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5 Musts for Philadelphia Eagles to Beat New York Giants

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5 Musts for Philadelphia Eagles to Beat New York Giants

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A divisional matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants is always one where records and talent doesn’t exactly matter. The outcome of today’s game will be instrumental in setting up the remainder of the season for the Eagles, and defeating the Giants for a second time this season will be more difficult than it seems.

Seeing a team for the second time is always more challenging because of the small details that are gained from playing the first time. But the emotion that goes along with such a matchup can go a long way to determining which team will come away with the victory.

Chip Kelly and the Eagles desperately need a win if they have any plans of moving forward and challenging the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East division lead. With two winnable games in a row, Philadelphia needs to take care of business at home for the first time in more than a year and get Kelly his first win on home turf. It will prove to be a difficult task, because the Giants are not the same team as they were a few weeks ago when the Eagles beat them.

Although Eli Manning continues to turn the ball over, the Giant defense has made strides, especially this past week holding Adrian Peterson under 30 yards on the ground. His effect on the game was minimal, which is a huge reason why New York was able to secure their first victory. It should be noted that the Eagles have plenty more weapons on offense than the Minnesota Vikings, but employing each of them, coupled together with the rust of Michael Vick, may prove to be problematic.

Kelly will need to find means to get each of his stars involved in the flow of the game and to figure out how to answer the red zone questions which plagued the team with Vick behind center earlier in the year. If the Eagles can do that, support from the defense will be a key, but they are definitely presented with a winnable situation.

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#5 Impact on Special Teams

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Production from the Philadelphia special teams' unit has been a question for much of the season. Expectations beginning the year were high with return man Damaris Johnson a dangerous threat to take on the distance at any time. However, he hasn’t seemed the same since the regular season began, and the Eagles have surrendered returns against them. An impact from the special teams in such an important division matchup would go a long way towards proving that Philadelphia is improving in all aspects of the game and ready to challenge for the division.

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#4 Get DeSean Jackson Involved

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The mystery of DeSean Jackson continues. One week he’s burning defenses and making it look as though he’s untouchable. The next week, he’s nonexistent, as though he weren’t even on the field. The Eagles need to figure out a way to get consistent production from their top receiver, and support from the others may be instrumental in accomplishing it. Philadelphia will need to find routes that work other than the go-route which Jackson has become synonymous with. The Eagles will need another big output from DeSean against New York, which he has proven he can do fairly consistently, in the past.

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#3 Turnovers

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The story of Philadelphia’s success and New York’s demise has been the turnovers. In order for the Eagles to make short work of the Giants, they must win the turnover battle. Forcing Eli Manning into uncomfortable throws and getting to him early will be a key for the day in taking the ball away from the Giants. On the offensive side of the ball, Philadelphia will need to give Vick plenty of support to shake off the rust and avoid the turnover problems which have been a problem of his past.

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#2 LeSean McCoy Success

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Continuing to lead the NFL in rushing, LeSean McCoy is a threat to break open a game at any time, but his inconsistent production of late raises questions. The return of Michael Vick behind center should make him feel more comfortable and open up some lanes that have been missing in the past two and a half weeks. If things are not working on the ground early, it would benefit the Eagles to find a way to get Shady the ball through the air and take advantage of his ability of making tacklers miss in another aspect of the game. A big performance from McCoy would go a long way to locking up the victory and looking forward to making a run at the division.

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#1 Michael Vick’s Health

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Although he will return to the field today, it is still unsure whether Michael Vick will be at 100 percent. He has made it through the week of practice and seems eager to get back behind center, but keeping him healthy for the day and moving forward will be a key to the Eagles having success, especially following the performances last week from his counterparts. The offensive line has been inconsistent after beginning the year as one of the expected strong points. They will need to protect Vick both in the backfield and as he moves around if the Eagles are to handle the New York Giants again and even their record before the day’s end.


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