The Eagles (5-6) are on the road this week for a division game against the Giants (3-7) at MetLife Stadium.
To the predictions:
Reuben Frank (8-3)
Something tells me this one won’t be as easy as it should be considering the Eagles are one of the hotter teams in the league — only the Chiefs and Patriots have won more games over the last month. And the Giants appear to be in disarray coming off a 20-point loss to the Bucs, firing offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and well on their way to a fifth consecutive losing season and 10th straight season without a postseason win. But the Giants did just lose to the Chiefs by three, they beat a Raiders team that killed the Eagles, and Daniel Jones has given the Eagles problems in the past - 66 percent, 87.5 passer rating and most notably 11.4 rushing yards per carry. And at some point the Eagles won’t be able to run at all against somebody. Will they be able to make enough plays in the passing game to continue winning? I don’t think the Eagles will lose this game, but I don’t think it’ll be a walk in the park either.
Eagles 30, Giants 28
Dave Zangaro (9-2)
The first thought I had watching the Giants get embarrassed on Monday Night Football was, ‘Uh oh. That’s too bad of a loss.’ It felt like the kind of loss that might bring about change and it did. They fired Jason Garrett. Even though there’s a wild card element to this week, not knowing what the Giants’ offense will look like with Freddie Kitchens at the helm, the Giant had a short week to implement any changes. And if their offensive line isn’t any better, it won’t matter. I know this is a division game and I know division games are often tighter than you think they ought to be. But the Eagles are just a much better team than the Giants right now. I think they cruise to a victory.
Eagles 31, Giants 20
Ray Didinger (9-2)
This looks too easy, right? The Eagles are on a roll. They have won two in a row, three of the last four. They are playing the Giants, a team they have beaten eight of the last nine, 20 of the last 25.
We all saw the Giants go belly up Monday night in Tampa. On Tuesday, they fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and now they have to regroup on a short week. The Giants are woeful. The Eagles are hot and healthy. Looks like another fun day in the Meadowlands.
It's OK for the fans to think that way but the Eagles can't afford to take anything for granted. They should have learned a lesson last Sunday when they took their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter and let the Saints back in the game. I'm betting Nick Sirianni used that sloppy finish to keep the team focused this week.
Eagles 24, Giants 14
Barrett Brooks (7-4)
The theme of this game has to be about stopping the run! I'm absolutely confident that Jonathan Gannon can game plan the passing game of this Giants offense. I am sure QB Daniel Jones will put it up in harms way for a turnover or two. What I'm not confident in is stopping the run. Saquon Barkley is definitely a treat, but QB Jones always seems to hurt the Eagles’ defense on the ground. It's not necessarily the big runs he seems to break against the Birds, but more so the 3rd down conversations that keep their offense on the field. Jones finds a way to keep the chains moving and that's my biggest concern. I'm not even worried about the new OC Freddie Kitchens. It's all about the defense getting off the field on 3rd down!
Offensively, the Birds will run the ball and score. Even with Jordan Howard being out, they will have success running the rock. Plus they have Dump Truck, I mean RB Boston Scott. He is the Giants Killer! Look to him to have a big game as usual against the Giants. The Eagles will have three wins in a row!
Eagles 31, Giants 17
Mike Mulhern (7-4)
Al Michael and Cris Collinsworth should start planning now for a trip to Philly for the last week of the regular season. You can see a showdown for the division title with the Cowboys in Week 18 shaping up for prime time. As the Eagles have been beating up on opponents, things have also broken perfectly for them elsewhere. A win this Sunday would move them a game and a half back of Dallas for the NFC East lead and perhaps more importantly, put the Birds in pole position for the final wild card spot.
Of course, the Eagles will have to continue taking advantage of a soft schedule, starting with the Giants. After watching them run roughshod over the Saints’ top-ranked run defense, Big Blue will surely have to deploy extra defenders in the box to stop Nick Sirianni’s offensive attack. With Jordan Howard out, the Eagles will lose some of their ground and pound nastiness but replace it with more explosiveness. I anticipate both Miles Sanders and noted Giant slayer Boston Scott (432 yards from scrimmage and 6 touchdowns in 4 career games vs NYG) will provide big plays. Even if they get bottled up and the Giants dare Jalen Hurts to beat them with his arm, I see no reason he won’t.
On the flip side, Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was given his walking papers this week, meaning former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens will likely be calling the plays for New York. I expect that will mean Saquon Barkley being force-fed the ball in an attempt to prevent Daniel Jones from being the turnover machine he’s proven to be his entire career (29 interceptions, 20 fumbles lost in 37 career games). Jones will still figure out how to give it away at least once.
The Birds flex their muscles in the Meadowlands as NBC gets set to flex that looming matchup with the Cowboys into Sunday Night Football.
Eagles 27, Giants 20
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