Giants-Eagles Prediction

With the Giants defense at a title just two days away, it’s time to break it down. Who are the main factors in this game? Who will win? Let’s discuss:

OFFENSE:

Jacobs seems to be healthy-a great sign. He’s rested and rearing to go. He is the key cog to this offense. Pair his bruising style of running with Derrick Ward’s elusiveness, and you got yourself a tough combination for defenses to stop. That said, the Eagles will be keying in on the run. With no Plaxico Burress to double team, the Eagles can afford to bring a safety in the box to try and stop the run. If they do that successfully, the load falls on Eli Manning’s shoulders. Can he do it? Can he beat the blitz, and find open receivers? I think he can.

As for the Eagles, they are on a roll right now. McNabb is playing great. DeSean Jackson is becoming a top target. And Brian Westbrook is good as always. The key, for the Giants, is to stop Westbrook. He’s battling injuries. If the Giants can limit him, it will be a much easier game. The Giants corners can keep up with the Eagles receivers. Westbrook is the key.

I think the Giants have the offensive advantage, although it’s very slight. Again, the key is stopping Westbrook. And if Jacobs can get a running game going, this is a even bigger advantage. Not having Plax does concern me.

DEFENSE:

The Eagles will consistently run blitz. The key for the Giants offense is to do things to beat it–draw plays, quick passes. The Eagles secondary is good, and Brian Dawkins is still playing well. The Eagles do have a top defense, and as always, they will blitz all night. 

The Giants, getting healthy on the defensive end, are the better ‘D’. They have two lockdown corners in Corey Webster and Aaron Ross. Tuck is healthy, which will improve the pass rush. The only problem is their susceptibility to the long runs. Westbrook is great at that. How do they prevent those? Stack 8 in the box, blitz linebackers more, and always look run first. If they do that, they can be successful.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

DeSean Jackson is a great returner. Feagles will usually make a perfect punt. I’m more worried on kick off coverage, because Carney hasn’t been getting it that deep. Coverage has also been a bit suspect. Stopping Jackson will be hard. They’ll have to make sure they wrap up their tackles. This one goes to the Eagles.

COACHING:

I say it every week, but Tom Coughlin is the class of the NFC. Andy Reid is not bad either.

PREDICTION:

Anytime you have a rivalry game, it’s a ton of fun. The Eagles have a lot of momentum, and the Giants haven’t played a meaningful game since Carolina. Home field advantage will help a lot. If the G-Men can get Jacobs going, and stop Westbrook, it could be a blow out. I don’t think it will be. Final Score: Giants 21, Eagles 17. Enjoy the game.


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