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Game 11 preview
Sunday Nov 28, 1:00 PM - Eagles at Giants

Giants (3-7) Philadelphia (5-6)
It was a long wait, but on Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles fans got to see their team win their first home game of the season. It was a 40-29 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
On Monday the Giants were in Tampa Bay after coming off their bye week. The long time off didn't help their plans to upset the reigning Super Bowl champs, and the Giants suffered a 30-10 loss.

Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles won the division title in 2019 and seemed to have an edge in the NFC East going into the 2020 season. They were the only team that wasn't undergoing head coaching changes during a COVID-shortened offseason. Head coach Doug Pederson had won a Super Bowl title in his second year, and along with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, had the team in the playoffs in the two years since then. Carson Wentz looked good as well over those three years, averaging 27 touchdowns - 7 interceptions, and a 64 percent completion ratio, the major issue being his durability.
After the Eagles closed out the season with a 4-11-1 record, landing them in last place in the division, all three of them were gone.
Pederson did not help his case, nor did he make the Eagles and the integrity of the NFL look good, with an apparent tanking in his last game to secure better draft picks in 2021.
Nick Sirianni was the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator for two years before signing on as the new head coach for the Eagles. Sirianni was tasked with the Eagles playing the first three home games against teams that have played in the Super Bowl the last two seasons. They were all losses as well as the next with the Chargers, but he delivered a win for the home town fans last week.

Eagles Offense
Jalen Hurts, who was selected in the second round of the draft last year, is the Eagles starting quarterback. In the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, Hurts led the Eagles to a 32-6 victory. Hurts completed 77 percent of his passes, throwing for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns, with no interceptions. That was a great start, and while not expected for any quarterback to continue, the completion percentage of just 59 percent since then is troubling.
Hurts brings another aspect to the offense, as he's the teams leading rusher, averaging 5.4 yards a carry for 618 yards and 8 touchdowns. Miles Sanders is next on the list with 394 yards. Running backs Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, and Kenneth Gainwell have accounted for the teams 9 other rushing touchdowns, each scoring three. Howard is out for this game.
Relying on a running offense, the Eagles have a pretty low average of less than 200 passing yards a game. DeVonta Smith is the top target, and the wide receiver has 46 catches for 664 yards and 4 touchdowns. Tight end Dallas Goedert is a reliable receiver at tight end, with 34 catches for 491 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Eagles Defense
They had to toss out a bunch of notes they've been reviewing on how the Giants have been going about things on offense, considering the change the Giants have made this week. Still, the Giants offensive line has been their weak point all season, and that won't change. Philadelphia's defense ranked third in the NFL with 49 sacks last year, but with just 18 so far, are not at that rate.
Javon Hargrave has 6 of them to lead the team in that area. Fletcher Cox still plays well, but looks to be slowing down. In 2018 he had 10.5 sacks an 34 quarterback hits. In 2019 and 2020 combined, he had 10 sacks and 19 quarterback hits. Currently Cox has just 1 sack.
The defense has allowed a league high 72 percent of passes to be completed, but watch out for cornerback Darius Slay, who leads the team with 3 of their 8 interceptions. Slay has been playing top notch these past two games. Slay returned a fumble recovery 83 yards for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos, and against New Orleans, he ran an interception back 51 yards for a score.

Giants Offense
This week the Giants have moved on from offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, and people are wondering what will change. Freddie Kitchens is in charge right now, and unfortunately is in much the same position Jason Garrett found himself in, trying to deal with all the injuries. Wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard Rudolph, and tight end Kaden Smith, won’t play on Sunday.
Running back Saquon Barkley has been in and out this season, but it's telling that Daniel Jones still has more rushing yards than him. Barkley ran the ball only 6 times last week for 25 yards. Barkley is in his second game back from an ankle injury, and is listed as questionable. Who knows how effective he'll be dealing with things in this or any game for that matter from what we've seen so far. Tight end Kyle Rudolph is doubtful, and John Ross is questionable with a quad injury,
One thing that needs to change for sure will be throwing the ball to Kenny Golladay. He was targeted just twice last week and had one catch for 12 yards, and he had two catches for 28 yards on just three targets in the previous game. Golladay has missed games with a sprained knee, but on the season, 17 of his 20 catches have been for first downs, and he's averaging over 16 yards a catch.

Giants Defense
The run defense had better be ready for what's coming. In the past four games, they have rushed for 236, 176, 216, and 242 yards. They won three of those games, losing one to the Chargers on a last second field goal. Last week Jalen Hurts threw the ball 24 times for only 147 yards, completing just 54.2 percent of his passes, but he also had 18 rushing attempts. Hurts and the rest of his crew ran the ball a total 50 times for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards a carry. The Giants sure could use linebacker Blake Martinez with his tackling skills, but he was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Tae Crowder has stepped up to that spot, and is now the Giants leading tackler. Hurts uses his mobility well and in doing so, hold onto the ball longer than any other quarterback in the league. It still doesn't seem to help him in the passing game. The Giants schemed to limit Patrick Mahomes scrambling for yardage in the Kansas City game. Mahomes couldn't run, but was able to use his mobility in the backfield to complete passes. A scheme like that may work against Hurts. Hurts doesn't yet have those passing skills, and needs to be contained from running and tackled.

Giants fans remember watching the Philadelphia Eagles last game of the 2020 season against Washington, where they suddenly pulled their starting quarterback in the fourth quarter and lost the game. If the Eagles had won, the Giants would have had the division title instead of Washington. Also in the offseason, the Eagles traded up to snatch DeVonta Smith, a wide receiver the Giants were hoping to select.
The Eagles are really looking forward to a win over the Giants, to start off the first of their five games against teams with losing records. The Giants fans would like to see them start that off with a loss, as they celebrate Michael Strahan, who had some of his best games playing against the Eagles. There is no love lost between these two teams, and hopefully the Giants will prevail.

NFC East Games
Thursday at 8:20pm ---- Raiders 36 Cowboys 33.
Sunday at 1:00pm Eagles (5-6) at Giants (3-7).
Monday at 8:15pm Seahawks (3-7) at Washington (4-6).
The Eagles are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.
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