Sunday, November 20, 2011
How you feeling? Eagles-Giants
By Dan Graziano
As you get ready for tonight's game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., here's one reason for Eagles fans to be feeling good and one reason for Giants' fans to be feeling good:
Eagles feeling good: With starting quarterback Michael Vick and top wide receiver Jeremy Maclin out with injuries, the Eagles have but one chance to score points against the Giants -- run the ball. Fortunately for them, they are very good at running the ball. Their running back, LeSean McCoy, is one of the best in the league at his position. And Vince Young, who will play quarterback in Vick's place, is a great running quarterback. The Eagles are the top running team in the league this season, averaging 171.6 yards per game on the ground, and they face a Giants defense that has struggled against the run, allowing 121.6 yards per game on the ground. The Eagles are serious underdogs due to their injuries and the fact that they've underachieved so badly this season, but there is a path to victory if they can keep the ball on the ground and out of Eli Manning's hands.
Giants feeling good: They broke their six-game hex against the Eagles with a victory this season in Philadelphia. And even if this game starts poorly for the Giants, you can bet their fans will have reason to feel better going into the fourth quarter than the Eagles' fans will. The Eagles have blown fourth-quarter leads in five of their six losses this season. The Giants have come back to win four games after trailing in the fourth quarter. The Giants should be able to run against the Eagles even with Ahmad Bradshaw out with a foot injury, and their game plan is likely to try and control the ball early and build a lead behind Brandon Jacobs and the run game. But if that plan is unsuccessful, the Giants still have a huge edge at quarterback and in late-game toughness.