The New York Giants (1-6) will be heading to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) this Sunday, and it will be a game of streaks. The Giants have not won on the road, nor back-to-back, in 364 days (as of Sunday), while the Eagles have lost nine straight at home. One of those trends will be broken, while the other, obviously, will continue.
For the Giants, they'll get the first second crack at Chip Kelly and his high velocity offense, while the Eagles will look to reach .500 and keep pace in the pitiful NFC East.
Contain LeSean McCoy … again
In recent weeks, the Giants have done a great job against some of the NFL's elite running backs. Last week, they all but shut down Adrian Peterson and had previously held Matt Forte in check. Even before that, in their first game against the Eagles, Big Blue held McCoy to 46 yards on 20 carries (2.3 ypc). They'll need to repeat that feat — likely without Shaun Rogers — to stand any chance at defeating Philadelphia on Sunday.
Spy Michael Vick
The Giants failed to spy Michael Vick in the first game and that decision hurt. As we mentioned in week five, the Giants' best chance to keep Vick in the pocket is with a spy — either Keith Rivers, or more ideally, Jacquian Williams. Both are quick linebackers capable of going sideline-to-sideline in front of the fleet-footed QB. It's worked before and it can work again.
Take what the Eagles give you
Although the Giants gained nearly 400 yards of offense against the Eagles in their first match-up, much of it came in the second and fourth quarters when the Giants were down big. In the first and third quarters, Big Blue seemed to be pressing and trying to force things. That resulted in four turnovers. On Sunday, they'll need to cut down on those turnovers and simply take whatever the Eagles are offering up in both the running and passing games.
Giants front 7 vs. Michael Vick
Prior to leaving with a hamstring injury in week five, Vick was ripping the Giants apart on the ground. He gained 79 yards on only seven rushes (11.3 ypc) and showed no signs of slowing down until he came up gimpy. And while he may not be 100% going into this game, there's no doubt he's going to look to use his legs again. The Giants failed to spy and/or contain him in their first meeting and it cost them. It will be up to the front seven to prevent that from happening yet again.
BIG GAME ALERT
Quarterback, Eli Manning
How about Big Game Eli? It's been a while, the Eagles secondary is weak and injured, and the Giants' passing offense is starting to find a little (we stress "little") rhythm. And with a win now under their belts, they'll be looking to continue their good fortune. What better way than on the arm of a two-time Super Bowl MVP? If the offensive line can give him an extra second or two, Manning could be looking at a huge game.
As noted earlier, this will be the second time the Giants have seen Chip Kelly's offense and that is a huge plus for a veteran head coach like Tom Coughlin who prides himself on being able to make necessary adjustments. You can bet the Giants have poured over every second of film from the first game and have a better understand what it is that Philly is trying to do. Ultimately, it all boils down to this: Who is smarter? Tom Coughlin or Chip Kelly? We're going with Coughlin.
Giants 24, Eagles 20
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