The rivalry returns. After a disastrous end to the last game, the Giants and Eagles are ready to go at it again. Will it be a more favorable ending for the Giants? Or will it end in disappointment once again? We’ll find out.
OUT: DE Juqua Parker, DE, Daryl Tapp
QUESTIONABLE: QB Michael Vick (but he’s playing)
PROBABLE: S Nate Allen, TE Brent Celek, DE Trent Cole,WR Riley Cooper, TE Clay Harbor, LB Akeem Jordan, T Winston Justice, LB Brian Rolle, CB Asante Samuel, WR Steve Smith, QB Vince Young
OUT: DE Osi Umenyiora, CB Prince Amukamara, WR Mario Manningham
PROBABLE: DT Jimmy Kennedy, TE Travis Beckum, C David Baas
I can’t seem to get a read on the Giants offense. Perhaps inconsistency is the word. They’ll have a few great running plays, then abandon it. They’ll start to move the ball, and then they’ll stall. It’s frustrating to watch. They can seemingly work well on a small field, with good field position. That’s what happened last game. But, ask them to go 80 yards, and it seems too difficult. The Eagles have stellar corners, and the Giants are depleted at receiver. The run game is going to have to step up. Of course, the Eagles know this. They’re going to put eight, nine men in the box, dare the Giants to throw. So, Eli has to be on his game. Hakeem Nicks has to be on his game. Guys like Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, they have to step up. I think incorporating Bradshaw into the passing game is crucial. Screens, things like that to get him in space. The Rams were able to run on the Eagles, and they weren’t really able to run on the Giants. That’s a good sign. You’re going to see a lot of Jacobs and Bradshaw. If they crowd the box, throw over the top. Nicks will probably get double coverage, at least in most cases. That’s why it’s so important that Travis Beckum, Victor Cruz, guys like that step up.
Michael Vick has a concussion, but he’s still playing, and he’s still dangerous. So is LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. A pass rush is huge. The Giants secondary isn’t good enough to stop these guys. Plain and simple. They have a better chance if the pass rush gets going. I wouldn’t mind seeing some blitzes from the linebackers, from the safeties, anything to trip up Vick and the passing game. I think the key to keeping Vick under control is keeping him in the pocket with pressure. You can pressure him, but sometimes that’s when he’s best. He’ll escape up the middle. That’s why Rocky Bernard, Chris Canty need to be huge. The interior of the Eagles offensive line is weak, so exploit that. Stunts, blitzes up the middle. Keep Vick in place, as much as possible. Easier said than done, of course. But when the Giants have kept Vick under control, it’s when they’ve brought the house. Have to do that again. As for Shady McCoy, he’s terrific, and you’re not going to stop him, but with him, you have to, have to get him down at first contact. He’s slippery, and he will break off long runs after contact. Get him down.
This is our first look at the “dream team”. They’re 1-1 (although, I think if Vick didn’t get hurt, they win against Atlanta). We know all the components. We know what they can do. This is a rivalry game, They’re going to be pumped up, obviously. I think, first and foremost, can’t be in awe of them. Yes, they’re good, but they’re beatable. Have to be physical with them. Have to get them off their game. Ball control is key. Field position is key. And, as with every game, avoiding penalties. Especially with a team that has the firepower this team has.
The Eagles are a better team. There’s no question about that. I don’t think this will be a blowout. Yes, the Giants are depleted, but the Giants should be prideful. After the way the last game ended, the Giants should come out with both guns blazing. Still, the Eagles are a much better team, and I think the Giants just don’t have enough weapons to take this one. FINAL SCORE: Eagles 28, Giants 17
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