One of the NFL’s top rivalries will be renewed Sunday Night when the New York Giants travel to Lincoln Financial Field to face off with the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams enter this game with 2-1 records so the winner will have the lead in the NFC East after the first quarter of the season. Let’s take a look at some factors that could determine the winner in this one.
The Giants offense is firing on all cylinders so far this season averaging 426 yards of total offense (3rd in NFL), 325.7 passing yards (2nd in NFL) and 31.3 points (tied for 2nd in NFL) per game. Eli Manning leads the NFL in passing yards with 1,011 yards and will look to0 carve up the Eagles secondary who has given up just 172.7 passing yards for game which is third in the NFL. The Giants offense will be getting Ahmad Bradshaw back this week following him missing last week due to a neck injury and he should be able to keep the Philadelphia defense off-balance.
The Giants defense will have to continue to effectively stop the run (10th in the NFL with 94 rushing yards allowed per game) if they want to come out victorious in this contest. If the New York defense can stop LeSean McCoy (58 carries for 261 yards and a touchdown) then they have a great shot a winning due to the fact that Michael Vick (6 interceptions and a fumble so far this season) has been a human turnover so far this season and should be able to stop himself.
The Eagles will need Vick to be much more efficient this week if they want to earn the victory this week against their long time rivals. Vick, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson must find away to expose a Giants defense that can be vulnerable against the pass (261.7 pass yards allowed which is tied for 22nd in the NFL) in order to get the win.
I like the Giants in this one due to the fact that I just don’t trust Vick to hold onto the football; New York 31, Philadelphia 24.