’9″ and 189. Both of them have extraordinary jumping ability. Boykin’s toughest challenge will be battling with Cruz for the football when it’s in the air. The Giants receiver has been remarkable with his ability to outfight bigger guys for the football once it’s in the air.
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