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Giants Eagles Game Preview

After two straight losses ,the Giants look to get back on the winning track as they head down to Philly to face the Eagles. I believe this is a must win game for the Giants. If they lose, it’s like losing two games (because of the division). If they win, they can get on the right track heading towards the playoffs.

INJURIES:

GIANTS INJURY REPORT
OUT: DT Chris Canty (calf); CB Aaron Ross (hamstring); and LB Michael Boley (knee).
DOUBTFUL: None
QUESTIONABLE:  WR Mario Manningham (shoulder)
PROBABLE: LB Antonio Pierce (back); OT Kareem McKenzie (groin); and RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle/foot)

PHILADELPHIA INJURY REPORT
OUT:  DE Victor Abiamiri (knee); WR Kevin Curtis (knee); LB Omar Gaither (foot); CB Dimitri Patterson (quad/hand)
DOUBTFUL:  None
QUESTIONABLE: RB Brian Westbrook (concussion/knee); S Macho Harris (ankle); DE Chris Clemons (elbow)
PROBABLE:   DE Darren Howard (ankle/calf); WR DeSean Jackson (foot); OL Nick Cole (knee); OL Todd Herremans (foot); OG Max Jean-Giles (shoulder); WR Jeremy Maclin; OT Jason Peters (ankle); P Sav Rocca (back); LB Akeem Jordan (hip)

OFFENSE:

The Giants offense is at a bit of a crossroads. After a great start to the season, Eli Manning has gone back to his pre-Super Bowl days. He’s forcing balls into coverage, and making way too many mistakes. The running game is not as dominant. After a great start, Ahmad Bradshaw has cooled off. Brandon Jacobs is still trying to regain his old prowess. Mario Manningham is questionable, which could lead to an increased role for Hakeem Nicks, the NFC offensive rookie of the month. For the Giants to win this game, they have to do two things: Get the running game going, and get the ball to Kevin Boss. Philly has a very aggressive defense, even more aggressive than the Cardinals. They have to anything and everything to neutralize that. Play action. Rollouts. Draw plays. That will be the biggest key for a good offensive performance.

DEFENSE:

As is always the case, the Giants will have to stop Brian Westbrook. Fortunately, he might not play, and is listed as questionable. The Giants will prepare as if he is playing. To stop him, an athletic linebacker like Michael Boley would’ve been great. But now that he’s not here, the Giants will have to get creative. I think that using Bryan Kehl or even Johnathan Goff on him will be crucial. Another key will be to stop the big play to DeSean Jackson. How do you do that? Well, unless CC (Can’t Cover) Brown suddenly becomes Ed Reed, that’s an issue. Do they try Aaron Rouse? Maybe try Terrell Thomas? I’m not sure, and unless the Giants figure that out, it will be a long day.

THE EAGLES:

Rivalry. Division Matchup. Bragging rights. In other words, it’s a game against the Eagles. The Eagles are a very, very aggressive team. They will blitz, blitz and blitz some more. They will use some WildCat with Michael Vick. They’ll throw the ball down field to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. This is a tough matchup for the Giants. And this game will likely be a nail biter. The Giants, like I said before, will have to find a way to stop Westbrook. He’s a Giant killer. If they do that, they will win. If they don’t, it could be a long day. Hopefully he won’t end up playing.

PREDICTION:

I do not enjoy picking divisional games. They are so unpredictable. And this was is, of course, no different. The Giants are reeling. Playing in Philadelphia is not the place to go when you’re struggling. I’m picking this game as if Westbrook is playing. And I don’t trust the depleted linebacking core to stop him. FINAL SCORE: Eagles 21, Giants 17

COVERAGE:

As always, GiantsGab has got you covered for the game. Follow our Twitter page, as we’ll be tweeting during the game. Check back at halftime for our feature “Halftime Thoughts”, where we break down the first half, and tell you what to expect in the second. Hang out after the game for all the post game info you need. GiantsGab is Giants Central!

REQUIRED READING:

Our Giants Roundtable, Part 1 and Part 2

5 Keys To Beating the Iggles

Unit-By-Unit Breakdown

Westbrook a Game Time Decision

Sheldon Brown and Steve Smith Aren’t Exactly Talking About The Weather

Is This When We Will See Some WildCat?


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