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Game 13 preview
Monday Dec 9, 8:15 PM - Giants at Eagles

Giants (2-10) Eagles (5-7)
A week ago the Eagles had a chance to be tied with the Cowboys for the lead in the NFC East. They were up 28-14 in Miami, and then let the Dolphins come back with 3 touchdowns and a field goal to hand them a 37-31 loss.
Last Sunday the Giants hosted the Green Bay Packers in MetLife Stadium. The score was close going into the fourth quarter, but Green Bay pulled away. The Giants dropped their eighth straight game with a 31-13 loss to the Packers.

Philadelphia Eagles
In 2017 the Eagles won the NFC East division with a 13-3 record and went on to become the Super Bowl Champions. In 2018 they were in the playoffs as a 9-7 wild card team, and they beat Chicago before losing out to New Orleans the following week. This year the Eagles are a 5-7 team, coming into this game hoping to end a 3 game losing streak. Their four remaining games are all against teams in the same division, first with the Giants, then at Washington, before hosting the Cowboys, and playing in the final game at MetLife stadium with the Giants.

Philadelphia Eagles Offense
Carson Wentz hasn't been playing at his best this year, but he is working behind a solid offensive line that can buy him time to connect with his receivers. If that doesn't hold up, Wentz is elusive enough to make plays on the run. His favorite target is, same as last year tight end Zach Ertz, who caught 116 passes, the most ever by a tight end in the NFL. Ertz currently leads the team with 70 catches for 736 yards, and he has 3 touchdowns. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is second with 43 catches for 490 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Running backs
Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders, have had nearly the same amount of carries and nearly the same amount of yards. Howard has 119 for 525 yards, and Sanders 116 for for 520 yards. Howard has more rushing touchdowns with 6 to Sanders 1, but Sanders is the fourth leading receiver on the team, behind Nelson Agholor with 32 catches and 2 touchdowns. Howard has missed the last three games, and will be out for this one as well. Jay Ajayi is back on the field after a long layoff, and has played in the last two games.

Philadelphia Eagles Defense
The Eagles defense is very strong up front, but they have a weak secondary. If the Giants offensive line can hold them off, Eli Manning should be able to connect with his receivers, if he's not too rusty after sitting out 10 games. They are however, not an easy group to hold off. Brandon Graham (7.5 sacks) and Fletcher Cox (3.5 sacks) are very good at bringing strong pressure, along with the rest of the players the Eagles rotate in and out. Manning will have his focus on getting the ball out fast to Sterling Shepard or Golden Tate.
The Eagles rushing defense is even better than it was last year, ranking 7th then, and 4th now. Only two running backs have had over 100 rushing yards against them. In their last two games with the Giants, Saquon Barkley actually did that twice when he broke away with a 50 yard run in the first game, and a 51 yard run in the second. Barkley also caught 16 of 20 passes in those games.

Giants Offense
Eli Manning is back in the quarterback spot, at least for this one game, while Daniel Jones recovers from his high ankle sprain injury. The last time Manning played, going up against the Buffalo Bills, he didn't have Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Golden Tate. Shepard and Slayton were injured, and Tate was on suspension. To make matters worse, the Giants lost Cody Latimer in the second half of that game when he sustained a concussion. Manning is certainly not as athletic as Jones, but his experience at the line of scrimmage, adjusting plays before the snap, is a big factor for this matchup.
Saquon Barkley ran for over 100 yards in the first two games when Manning was the starter. No comparisons can be made on that as you have to realize that Barkley was injured in the very next game. Pat Shurmur stated that Barkley looked to be his best last week since injuring his ankle. Unfortunately for the Giants, tight end Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison have been ruled out once again for this game.

Giants Defense
The run defense has been strong over the last three games, thanks in part to acquiring Leonard Williams in a trade with the Jets, but the Giants still have not yet developed a good pass rush. Carson Wentz should have time to throw downfield and cash in, especially if they continue to make the kinds of coverage mistakes they have made all year in the secondary. Starting safety Jabrill Peppers, acquired in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade with Cleveland, was just placed on injured reserve due to a fracture in his back. Peppers had 3 forced fumbles, and returned 1 interception for a touchdown in 11 games.
Rookie Julian Love has come in and played well. After picking up his first career interception against the Bears two weeks ago, as a starter against Green Bay, he had 7 tackles and a forced fumble. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins has criticized the way he's being used in the secondary where he has not shadowed the top wide receivers. This strategy began just about at the start of the Giants long losing streak. It will be interesting to see if anything changes this week. Corey Ballentine suffered a concussion in last week's loss to the Packers and will miss this game.

The Eagles had to throw away all their notes on Daniel Jones, and fish out their old Eli Manning scrapbook. The November game played last year was also in Philadelphia. It was tied going into the fourth quarter before the Eagles kicked a field goal to win it with a 25-22 score.
The Giants were officially eliminated from the playoffs last week, but the Eagles still have a shot, as the Cowboys are in close reach, having lost in the last three games they've played. The Giants are in the Eagles way right now, and can be big spoilers, as the two teams play once again in the final game of the season.

NFC East Games
Thursday at 4:30pm Cowboys (6-6) at Bears (6-6). - Bears win 26-15, Bears (7-6), Cowboys (6-7).
Sunday at 1:00pm Redskins (3-9) at Packers (9-3).
Monday at 8:15pm Giants (2-10) at Eagles (5-7).
The Cowboys and Eagles were the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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