On Sunday night the Giants and the Eagles will face off in a battle for supremacy in the NFC East. The Eagles were listed as the division’s favorites during the preseason while the Giants were a team of mystery that was coming into the season with a major roster overhaul and a completely new offensive system. The Eagles offensive system is what makes them different from most teams, they play at a frantic pace that wears defenses put as the game goes on. The Eagles have gone through scoring droughts but are more than capable of scoring points in bunches. The defense has been subpar thus far, however they had 3 defensive touchdowns in one game recently so they are capable of making the big play. The Giants started the season at 0-2 and many people questioned whether or not Eli Manning was still a capable NFL quarterback which is and was preposterous considering he is still relatively young for a quarterback and is a 2 time Superbowl champion. 3 games and 3 wins later and manning appears to have figured out an offense that seem to be tailor fit to his skill set. A win by the Giants on Sunday night and they would wake up on Monday morning tied for first place in the division.
The Giants have scored 105 points during the recent 3 game winning streak. Manning is completing over 70 percent of his passes and he spreads them out as evidenced by the fact that 5 different receivers have at least 10 catches. They have also been boosted by last weeks debut of rookie first round pick Odell Beckham who made an immediate impact while scoring a touchdown in his first game. His ability to gain yards after the catch are a perfect match to the teams quick passing offense. The teams running game has been strong all season long and starter Rashard Jennings was amongst the league leaders before spraining his knee last week and being lost for several weeks. It will be up to impressive rookie Andre Williams and veteran Peyon Hillis to pick up the slack. The defense is being led by an emerging Jason Pierre-Paul who is finally rounding into form after having major back surgery two seasons ago. His return to form and a revamped secondary have helped lead the resurgence.
The biggest surprise in Philadelphia has been the disappointing season of star running back LeSean McCoy who is 15th in the league in rushing after leading the league last season. The offense has been impressive at times and at other times has been all out awful. They have found themselves trailing by more than double figures in the majority of their games and will need to find some consistency if they want to hold onto first place in the division. Quarterback Nick Foles has taken a slight step back after last years blistering performance and will need to avoid turnovers so they can keep their offense on the field.
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