Eagles-Giants Pregame ThoughtsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Sunday’s game is a potential turning point for the 2013 Eagles.
Its a game that the Eagles almost have to have.
Consider the consequences of either a win or a loss in this game.
If the Eagles win, they can put the ugly three-game losing streak behind them. They can build off of their second division victory, and the fact that it would have come on the road against a desperate team would be all the more impactful. The Eagles could also find themselves in sole possession of first place by the end of the day with the Dallas Cowboys matched up against the Denver Broncos this week. The stage would be set for the Eagles to go on a run and rip off a couple more victories with a pretty easy schedule lying ahead of them in the coming weeks.
If the Eagles lose, they could have some big problems on their hands. They’d be looking at four consecutive losses, and another poor effort against a team that has looked as bad as the 0-4 Giants could do a lot of harm to this team’s psyche.
We could learn a lot about this team after this game.
How The Giants Can Beat The Eagles
Tom Coughlin is a good coach, and the Giants still have some explosive offensive pieces in place that are due to go off. Against a defense this bad, this could be the matchup that Eli Manning needs to get himself right, especially with how badly the Eagles have been torched by slot receivers. Eddie Royal, Donnie Avery, and Wes Welker have lit them up in the last three weeks, and Victor Cruz could very well be next in line for a big game.
Running back David Wilson has been in and out of Tom Coughlin’s doghouse, but the Giants finally appear a little more willing to trust him with a heavier workload. They’ve released his top backup Da’Rel Scott, and with only veteran Brandon Jacobs remaining in the fold, the opportunity is going to be there for the talented second-year man to finally breakout against a defense that has been unable to contain opposing running backs.
For the Giants, the key is going to be protecting the football. Through the first four games, they’ve been turning the ball over four times a game, which is an easy recipe for disaster.
The Giants’ offensive line has struggled to protect Manning and allow their deep passing routes to develop, but they’ll get a good matchup against an Eagles defense that struggles to generate any kind of pass rush. If the New York offensive line wins the battles with the Eagles up front, the potential is there for Manning to have a huge day against one of the worst secondaries in football.
Why The Eagles Will Win
It’s time for Chip Kelly’s offense to breakout and have a big game, and the opportunity will be there to run up the score on a Giants defense that has given up an average of 36.5 points per game this season.
Lost amongst the chaos of the loss in Denver was the fact that Michael Vick did a great job protecting the football, resisting the urge to force throws into coverage like he did against the Chiefs. As long as Vick continues to protect the ball and see the field well, he should see plenty of opportunities for big plays against the New York defense.
As bad as the Eagles defense has been, they’re going to have plenty of chances for turnovers against the mistake-prone New York offense. An extra possession or two for the offense could prove to be the difference in the game.
Sooner or later, the New York Giants are going to wake up, play better, and win a game…I can’t see them going through through three straight blowout losses. Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning have accomplished too much together over the last five years to ever be disregarded and written off.
Being the desperate team at home, I think the Giants are going to be ready to give the Eagles their best shot. However, their best efforts might not be enough. This New York team has a great deal of flaws and problems, and they haven’t proven that they can beat anybody yet.
I think the Eagles’ offense enjoys a bit of a resurgence now that they’re matched up with a defense that is just as bad as Washington and San Diego, and the Eagles finally notch their second win of the season.
Pick: Philadelphia 31, New York 27
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