Jackson scored his first career rushing touchdown in his debut against the Giants in 2008 and has not slowed down, scoring a total of 5 touchdowns (receiving, rushing and punt returning) in his 8 career games vs. the G-men.
But nothing compares to Jackson’s thrashing of the Giants in both of their match-ups in 2009.
Jackson caught 9 passes for a jaw-dropping 256 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also adding 3 punt returns for a total of 113 yards and an additional touchdown in these two meetings combined.
Arguably the best all around game of his NFL career came in Week 14 of 2009 when Jackson totaled 6 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown, along with an 85-yard punt return touchdown on the Giants’ home turf at the Meadowlands.
It seems that it would be foolish for the Eagles not to put Jackson back at punt returner for this Sunday night contest, as he has always flourished in the punt return game against the Giants (12 returns, 278 yards and 2 touchdowns). Jackson was replaced by rookie WR Damaris Johnson at punt returner this season.
Jackson is off to a relatively unimpressive start so far this year with just 14 catches for 234 yards and no touchdowns, but has shown improvement in route-running and his overall attitude.
If Jackson can show some glimpses of his old-self this Sunday night and put on a vintage performance versus his rival, the Eagles will certainly come away with a win.
And don’t think that QB Michael Vick isn’t aware of Jackson’s success against the Giants, so look for Vick to lay the targets on heavy. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see head coach Andy Reid give Jackson a few rushing attempts in this game, in an effort to kick start his production.
I see this game as a great opportunity for Jackson to put on a huge performance, and get his initially very promising future back on track. It would do wonders in giving him the confidence that he needs to show up every week and carry this team’s group of young wide-outs.
Everything must click on Sunday night for the Eagles to come away with a win against the Giants, with the key to victory being a highly productive evening by DeSean Jackson.
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