Both squads enter Sunday's game with a 2-1 record and the same attitude toward each other. We all remember this, right?
Expect big hits, big plays and plenty of jawing from either side.
Let's preview this game from top to bottom and pick a winner.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
When: Sunday, September 30 at 8:20 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Line: Eagles (-2), Over/Under 46.5, according to covers.com
What's At Stake?
The NFC East is currently locked in a three-way tie, with the Giants, Eagles and Dallas Cowboys all sitting at 2-1.To put it simply: early bragging rights are on the line.
This is one of the NFL's biggest rivals, and both teams usually bring talent to the table. This year's matchup is no different.
Philadelphia has defeated the Giants in six of their last seven meetings. They would like to continue that trend on Sunday, while the Giants look to change their fortune against their division rival.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
New York Giants
WR Hakeem Nicks - Probable - Foot
RB Ahmad Bradshaw- Probable - Neck
S Antrel Rolle - Questionable - Knee
CB Jayron Hosley - Questionable - Hamstring
CB Michael Coe - Questionable - Hamstring
T David Diehl - Questionable - Knee
WR Domenik Hixon - Questionable - Concussion
DE Adewale Ojomo - Questionable - Hamstring
DE Chris Canty - Out Indefinitely - Knee
DB Tyler Sash - Out - Suspension
T Brandon Mosley - IR - Ankle
DT Shaun Rogers - IR - Leg
DB Terrell Thomas - IR - Knee
WR Jeremy Maclin - Probable - Hip
T King Dunlap - Questionable - Hamstring
RB Dion Lewis - Questionable - Hamstring
WR Riley Cooper - Questionable - Collarbone
C Jason Kelce - IR - Knee
What They're Saying
According to New York Daily News reporter Ralph Vacchiano, Ahmad Bradshaw will get the start for the Giants Sunday night. Bradshaw has essentially missed two games, with Andre Brown taking the ball in his stead.
Vacchiano's report gave some insight into Tom Coughlin's mindset regarding his backfield:
Coughlin wouldn't detail how he planned to use the two, of course, though he conceded the plan has changed since Opening Night when Brown didn't play at all with the regular offense and Bradshaw carried the full load after rookie David Wilson had an early fumble. It appears now that Brown is the solid No. 2 back, and the amount of carries could be determined by who gets hot first.
Here's a quote from Vick regarding his turnover-plagued season so far:
"I know it can be corrected,'' Vick said of the turnovers. "That's the most important thing. I know I can get my job done week in and week out. As a whole, you know you have to put it all together and that's what I'm focused on, nothing in between. I pretty much expect us to put it all together at some point.''
Giants Player to Watch: Martellus Bennett, TE
Bennett has found himself with the Giants, showcasing his elite athleticism for his position. Philadelphia has allowed tight ends to catch 14 passes through the first three weeks, so there should be room to produce.
The Giants tight end has caught 15 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. He's been targeted 23 times, good enough for second on the team.
Eli Manning will look for Bennett when the pocket breaks down. The Eagles will struggle to matchup with him down the middle of the field.
Eagles Player to Watch: Michael Vick, QB
The Eagles are the No. 8 passing offense in the league, but inconsistency has been a huge issue through the first three games.
That all starts with Vick and his six interceptions. Vick has thrown for 905 yards and three touchdowns, but those picks drag his quarterback rating down to 66.3. For a supposed franchise QB, that's unacceptable.
Vick has been under fire this season and for good reason. The Giants will attack him for four quarters, and the Eagles' chances of winning rest firmly on his shoulders.
Key Matchup: Giants Defensive Line vs. Eagles Offensive Line
The Giants only have six sacks this season, but their defensive line still strikes fear into any offensive line.
That's holds especially true for the Eagles, as they're without starting left tackle Jason Peters and backup King Dunlap is questionable for Sunday's game.
Expect the Giants to attack Vick regularly on Sunday night. He's vulnerable to injury, turnover prone and pressure neutralizes his running ability. It's a win-win scenario for the Giants.
Philadelphia's offensive line will have to stand tall if they want to come away with the win.
Prediction: Eagles 27, Giants 24
As much as Philadelphia turns the ball over, there's no denying the talent on this team. The Giants defense has struggled mightily at times this year, and the Eagles have more than enough skill on the outside to hurt them.
Eli Manning has been incredible for New York, but he won't have the same success against his arch-rival. The Eagles are third in the league at defending the pass, creating the difference in this one.
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