Eagles-Giants: The Rivalry, With One More Game Adding to Its Long History

Justin SomeContributor IJanuary 8, 2009

On Sunday, the New York Giants have possibly the biggest and toughest match-up of the 2008 NFL season, playing at home to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Giants, after starting the season with an 11-1 record, have lost the past three out of four games, with their only win coming against the Carolina Panthers to secure home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

The Giants and the Eagles play each other twice a year, since, of course, they both play in the NFC East. The two teams split the season series 1-1 with each team’s win coming on the road. This means absolutely nothing, because it is a total coincidence.

For the New York Giants, the most important thing for them to do this week is stop Donovan McNabb. If the Giants can't stop McNabb, they are in for a long game. So Steve Spagnoula, if you are reading this take my advice: “Stop McNabb before he gets too hot to stop.”

How are you going to win this game if you can't stop the benefactor?

Also, I have noticed on the offense, that Eli Manning and the wide receivers have not been connecting at all.

So, before the game on Sunday at around 9:30 am, Eli needs to go on the field with Domenik Hixon and Amani Toomer and practice the way he practiced before Plaxico Burress was suspended. If he can do this, there is no way that the Eagles defense will be able to stop the Giants offense.

The Eagles offense is basically what I wrote before. If Donovan McNabb plays well, they have a greater chance of pulling off a win. You also need to counter in the Eagles running game with the great play of Brian Westbrook.

If Westbrook can find holes throughout the Giants defense, he will be able to pick up 120-145 yards on Sunday. Also, some of the other things that people should look out for on the Eagles offense is whether or not the offensive line can do a good job protecting McNabb against the Giants pass rush.

If there is one slip up in the offensive line, the entire game momentum could just go directly towards the Giants. One play, that's all that is need for a momentum change.

So, Sunday at 1:00 PM, turn your TV on to Fox to see the Divisional Playoffs' best match-up. I'm predicting a Giants win, with a score of 27-21.