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Giants Eagles Game Preview

The Giants, coming off a disappointing loss last week to Dallas, are traveling to Philadelphia to take on Mike Vick and the high flying Eagles. The two 6-3 teams will be battling for NFC East supremacy. Are the Giants up to the task?

INJURIES:

Giants

OUT: C Shaun O’Hara (ankle/Achilles), FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring), WR Steve Smith,  LT David Diehl (hip/hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LT Shawn Andrews (back)
PROBABLE:  DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), LB Gerris Wilkinson, CB Corey Webster (toe), TE Kevin Boss (back), PR/KR Darius Reynaud (hamstring)

The big question here is if Shawn Andrews will play. He’s making the trip to Philly–a good sign. If not, Will Beatty will go in his place.

Eagles

QUESTIONABLE:  DE Juqua Parker (hip),  T King Dunlap (knee)
PROBABLE:    S Nate Allen (neck), DT Brodrick Bunkley (elbow), CB Jorrick Calvin (hand), G Nick Cole (knee), CB Ellis Hobbs (hip), RB LeSean McCoy (shoulder),  LB Ernie Simms (ankle)

OFFENSE:

Without Steve Smith, David Diehl and Shaun O’Hara, the Giants offense struggled a bit last week. Too many penalties. Costly turnovers. Couldn’t get the run game going. That will have to change for the Giants to win. Have to get the run going. And have to be willing to take chances downfield. Look, Nicks, Manningham, they’re good enough to catch the ball downfield without Steve Smith. The Giants tend to be conservative in the passing game, but they have the horses to go downfield, and they should.

DEFENSE:

How do you stop Mike Vick? That’s the big question. Last week, he had 330 yards passing, 4 TDs and 80 yards rushing. He’s matured as a passer and still has that killer speed. With weapons like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, plus LeSean McCoy playing well, stopping Vick is huge. How do you do it? I say bring the house. Bring the pressure. Bring the noise, bring the funk. Have to limit his time and space to make plays. He’s most effective when he can run around and buy time. He can’t have any time to make plays. If you limit his time and space, you limit his effectiveness.

THE EAGLES:

The Eagles looked pretty damn good last week, didn’t they? Obviously, as we mentioned earlier, it’s the Mike Vick show. But their defense has been good, and you know they’re going to bring the pressure. This is a tough matchup. They are riding high. At home, Sunday night, the Eagles have to like their chances.

PREDICTION:

This is not a great matchup for the Giants. Vick has killed them in the past with inferior talent around him. Now that he’s improved, as has his talent, there’s not telling what he can do. Unless the Giants can really bring everyone in and rush him, I just think Vick is going to have a big day. FINAL SCORE: Eagles 28, Giants 21

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!


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One Response to “Giants Eagles Game Preview”

  1. Jason C. says:

    I’m not worried about Vick, so much as overcompensating for him by letting the run game beat them down the field all day, similar to what happened in the Colts game, the last thing this team needs to add insult to injury, is another game like that. A loss is a loss, a loss like that, could be a season ending blow.

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