This weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles will match up, for the second time this season, with the division rival New York Giants. Although the rivalry is not as heated this year as it’s been in the past due to both teams’ performance thus far, there is always something special about the teams playing one another.
In New York’s case, they’re just trying to get back on track and put themselves in the win column again. The season is all but over for them unless they run the table, which is highly unlikely with the likes of the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks still to come on their schedule.
Philadelphia, on the other hand, stands just a game back of the division lead and has enough winnable games still remaining on their schedule to make a play for the NFC East title. Beginning this week and continuing with the Oakland Raiders in Week 9, the Eagles need to take care of the business and hope for some help.
The Eagles are clearly capable of controlling the play and producing another victory against a very poor Giants team. The quarterback will be the biggest question heading into the matchup and could make all the difference in the end.
If Michael Vick is healthy enough to play, Philadelphia should ride the option-based offense and take advantage of an older and less potent New York defense. They could then set their sights on being an above-average team for the first time since Week 1 when they take on Oakland.
Taking it one game at a time will be important as the season continues to wear on and opportunities for improvement present themselves, but if the Eagles can stay focused on each task at hand as it arises, they have a chance to make something out of Chip Kelly‘s first season at the helm and make games meaningful at the end of the season once again.