The New York Giants lost seven of their first eight games before their bye week. Just three weeks later, they could find themselves tied with the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles.
Okay, that’s more indicative of problems on the Eagles’ end of things than a raving endorsement of the Giants’ rebirth.
Sure, the Giants won two games in a row, but they didn’t have an easy time of it against a 49ers’ quarterback playing his second professional game and almost let Jameis Winston come off the bench and make everyone forget what an awful day Ryan Fitzpatrick had.
In other words, they might believe they can run off eight wins in a row and contend for the second wild-card spot, but there are precious few others think so.
Philadelphia continues to suffer more from injuries than the dreaded Super Bowl hangover. Besides losing their top running backs and their main free-agent signing at wide receiver, the Eagles are decimated in the defensive backfield.
The Giants receiving corps is chomping at the bit to attack the collection of youngsters and replacements.
New York’s offensive line has improved since they added Jamon Brown from the Rams. Can the Eagles rushers get to Eli Manning before he can throw the ball downfield?
Injuries and notes
Giants’ defensive end Kerry Wynn needs to clear the concussion protocol and has not practiced yet this week.
Philadelphia lists all four active cornerbacks as questionable a week after putting Ronald Darby on injured reserve. Linebacker Jordan Hicks (calf) is considered week-to-week.
Center Jason Kelce is practicing fully after an elbow injury and will start against the Giants.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson will get a flyer as long as the Eagles keep putting up an effort on the field. Winning the team’s first ever Super Bowl will do that for a coach, as long as he has an obvious excuse like the injuries. But December home games will be a happier experience if the team pulls out a few more winnable games like this one.
Pat Shurmur reportedly told Eli Manning that he needed to put more points on the board if he expected to stay on the field. So far, he responded with 65 points over the past two weeks. Shurmur was also caught yelling at Eli from the sidelines to “Throw the (darned) ball” twice, which indicates he is not blind to what fans were seeing even as he defended Eli week after week. He’ll get a chance to work with a new passer in 2019.
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Who will win the Eagles-Giants game?
New York’s players are talking about running the table and getting back into playoff contention. With the offensive line improving, the running and passing games are finally clicking.
Plus, the Giants would love to get some payback for the Thursday Night Football beatdown delivered by the Eagles earlier this season.
But, the injured Eagles still have the better roster and the backing of rabid fans. It’s back-to-earth for the G-men this week.