The 2-1 New York Giants travel down the turnpike to take on the 2-1 Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night at Lincoln Financial field. The Giants schedule this year has been anything but ordinary. They kicked off the season on Wednesday night losing to Dallas, then Sunday afternoon, back to Thursday night, and now a Sunday night game. It has to be hard to get a rhythm going with such an inconsistent schedule. While it’s still early in the season, any division game holds a little more weight than the others. The Eagles have actually won seven of the last eight against the Giants entering Sunday’s contest.
What to look for from the Giants – The Giants come off a dominating performance over the Carolina Panthers winning going away 36-7. Most didn’t give the Giants a chance against Carolina with the short week, travel, and a rash of injuries. Some did have it right. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw returns to field Sunday, but expect Andre Brown to get his share of carries. Brown was magnificent against the Panthers, running for 113 yards and two TD’s. Eli Manning has been impressive early on eclipsing the 1000 yard mark already with five TD passes. Eli will be facing the 5th rated defense that is only allowing 275 ypg. Tackle David Diehl will once again sit this one out, and WR Hakeem Nicks is listed as doubtful. Manning will look to Victor Cruz, Martellus Bennett, and Ramses Barden. Barden had a breakout game against Carolina with nine receptions for 138 yards. The big question will be if the Giants can overcome some of these key injuries for a 2nd week in a row.
What to look for from the Eagles – The Eagles laid an egg last week in Arizona. They were once again plagued by turnovers. Michael Vick’s fumble late in the 2nd quarter returned for a TD by DB James Sanders sealed the fate of the Eagles. The Eagles were dominated and embarrassed from start to finish. Despite the 12 turnovers in the first three games the Eagles are tied for first in the East. If the Eagles can take care of the ball, they’ll make things a lot easier on themselves. The Eagles offense can be explosive, but the turnovers have killed many threatening drives. Look for the turnovers to slow down as no team is going to average four turnovers per game over the course of the year. WR Jeremy Maclin returns to the lineup after sitting out last week in Arizona. The Eagles will honor former safety Brian Dawkins at halftime of the game retiring No. 20.
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Prediction – Everyone seems to be back in love with the Giants this week. That is usually the kiss of death. While Bradshaw returns, the loss of a deep threat in Nicks hurts the Giant offense. Nicks can stretch the defense, and his absence limits the game plan. You should expect the Eagles to bounce back here after that disaster last week. The Eagles are an incredible 18-5 ATS the week after a 21+ point defeat, and they are overdue for a mistake free game. The Giants catch the Eagles at a bad time here, and it won’t be that close of a game.
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