Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Giants: NFL Playoff Breakdown

ctsports picksAnalyst IJanuary 9, 2009

Love this weekend's interconference rematch of two really good regular-season games. They both won on the other teams home field this season. These teams know each other better than any other playoff game this weekend.

Odds-makers obviously are calling this the same as they have the Giants as a three-point favorites.

After last year's Super Bowl run, the Giants now see themselves as the hunted, not the hunters. On the other hand, Philly sees themselves as last year's Giants and are saying why not us this year.

This game will be very simple for Philly defensively. They must stop the three-headed running back monster the Giants have to win this game. They will load up to stop the run on first and second down and hope to put Manning in 3rd-and-long so they can bring the vaunted Jim Johnson blitz.

Offensively since the benching of McNabb six games ago this team has started putting it together. The secret though is not McNabb its Westbrook. He is really the only game breaker they have on offense.

Look at last week, Minnesota had Philly right where they wanted them the whole game and then one poor tackling play and Westbrook breaks a screen pass into a 73-yard touchdown.

Giants enter this postseason with a week off and much healthier they have been in probably five weeks. Offensively they must run the ball effectively to sit up the play action pass for Manning. With the loss of Burress for the season, this team no longer can convert 3rd-and-longs, so it's a must to run the ball to have more manageable third downs.

Defensively there is no secret they must get pressure with there front seven and contain Westbrook. Game plan sounds easy but its usually easier said than done.

The spread says just what everybody else has been saying this one will be close down to the wire. Most game don't live up to the hype but with the history of these two teams think this one will. There will be no surprises in this game it will be smash mouth football and the last team standing might win.

Can't ignore the trends for the divisional playoff round the last five years with the underdogs 16-4 against the spread. Last year this Giants team obviously even won money line over the number one seed Dallas team.

Enjoy this close game all the way down to the last minute!

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