The Giants are hurting this week, and it’s not just because they lost at home to the Cowboys last Sunday. They currently have a lot of injuries, and a lot of these injuries are on their offensive line.
To start, there’s a guy you may have heard of named Shawn Andrews. He’s been starting at left tackle for the Giants and has come down with back troubles this week, another topic you may be familiar with. He is currently listed as questionable.
Along with Andrews, Giants offensive tackle David Diehl and center Shaun O’hara have not participated in practice this week and have been ruled out.
This is great news for the Eagles, and something that the defensive line must take full advantage of. We’ve seen some pretty solid play out of the boys up front so far this season, and they will definitely need to do the same on Sunday night.
The first guy you have to look at is Trent Cole. He’s by far the Eagles best defensive lineman, and has been a menace to Eli Manning in the past. Cole will also be lining up against the Giants left tackle, and as mentioned, there’s a lot of question surrounding that position right now. Andrews may line up at the position, but he clearly won’t be at full strength. Based on some of Andrew’s tweets, and his rash of back injuries in the past, he very well may not play this week.
If Andrews is out, second year man William Beatty is currently listed behind him on the depth chart. Beatty has made a total of four career starts in his two seasons with the Giants, and has only played in two games in 2010. If he does get the start, you have to believe that Cole will see a lot of double teams during the day, which should free up some other players. If they choose not to double Cole, he should have the obvious advantage.
Outside of Andrews, Diehl and O’hara have been listed out for Sunday’s game. Again, the line will have to step up and take advantage.
We’ve seen in the past that when you get in the face of Manning, he makes bad decisions throwing the ball. I’m sure the Eagles will look to send some blitzes for extra pressure, but if the front four can dominate up front, it allows the Eagles to drop their linebackers into coverage.
The Eagles currently lead the league in interceptions, and will look to build upon that number on Sunday. A strong effort from the front four will allow them to do so. Turnovers always play a huge role in a game, and if the Eagles can force some, they should have a strong chance to win this game.