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Sun Oct 27, 1:00 PM - Giants at Eagles

Giants (1-6) vs Eagles (3-4)
Last Sunday the Eagles fought it out with the Dallas Cowboys for the top spot in the NFC East. The Cowboys won out 17-3 in front of the Philly fans who really had nothing much to cheer for. Quarterback Nick Foles left with a head injury and with Michael Vick out due to a hamstring, Matt Barkley came in and threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter.
The Giants played their game on Monday night and managed their first victory of the season. The level of competition was down a few notches with Minnesota fielding a quarterback who had just recently signed on to their team. It was a 27-3 victory and the Giants gave their hometown crowd something to cheer about, the first win of the season.

Philadelphia Eagles.
Nick Foles was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after the Tampa Bay game and looked to be developing into the type of quarterback the Eagles were looking for. The fans were split between Foles and Michael Vick and then last week the Cowboys showed up with guns blazing. Foles was ineffective and knocked out of the game with a concussion. Rookie Matt Barkley came in, threw three interceptions, and they did not score even one touchdown for the first time this season.
The paying fans have seen nine straight losses played out before them. They don't have an idea who their current or future quarterback might be. The last Eagles home victory to enjoy was the one over the Giants back on Sept. 30, 2012. That's the team coming to their town and these fans will be blood thirsty for a win at the first sight of the Giants entering their stadium. They'll be looking to draw blood from their team if the Eagles take another division loss on Sunday.

Eagles offense.
LeSean McCoy, the NFL's leading rusher, was held to 55 yards on 18 carries last week. Some will blame that on Nick Foles, feeling that Michael Vick's scrambling ability makes McCoy much more dangerous. However, if you look at Foles in Tampa Bay, McCoy had one of his better games, rushing for 116 yards and averaging 4.6 yards a carry. McCoy was going nowhere last week and even with Foles tossing him 7 short passes, McCoy accumulated only 26 yards, catching 6 of them.
Whatever the Cowboys had figured out, it wasn't all on Foles and maybe it won't even matter as the Eagles offense will change styles once again with Michael Vick back. The Eagles still lead the league in rushing, averaging 165 yards per game and they rank third in the NFL in total offense. McCoy is their biggest weapon as well as
Vick running the ball for as long as his hamstring holds up. There's no reason to think Vick's passing game will be any better than it usually is. Expect wideout DeSean Jackson to be heavily covered and Riley Cooper and Jason Avant to be available targets at times.

Eagles defense.
They are the last ranked defense in the NFL, giving up an average 412.7 yards a game. The unit is much better protecting against the run than the pass. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis' shift from a 4-3 to a 3-4 has shown to produce good results against the run and that's working well with defensive end Fletcher Cox and linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Three short weeks ago they faced Brandon Jacobs and David Wilson and capped them at 3.1 yards a carry and no catches. Now the defense will set their sights on Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox. Last week, even with their offense struggling, the defense held the Cowboys to 2.8 yards per carry, and they kept pressure on Tony Romo with 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. Linebacker Connor Barwin leads the team with 4.5 sacks, but with the secondary still a work in progress it the pressure drops any up front it will be bombs away against this unit.

Giants offense.
It was asking a lot for Brandon Jacobs to come back out of nowhere and be productive, but he got it going in Chicago. Unfortunately Jacobs suffered a hamstring injury in the process. A good running threat makes things easier for a quarterback and Eli Manning's completion percentage had dropped in every game until Chicago. It improved once again with Peyton Hillis last week as he turned the trick with 18 rushes and 5 catches, assisted by rookie Michael Cox who had 11 rushes and 2 catches and is getting some necessary experience. They didn't gain tons of yardage, but the threat of the run was there and they should be even better this week.
The Manning to Nicks connection has really suffered for some reason. It's hard to believe that just 3 weeks ago playing these Eagles, Nicks was Manning's best receiver, targeted 12 times with 9 catches (75%) for 142 yards while the other receivers caught 13 of 40 (33%). Manning had his worst completion ratio of the season (46.2%) that day, but not because of Nicks.
Now things have flipped. Nicks was targeted 10 times in Monday's game, but he caught just two passes and dropped three others (20%) while the other receivers caught 21 of 29 (72%). Overall the offensive line has improved. The running game looks to be better and if Nicks can do a repeat act on the Eagles secondary coverage like he did last time the Giants will do fine.

Giants defense.
Last week the Cowboys gave the Giants a nice show-and-tell on how to stop the Eagles offense, but with Vick back they'll have to look at their own game tapes from a few weeks ago. They should see what went right and what went wrong and now be in a better position to correct it. Middle linebacker and three-time Pro Bowl player Jon Beason, recently acquired from Carolina, is making a big difference. Last week the unit was able to hold Adrian Peterson to 28 yards rushing on 13 carries and you could say the pass rush improved a step coming up off mediocre.
It's doubtful the Eagles will be running Michael Vick very much from the read option. They can't afford to have Vick knocked out of this game with rookie Matt Barkley as the backup. That means the defense can lean more towards LeSean McCoy on those plays and they did a good job on him last time out. If they bottle up those two, Vick will be looking to tight end Brent Celek to make more plays and passing downfield if allowed the time.

The Giants are the underdogs in this game, but actually both have lost more games than they've won. Chip Kelly's offense was going to shock the NFL, but read-option mobile quarterbacks in the pros get hurt and miss games. All the Eagles problems did not go away when Andy Reid left, he left his problems in Philly. From what he's shown in his new gig at Kansas City, you can do wonders with he right personnel on the field.
The Giants have their own set of problems this season. Why are there so many injuries? Why is the offensive line so bad? Who's up next at running back? What happened to the pass rush? Suddenly Hakeem Nicks can't catch and the special teams unit is not so special. The struggling Giants are coming off a short week and whichever team gets its act together first in this game will be the winner.

NFC East
On Sunday at 1:00pm, at the same time the Giants play the Eagles, the Cowboys (4-3) will be playing in Detroit against the Lions (4-3). Later in the day at 4:25pm the Redskins (2-4) will try to beat the Broncos (6-1). The Eagles and Lions are favored to win in these games. Check out.
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Giants Victor Cruz has 5 touchdowns against the Eagles, the most of any other team.

Giants Hakeem Nicks had 9 catches for 142 yards against the Eagles three weeks ago.

Giants have lost eight straight road games.

Eagles have lost a franchise worst nine straight games at home.

Eagles have had 18 touchdown drives this season and 9 finished in four plays or less.

Eagles lead the NFL with 42 plays covering 20 or more yards, but last week had none.

Eagles have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher.

Eagles Michael Vick is the only NFL. player to have thrown for more than 20,000 yards and rushed for more than 5,000 yards.

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