This NFC East matchup is usually one of the premier games of the weekend. With one team coming off a 17-3 loss and the other just getting their first win to improve to 1-6 this game has lost a lot of its luster. The Giants hadn’t looked good all season and didn’t play particularly well in their win against the Vikings. It just happens that the Vikings played one of the worst offensive games the NFL has seen in years. Newly signed Peyton Hillis replaced and injured David Wilson and Brandon Jacobs and only managed 36 yards on the ground, although he did find the end zone. It looks like the Eagles are going back to Michael Vick as their starting quarterback after Nick Foles suffered a concussion last week and 3rd string quarterback Matt Barkley threw 3 interceptions in relief. Vick has always dominated the Giants regardless of what team he has been on and the Giants defense has been susceptible to giving up big plays in the passing game.
The Eagles are coming of their worst game of the season in which they only managed a field goal. The good news is that the defense was able to hold the high-powered Cowboys offense to only 17 points. The transition from Andy Reid and his traditional West Coast offense to the spread attack of Chip Kelly has not gone as smooth as the team had hoped. They really have not gotten into an offensive rhythm since the first half of week one. They have fallen to 3-4 and will find themselves only win above the Giants if they are unable to win this week. LeSean McCoy was held to 53 yards on 18 carries against Dallas. The Giants have done a good job against the run in recent weeks and if they manage to contain McCoy the Eagles offense will struggle. The return of Vick is likely to help McCoy because he is much more of a threat when running the read option. Vick has to be accounted for as a runner much more than Foles or Barkley.
The good news is that the Giants finally got their first win last week after starting the season with 6 straight losses. The bad news is that did not look good in doing so. Eli Manning managed to not throw an interception for the first time this season, however he threw two passes that should have easily been picked and several others that were potential interceptions. Wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz both dropped easy passes with Cruz dropping a touchdown. Brandon Jacobs and David Wilson will likely be out again this week leaving the ground game to the veteran Hillis and rookie Michael Cox who showed some speed but also showed inexperience in pass protection.
Both of these teams have played some classic games over their long history. Both of these teams are desperate for a win to stay in the playoff hunt. It will come down to defense and decision-making. Tom Coughlan is too good a coach to allow another loss
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