Philadelphia Eagles: Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Darryl Tapp, Philip Hunt
New York Giants: Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Trattou, Adrien Tracy
Perhaps the biggest strength of both teams, the defensive ends of the Eagles and Giants are some of the best in the league.
The Eagles have two stud pass-rushers in Trent Cole and Jason Babin. Babin thrives in the Wide-9 scheme, where he is able to do what he does best and get after the quarterback. Cole is rather underrated by the national media, even though he is as consistent as they come. His tackling prowess is impeccable for a defensive end.
What makes the Eagles’ unit deadly, however, is their ability to keep players fresh by using a rotation without seeing a significant drop off in production. Brandon Graham, Darryl Tapp and Philip Hunt all offer quality pass-rushing skills.
The team also added another end through the end with rookie Vinny Curry. Many consider him a bargain in the second round, and he should push for more snaps as the season wears on.
The Giants arguably have the best defensive end in all of football in Jason Pierre-Paul. A dominant sack-specialist with the ability to generate lots of pressure and make big plays, Pierre-Paul is still young and has many more strong years ahead of him.
Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora comprise the rest of the big three, and both offer considerable pass-rushing skills.
Behind them, however, there is not much. Based on individual talent, the Giants have the better starters. But the Eagles win this one because they have a potent combination of talent and depth, and their entire defensive unit as a whole is better than the Giants.
Winner: Philadelphia Eagles