The meaning of Sunday’s game between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles has been hotly debated all week in the media and on the radio. Some say that it doesn’t really matter since the division is so weak. Even with a loss, neither team is totally out of the hunt. This may be true in some sense, but don’t think for a second that this doesn’t have meaning.
For the Giants, an 0-5 start would be a nail in the coffin. For the Eagles, doubt and questions would continue to swirl around Chip Kelly and his gameplan in his first year. The Eagles’ players cannot take this game lightly as, like any great rivalry, it will be a fight. If the Eagles come out flat, there are two people who are in danger of losing their jobs.
The special teams’ unit has hurt this group the last two weeks with missed field goals, a blocked punt and lengthy kickoff returns. Henery is missing the consistency he once had and he rarely gets enough length to put his kickoffs out of the end zone. Kickers are not out on the field every play. They have a fairly simple job and they need to be almost perfect to be effective. There is no reason Henery should miss any mid-range kicks. If his poor performance continues and he shanks one this week, don’t be surprised to see the search begin for a veteran on the street.
If this team goes 1-4 and Vick shows the same lack in decision making and performance, Kelly has to pull the trigger and start Nick Foles next week. The Giants are on their third-string corners for this game. The offensive line is facing a decimated defensive line and should not have a problem creating space for LeSean McCoy. Vick can’t turn the ball over here, hold on to it too long or fumble. If he stays in this regression, then move on. We know Vick is not the quarterback of the future here, so let Foles in and see what you have, even if it is for building up trade bait.
If the Eagles do not win on Sunday, it will be time for Kelly to make some necessary and difficult changes to get the spark back and not lose the team and fan base.