NFC Game Of The Week
Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) at New York Giants (4-3)
Eagles: The loss last week in Dallas was a tough one especially since they seemed to be in control for most of that game considering they were up by ten points in the fourth quarter. I questioned the play calling late in the game. Overall, the Eagles haven’t looked bad this year. Remember that impressive beatdown they gave the Pittsburgh Steelers in week three? And just close to a few weeks ago, they handed the Minnesota Vikings their first loss of the season. Their losses, on the other hand, have all been nailbiters. The Eagles offense may be struggling to move the ball down the field and score some points but their defense has held its own. They may not be as solid as they once were at the beginning of the season, but they still rank amongst the best in the NFL. They are ranked eighth in points and yards allowed and their front seven is also very much improved.
Giants: I’m lost with them and I say that because whenever it looks as if the Giants are ready to take that next step and build off the success, they struggle but history has shown that the Giants can get hot at the right time, though. During the offseason, they made a major point of emphasis to fix a defense that ranked at the bottom of the league a season ago. While their offense has been struggling despite having three solid receivers in Cruz, Odell, and Sterling Shepard, they have struggled to score points and they haven’t reached the 30 point mark at all this season. The revamped defense, however, has lived up to the hype and has played very well. They are ranked in the top ten in points allowed along with a top ten ranking in rush defense and the opponents passer rating. This always seems to be a thing with the Giants, one side of the ball is better than the other side and if they could balance it out, everything would work out just fine for them.
Eagles Player To Watch– Dorial Green-Beckham: Jordan Matthews is clearly the number one receiver on the Eagles. Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich has done a nice job of getting DGB involved in the offensive gameplan. He’s a 6’6 wide receiver that obviously towers over everyone and he can really be a big time threat on Sunday, especially in the red zone.
Giants Player To Watch– The offensive front: This has been an issue for the Giants over the years and that’s the offensive line not giving Eli Manning enough time to throw from the pocket. With Jim Schwartz coaching the defense that likes to pressure from all angles coming to town, the Giants offensive line will have to protect or it could be a long day for them.
Prediction: All the NFC East showdowns we’ve seen this year have been what you expect it to be. The games come down to the fourth quarter and I’m expecting the same thing once again. Over the years, the Eagles have owned the Giants winning the last four meetings. I like the Giants to win this one. Giants 20 Eagles 17