Eagles – Giants Preview

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Date and Time: Sunday, September 30th, 2012 – 8:30 PM
Spread:
Eagles, -2
Broadcasters:
Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth
Last Meeting: November 20th, 2011 – Eagles def. Giants, 17-10

The History

These two longtime rivals first met on October 15th, 1933. On that day, the Giants thrashed the Eagles, 56-0. For the sake of the collective psyche of Philadelphians, let’s hope tonight’s affair isn’t a mirror image of the inaugural meeting between these two franchises. Overall, the Giants lead the all-time series 83-75-2. New York and Philadelphia have also met four times in the postseason with each team winning two meetings. Most recently, the Eagles triumphed over Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin in the 2008 Divisional Playoffs en route to their fourth NFC Championship game defeat in Arizona one week later. Sports Illustrated ranked the Eagles-Giants rivalry as the fourth best rivalry in the history of the NFL (behind Chiefs-Raiders, Bears-Packers, and Cowboys-Redskins). The teams split their head-to-head meetings last season. But, the Eagles had won six in a row and 12 of 18 prior to 2011.

The Pick

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Tonight is Brian Dawkins’ retirement ceremony prior to the game at the Linc. Many Eagles fans are hoping that the spirit of the evening and the inspiration provided by Weapon-X will propel the Eagles to a victory against their hated rivals.

Sure, Dawkins’ return and number retirement will fire up the crowd and almost certainly the Eagles’ defense. I expect a strong game from the midnight green defenders. Eli Manning has looked superb this season (as he has the past few seasons). But, the Eagles have had plenty of success against Eli his entire career.

My problem with the Eagles in this game is (unsurprisingly) their offense. The only thing the Eagles’ offense proved last week is that the play calling still stinks and the line sans Jason Kelce is very poor. Granted, the Giants’ pass rush has not been tremendously successful this season. But, how can one have faith in Michael Vick to not turn the ball over against the Giants’ blitz? His numbers against the Giants in his career suggest that you should have a little faith:

7 G, 5 W, 2 L, 60.7 CMP%, 5 TD, 3 INT, 83.6 QB Rating

But, Vick has played worse this season than he has at any point in his Eagles’ career. Meanwhile, the offensive line has played just about as poorly as they have since 1998. If Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Osi “Ballerina” Umenyiora have a field day; the Giants will win.

Giants win, 20-14

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