When the New York Giants came to Philadelphia this year, everyone expected your typical NFC East battle. However, shortly after the game had started, everyone could tell this wasn’t going to be the case. A few seconds into the second quarter, the Eagles had jumped out to a 16-0 lead and had the Giants scratching their heads.
The G-men were able to get a touchdown on the board with just under two minutes remaining but the Eagles struck twice before halftime and took a 30-7 lead to the locker room along with all the momentum. The Birds never looked back from here and won the game 40-17.
Come this Sunday, the Eagles and Giants will be in the national spotlight with a lot on the line. Currently, the Eagles are tied for first place with the Cowboys while the Giants sit one game behind after a solid win against Dallas last week. It’s December now, and that’s when playoff caliber teams show everyone what they’re really made of. Both teams got December started off on the right foot beating NFC playoff hopefuls and will matchup with one another for the second time this year.
As much as I would love for it to happen, I don’t see the Eagles going into the Meadowlands and blowing out the Giants like they did earlier this year. There is too much at stake right now. However, I do like the Eagles to win this game. They are getting Joselio Hanson, Akeem Jordan, and DeSean Jackson back which is only going to make them stronger. The Eagles defense looked great last week against Atlanta, but the Falcons lacked some of their key offensive playmakers. Eli Manning and the Giants offense is a talented group so the addition of Hanson and Jordan will be a big plus.
Without Jackson, the Eagles offense didn’t seem to miss a beat. They spread the ball out nicely and got some unexpected contributions from Michael Vick. Jackson is their biggest playmaker and even if he’s not 100% and doesn’t get the looks he usual does, the Giants will still have to pay close attention to him.
I see the Eagles having a great chance to win this game; however, I’m not expecting a similar score to the last time they met.