The Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) are throwing down with the (6-3) New York Giants on Sunday Night Football in an NFC East clash. This is a game that generally would have playoff implications for both squads, but Philadelphia’s recent struggles have all but eliminated them from postseason contention. New York is coming off a tough loss on the road in San Francisco, but still look to keep a good season rolling with a win over an NFC East rival.
Here are five bold predictions for the Eagles vs. Giants SNF game:
5. Michael Vick Will Not See The Field, Even if He is Healthy Come Game Time
Michael Vick broke two of his ribs last week against Arizona, but continued to play and elected not to tell trainers until after the game. Vick did not practice this week, and Andy Reid announce that Vince Young will start if Vick isn’t ready. Although even if Vick is cleared to play with injured ribs, much like Tony Romo was, I doubt that Andy Reid will allow him to go into the bulldozer path that is the Giants defensive line. If Vick were to play in this game, he likely wouldn’t make it out without a more serious injury.
4. The Philadelphia Eagles Will Turn The Ball Over at Least Twice
On the slim chance that Vick does start this game, I still think this will hold true. The Eagles offense has had a really hard time holding onto the ball, and inconsistent play from the offensive line and wide receivers haven’t helped. With Young in the backfield, and DeSean Jackson coming off being benched and Maclin injured, with a tough New York defense, Philadelphia will struggle offensively. Expect at least two serious mistakes, maybe more.
3. Eli Manning Will Throw At Least Two Touchdowns
I dont know what has got into Eli Manning this season, but he looks good. He still does have that incredibly poor decision making from time to time, but for the most part he has been really solid and a big part of the Giants success. Last week was the first time Manning had all of his receivers healthy, but it was against a relentless 49ers defense. This week against a disorganized Philadelphia secondary, Manning should have no trouble finding the endzone.
2. Brandon Jacobs Will Be Bad, as Usual
Philadelphia has struggled containing the run this season, but they have little to worry about with Brandon Jacobs. For the third consecutive week Ahmad Bradshaw did not practice and will likely miss this game, leaving all of the rushes to Jacobs. If this was four years ago I would say that Philadelphia would have a serious concern, but considering that Jacobs is about as consistent as the Eagles linebackers, I don’t think there is much of a chance he will make an impact.
1. LeSean McCoy Will Continue To Roll
If there is one bright spot that I can name on the Eagles, it would be LeSean McCoy. The kid has more heart than the the rest of the team combined. McCoy has a touchdown in every game this season, despite limited carries from the Eagles offense. Every time he gets the ball he is a threat to take it to the house, and is excellent at making defenders miss. The Giants have had a tough time containing McCoy in the past, and I expect to see him get the ball more than usual because Vick won’t be in the backfield.
It pains me to say this as an Eagles fan, but the season is over for Philadelphia. The team had several chances in a row to salvage something and keep in the wildcard hunt, but managed to lose against bad teams like the Cardinals. The problem this week is that the Giants are actually a good team, and they should have no trouble winning this one at home. It’s possible that Philadelphia will turn it up and play really well because it’s a rivalry game, but it’s not likely. Eagles 14 – Giants 27