W2W4: Giants at Eagles

September, 28, 2012
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The Giants and Eagles renew their rivalry on Sunday night before a nationally televised audience. The next time they face each other, the NFC East very well could be on the line in the regular-season finale at MetLife Stadium.

So whoever wins this game will have a crucial head start.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. Here's what to watch for:

Killer B's: Ahmad Bradshaw makes his return from a neck injury which he has described as a "bulge" and an "inflamed disk." During his absence, Andre Brown has been a stud, rushing for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games.

Both Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said Brown has earned a role and that the Giants will ride the hotter hand of the two. It will be interesting to see how the carries are divided. The more those two can run, the more time Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy spend on the sideline.

Shady Gaga: Round 1 of the 2012 season between McCoy and Osi Umenyiora begins on Sunday night. And we can hardly wait!

Umenyiora and McCoy's beef is an entertaining one that spills over to Twitter and beyond. They talk trash like they are WWE rivals. Umenyiora has referred to McCoy as Lady Gaga and "she," while also wishing the running back a happy Mother's Day. McCoy has responded by calling Umenyiora a "ballerina."

Hopefully Andy Reid will run McCoy to Umenyiora's side when the defensive end is in the game.

Salsadelphia: Victor Cruz returns to Philadelphia, the birthplace of his salsa touchdown dance. It was here in Week 3 last sesason that Cruz broke out with two touchdowns and debuted the salsa celebration at Nnamdi Asomugha's expense.

In two games against the Eagles last year, Cruz totaled nine receptions for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Hakeem Nicks is out, so the Giants will need Cruz to have a big night against the Philadelphia secondary.

Stick Vick: The Giants had success last season against Vick by hitting him every chance they got. They wanted to make sure he felt each hit.

Vick has taken a beating early on this season and has been sacked a total of nine times and he has thrown six interceptions while fumbling five times, losing three. Last Thursday, the Giants got some licks in on Cam Newton and the second-year quarterback never seemed to get comfortable.

They cannot afford to let Vick get comfy on Sunday night.

Renew the rivalry: Lately, the Eagles-Giants rivalry has been lopsided with the Eagles taking seven of the last eight meetings, including their playoff game during the 2008 season.

The Giants have to start making the clutch plays in the fourth quarter. They do have what the Eagles don't: Super Bowl rings. But if they don't find a way to beat the Eagles this season, the defending champs might not win the NFC East. And with the toughest schedule in the NFL, the Giants likely need to win the division to get into the playoffs and defend their title.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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