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With Odell Beckham Jr. trade, the New York Giants have officially lost their minds

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With Odell Beckham Jr. trade, the New York Giants have officially lost their minds

Imagine what it’s like to be a Giants fan right now.

Just when you’re starting to come to terms with losing one of the finest young safeties in the NFL, this happens.

A week after the Giants cut ties with all-pro safety Landon Collins, they reportedly shipped Odell Beckham Jr., their unstoppable, explosive 26-year-old wide receiver, to the Browns for a first-round pick, a second-round pick and third-year safety Jabril Peppers.

In the span of a week, the Giants cut ties with a 25-year-old three-time Pro Bowl safety and now a 26-year-old three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Collins landed with the Redskins and now Beckham is with the rejuvenated Browns, where he gives 23-year-old Baker Mayfield a legit all-pro weapon.

OBJ has 390 catches for 5,476 yards, fourth-most in NFL history by a player in his first 59 games. 

This is certainly good news for the Eagles and the rest of the NFC East. 

Although the Eagles have had the Giants' number over the last several years, those two Giants games on the schedule now look easier than ever as general manager Dave Gettleman continues dismantling the Giants in a manner not unlike what happened to the Eagles in the early 1990s, when Reggie White, Clyde Simmons, Seth Joyner and numerous others were allowed by owner Norman Braman to leave via free agency.

OBJ had a 12-for-185 game against the Eagles in 2014 and an 11-for-150 game against the Eagles in 2016. He’s one of only three players in history with more than one 150-yard game against the Eagles — the others are Woodley Lewis in the 1950s and Terrell Owens.

The Giants have become a punchline around the NFL.

They haven’t won a playoff game since the 2011 Super Bowl season, and they’ve had just one winning season in the last six years. 

They are staunchly devoted to their 38-year-old quarterback, who is 31-63 in his last 94 starts and 1-9 in his last 10 starts against the Eagles. Yet they cut ties with two of their most exciting young players.

What the heck???

And you have to wonder what Giants coach Pat Shurmur is thinking. He was Chip Kelly’s offensive coordinator when Kelly got rid of DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.

And now this.

He’s probably in Gettleman’s office right now begging him not to get rid of Saquon Barkley.

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5 matchups to watch as Eagles host Giants

5 matchups to watch as Eagles host Giants

The Eagles (4-6) are reeling right now after a brutal 48-7 loss to the Saints, while the Giants (3-7) are surging thanks to two straight wins. 

The last time these two teams met, the Eagles beat the Giants 34-13 at MetLife Stadium, but a lot has happened since then. 

Here are five matchups to watch Sunday: 

Carson Wentz vs. Giants’ pass defense 

In the Superdome last week, Wentz had the worst game of his professional career. He was awful. The good news is that he’ll be going against a team this week that allowed him to have his best performance of this season. Back in October, Wentz threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns. It’s also worth noting he was sacked just once in that game. 

That game also saw the Eagles score 14 points in the first quarter. They have just 21 first-quarter points all season. A quick start would go a long way Sunday. 

Josh Adams vs. Giants’ run defense

The Giants have given up an average of 125.4 yards on the ground this season. If the Eagles can get an early lead, look to see a lot of Adams. It seems like the Eagles are making a concerted effort to give the ball to him more and more. In that first matchup, Wendell Smallwood ran for 51 yards and Corey Clement tacked on 43. Adams might have a good shot to get going Sunday. 

Giants receivers vs. who? 

For all their struggles, the Giants still have Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, two very good receivers. And the Eagles have Chandon Sullivan, De’Vante Bausby and Cre’Von LeBlanc going against them. Yeah, that’s obviously a problem. 

Recently, the Giants have found success running the ball, but it’s fair to wonder if they should abandon that philosophy for this game when they go against three cornerbacks who haven’t been with the Eagles for more than a month. I’d attack those guys. 

Saquon Barkley vs. Eagles’ linebackers 

Even though the Eagles crushed the Giants in the first meeting, Saquon was really good. He had 130 yards on the ground and 99 receiving yards. It’s still the most yards he’s put up in his young career. 

Without Jordan Hicks (calf), the Eagles will need a better game from Nigel Bradham, who has struggled this year. It takes a team effort to stop a special player like Barkley, but I think it starts with No. 53. 

Eagles vs. themselves

If the Eagles want to avoid letting this season spin out of control, they’re going to need to keep playing for Pederson. If Malcolm Jenkins was right and the Eagles didn’t have enough fight last week, that’s going to show the rest of the way. This is a winnable game for the Eagles, but it’s also very losable. Every game on the schedule is losable for the team. This season seems to have all the makings of an epic collapse; let’s see if the Eagles can avoid that.

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Nick Foles is still beating Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. in 1 category

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Nick Foles is still beating Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. in 1 category

Would you believe that since March 1, Nick Foles is responsible for more NFL gear being sold than Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham Jr.?

In 2018 second-quarter sales, Foles ranks eighth in the NFL among licensed products sold. The other nine guys are either starting quarterbacks or elite skill players.

Here's the list:

1. Tom Brady
2. Dak Prescott
3. Carson Wentz
4. Ezekiel Elliott
5. Aaron Rodgers
6. Saquon Barkley
7. Jimmy Garoppolo
8. Nick Foles
9. Antonio Brown
10. Odell Beckham Jr.

Zach Ertz was 18th on the list, three spots below Rob Gronkowski and two below Julio Jones. No other Eagle was among the top 50. 

This, yet again, shows the power of Philly sports fans and the power of Foles' own Cinderella story last year. 

It's also another example of the Eagles beating down on the Giants. Their backup QB is more popular than the highest-paid receiver in football.

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