Keys to the Game: Eagles Vs. Giants

Since 2009, The Philadelphia Eagles have beaten the New York Giants 8 out of the 11 times they have faced off.  This time around is a whole new story.  The Giants come into Sunday night’s game on a strong three game winning streak  and playing pretty well.  On the other hand, The Eagles come sputtering in ranking near the bottom of the barrel in most main categories besides passing yards where they rank 9th. With the players from both sides already taking a few verbal jabs at each other, this is shaping up to be a classic NFC East slug fest.

Pressuring Eli Manning is the most important factor in order for the Eagles to come away with the win.  Like any quarterback, Manning can not play his best when facing pressure from the defense.  The Eagles defense showed a nice pass rush last week against St. Louis with 4 sacks bringing the total on the year to 11.  Eli Manning has only been sacked 7 times this season, but if the Eagles can bring that number up a few, that’d be big.

Eagles offense needs to score early and often.  In the past three games, the Eagles have scored 4 touchdowns on offense while the defense and special teams have scored 6. It looked like the Eagles offense took a step in the right direction last week with 145 rushing yards and Foles’ 207 passing yards, but it still looks like they are stuck in second gear.  Especially after almost giving up the game at the end last week, the Eagles should look to come out strong.  If Chip Kelly can get his offense off the ground and producing the way they should then there is no reason they should not win this game.

Division battles always add another layer of intensity to the game and this one should be a good one. I predict it will be a hard fought game by both teams with the Eagles coming out on top 24-21.

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