All right let’s do a unit by unit comparison of the Giants and Eagles to see who has the advantage this weekend.
Names that are colored are from the team with the advantage.
Donovan McNabb vs Eli manning.
Let’s face it both team’s quarterbacks have slaughtered bad competition and both have played poorly against good competiton (like the Saints). Donovan McNabb did not play vs the Saints, but he did play poorly vs the Raiders.
McNabb will also put up better numbers than Eli-the Eagles are built to pass, and both are winners. Both are franchise Quarterbacks. I like Eli more, but he’s been playing poorly.
Brandon Jacobs, Bradshaw, Johnson, Ware vs (Westbrook), McCoy, Buckley
The New York Giants have the advantage at running back especially if Westrbook doesn’t play. Both Jacobs and Westbrook have injury histories, but Jacobs is healthy now. He’s also averaged over 4.0 yards per carry his last two games and seems to be picking up steam.
Bradshaw is right now better than LeSean McCoy although I have seen both miss in pass protection. The Eagles might use Buckley the Giants won’t use Ware or Johnson unless the game is a blow out.
Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon (…) vs DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant Kevin Curtis
The Eagles are more explosive at their starting wide recieve rpositions. The Giants have more versatility with their wide receivers.
The Eagles third leading WR is Jason Avant with 11 catches, Kevin Curtis (hurt) and Reggie Brown have 5 catches on the season between them with no touchdowns. The Giants third leading Wide receiver is Hakeem Nicks (16 catches 4 Touchdowns). Domenik Hixon, Sinorice Moss, and Derek Hagan have combined for 10 catches and a touchdown. Giants are deeper at Wide Receiver.
Kevin Boss, Travis Beckum Darcey Johnson vs Brent Celek, Alex Smith, Cornelius Ingram (IR)
I’d probably rather have the three tight ends, but the Eagles spread out so much they rarely ever use two tight ends. Neither team has a great run blocking second tight end and Celek is clearly out performing Kevin Boss. 33 receptions and 2 touchdowns to Boss 14 receptions and no touchdowns in one less game.
Diehl, Suebert, Ohara, Snee, McKenzie (beatty) vs Peters, Cole, Jackson, Jean-Giles, Justice
Peters is overrated. The Eagles have let McNabb get sacked 12 times in the few games he’s played 6 by the Raiders. And they have never been great at blocking for third and short.
The Giants o-line isn’t playing great this year and are a bit knicked up but are the better unit.
Umeinoyora, Kiwianuka, Tuck, Coefield, Bernard, Robbins, Tollefson vs Cole, Bunkley, Patterson, Abiamari, Howard, Jason Babin T. Laws
I’d take a healthy defensive Giants line over a healthy Eagles defensive line.
But facts are facts, playing mostly the same competition the Eagles Defensive Ends have 14 sacks. The Giants entire defense has 16 sacks even though they have played one more game. The Eagles defensive line has played better this year.
I think Alford and Canty, who very well may be the starting Defensive tackles moving into the next four years absences really, really hurt.
Danny Clark, Antonio Pierce, Chase Blackburn, Sintim, Kehl, Wilkinson. Vs Injured Reserve.
The Giants linebackers are arguably one of the worst units of the team, if not THE worst. And perhaps one of the less talented linebacking corps in the league.
With that being said the Eagles have injuries all up and down their linebacking corps. They had to trade for Will Witherspoon (maybe the Giants should have made a trade for a safety?) and will probably play Chris Gocnog, and Tracy White at Linebacker. The better fully healthy unit is the Eagles, although with Boley and if Clint Sintim is what we hope he is that could change next year.
Webster, Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Kevin Dockery. Michael Johnson, C.C. Brown VS Asante Samuel, Sheldown Brown, J. Hanson, Ellis Hobbs, Macho Harris, Quentin Mikell, Sean Jones (via Cleveland), Quentin Demps.
No Contest as of right now.
Again injuries make a big difference. I think Samuel and Webster are near even. Samuel gambels more makes more big plays gives up more big plays. Sheldown Brown is arguably a number 1A type corner. Ellis Hobbs is nice in the return game as well. Mikell is a player.
Now if the Giants had Aaron Ross and Kenny Phillips the teams secondaries match up pretty evenly, but C.C. Brown is not good. Terrell Thomas makes young s tupid mistakes. Kevin Dockery still looks a bit out of football shape.
Tynes, Feagles, Hixon Vs Akers, Rocca, Jackson/Hobbs/Maclin
Akers is the better kicker. Feagles is the better punter (minus last weeks abysmal performance) Hixon vs Jackson/Hobbs/Maclin is pretty even.
Everyone one of those guys on both teams can take one back to the house at any given time. I mean Hixon is still averaging nearly 29 yards a kick return. And Jackson has taken one punt return back to the house already.
I would be suprised if we did NOT see a big return from one or both of these teams this weekend.
Coughlin, KillDrive, Sheridan, vs Reid, McDermot
Toss up. Reid is a good coach.
I proposed this question the other day. Does Reid do more with less or less with more?
It has to be one of the two. Either he’s had some great teams that couldn’t finish it home or he’s had average teams and they’ve played above their level?
I’m not sure.
Coughlin is the best in the league at challenges (look it up). Bill Sheridan is no Spags, but the Eagles offense has performed very average for most of the year.
If you add up all the Giants better units vs the Eagles better units
Giants: Running back, Wide Recievers, Offensive line, linebackers vs the Eagles better units. Tight Ends, Defensive line, secondary, Special teams.
It seems pretty even.
This game will come down to who coaches better and which quarterback plays better.
Should be a good game.
I think the Giants are the better overall team when healthy. But they are not healthy and they are struggling.
Have a nice day, everyone.