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Eagles vs. Giants live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 14 game

Eagles vs. Giants live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 14 game

9:57 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! 

We have waited a long time for tonight, but the Eagles will host Eli Manning and the Giants tonight at the Linc. Here are five matchups to watch.

If you’re heading to the game, bring your rain gear. 

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The Eagles will face off against the Giants tonight but we still have plenty of time to kill. 

We answered half of your questions yesterday.

Here are the rest. 

It’s a fair question. Jackson just turned 33 and his body failed him this season. He had one tremendous game and that was it. Recently, in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Joe Banner said he thinks the Eagles will move on from Alshon Jeffery and Jackson. 

If that happens, we’re talking about serious dead money. In Jackson’s situation, Banner wondered if Jackson would maybe be open to moving some of his salary to bonuses. That would certainly be worth a shot. Try to get Jackson to bet on himself with the chance to make even more money. 

If I’m the Eagles, I’m open to bringing Jackson back, but they just can’t let that be their solution. They need to get younger at the position, which leads us to this next question … 

They can’t think like this. When you focus in on one position, you end up reaching and get Marcus Smith. The Eagles have to be smarter than that. With that said, if it’s a tie, I’d go receiver. 

While they certainly need help at cornerback, the Eagles’ biggest problem this season has been at receiver. They need to upgrade there and finally hit on one in the draft. Take a look at every receiver they’ve drafted this decade: 

2019: JJ Arcega-Whiteside (2nd round) 
2017: Mack Hollins (4th round) 
2017: Shelton Gibson (5th round) 
2015: Nelson Agholor (1st round) 
2014: Jordan Matthews (2nd round) 
2014: Josh Huff (3rd round)
2012: Marvin McNutt (6th round) 
2010: Riley Cooper (5th round) 

The Eagles haven’t had much success, but they need to find a way to give Carson Wentz more weapons. They’ve invested so much in Wentz, so they need to at least try to surround him with more talent. 

Jason Kelce was a sixth-rounder back in 2011 and he’s been a Pro Bowler. Getting Kelce in the sixth round qualifies as one of the best draft picks in franchise history. 

The real problem for the Eagles is that they’re not drafting Pro Bowl players even in the early rounds. Since 2010, the Eagles have drafted six players who have become a Pro Bowler for them: Kelce, Fletcher Cox, Nick Foles, Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Carson Wentz. 

During that same timeframe, the Cowboys have drafted 12. 

Probably not the way you want them to and I get why that’s frustrating. With Jim Schwartz as the defensive coordinator, the Eagles have drafted just two linebackers: Nate Gerry in the fifth round and Joe Walker in the seventh. When going through position coaches last week, I actually gave LBs coach Ken Flajole a lot of credit because he’s done the most with little. 

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Eagles-Giants NFL Week 14 predictions 2019

Eagles-Giants NFL Week 14 predictions 2019

The Eagles (5-7) host the Giants (2-10) at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday night. 

To the predictions: 

Reuben Frank (5-7) 
I’m really reluctant to pick the Eagles to beat anybody right now. I have no reason to have faith in this coach, these players, this staff. But then I look at the Giants and they’re way worse than the Dolphins. I don’t think it helps the Eagles that Eli Manning is back, even though he’s been brutal for years against the Eagles. But he's got a better chance to come into the Linc and win a game than a 22-year-old kid who has two career wins.

What Monday night will show all of us is whether the Eagles have mailed it in or if they still have a shred of fight in them. We know the Cowboys have mailed it in. Somebody has to win the NFC East, unless commisioner Roger Goodell just decides to vacate it and add another wild-card team. Probably won’t happen, although if I were the commish I would.

So against my better judgment I’ll pick the Eagles. But at this point, nothing would surprise me.

Eagles 27, Giants 26

Dave Zangaro (6-6) 
Let’s start by making this clear: The Eagles could lose any remaining game on their schedule. I just don’t think they’re gonna lose this one. The Giants are a mess and even with Manning, I’m not expecting that to change. And then there’s the fact that the Eagles have owned Manning and the Giants over the last few years. In fact, the Eagles are 9-1 against the Giants in the last five years. They’ve even won the last five games between the two teams. But four of those five wins have been close games, so I’m not about to predict a blowout. Still, I expect the Eagles to be tied with the Cowboys atop the NFC East on Tuesday morning. 

Eagles 24, Giants 20 

Derrick Gunn (5-7) 
Shocked is the best way to describe what happened to the Eagles down in Miami. The offense came to life, moved the ball effectively and put up 31 points. Then there’s the defense that we had applauded for holding four previous opponents to 17 points or fewer having a complete meltdown and giving up 37 points to one of the worst offenses in the league. If losing wasn’t bad enough, players and the head coach Doug Pederson said in unison “they wanted it more than we did.” So here they stand two games below sea level and fighting for their playoff lives.

The Giants are just as bad as the Dolphins on both sides of the ball. The Eagles’ defense was planning on getting an up-close-and-personal look at Daniel Jones, but he’s injured which means Manning has been dusted off and called into active duty. But wait there’s more: both TE Evan Engram and WR Golden Tate are expected to be healthy enough to return as well. If that happens, Tate, Engram, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley would all be on the field together for the first time this season.

The Birds have owned Manning in recent years (Manning 1-9 in last 10 meetings with Eagles). This matchup makes me nervous. Manning could want to make a strong showing for a future employer. Will the Giants rally around their former leader? Which Eagles defense will show up? Despite the records, it’s a division battle, but at least the Birds have this one at home. 

Eagles 28, Giants 21

Ray Didinger (4-8) 
It was interesting that the point spread went up when it was announced that Manning would be starting for the Giants on Monday. Has it reached the point where bettors think a rookie, Jones, gives the Giants a better chance to win than a two-time Super Bowl MVP? Wow. 

Anyway, the Eagles were favored by eight but it went up to nine when the Giants announced Manning would start. I think the Giants saw Jones throw three picks Sunday against Green Bay (that's 21 turnovers for him this season) and decided the kid needed to sit for a week or so just to clear his head. Eight straight losses can wreck a young quarterback's confidence. They probably wanted to give Manning a chance at a curtain call anyway.

With Manning at quarterback, there will be a lot of dump offs to Barkley. He caught 91 of them last season when Manning was checking it down all the time. This year with Jones taking over Barkley has just 38 receptions. It is a dramatic difference. So Barkley will get a big work load, rushing and receiving, but it won't spell the difference. Big day for Carson Wentz against a woeful Giants defense.

Eagles 28, Giants 14

Andrew Kulp (6-6) 
I said it last week (while wrongly picking the Eagles), but it's not a given they will win this or any other game for the remainder of the season. That's just the reality of the situation.

That being said, while I might've been tempted to pick the Giants with Jones under center, picking the Giants led by Manning is a different story. Don't get me wrong, I can totally imagine a scenario in which Manning torches the dynamic duo of Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby — I just don't find it incredibly likely.

Manning stinks against the Eagles, stinks at Lincoln Financial Field, and really stinks against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in primetime. I'll take my chances on the Birds here.

Eagles 34, Giants 15

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