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Last year, the defense was the glaring hole of the "Dream Team," but now the roles are reversed. The defense is actually keeping this team afloat.
On Sunday, they'll face their toughest test yet. Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and the Giants' offense are averaging 426 yards per game, the third best in the NFL.
The secondary will have their hands full with the talented receiving corps of Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and now Ramses Barden. In the past, the Eagles' corners have had trouble covering the Giants' receivers, specifically Nnamdi Asomugha, who was embarrassed by Cruz in their 2011 week 3 matchup.
It will be interesting to see if defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will play zone again or show some confidence in his guys and let them play man coverage. Man coverage would make sense as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha have the most success when they can focus on the man in front of them.
As for the linebackers, their eyes will be set on Ahmad Bradshaw, who is returning from a neck injury, and Andre Brown, who burst onto the scene with his 113 yard performance last week. The mixture of Bradshaw's style and Brown's between-the-tackles downhill style will be challenging for Philadelphia. Linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks will have to get used to the Giants alternating running backs. By rotating Bradshaw and Brown, undoubtedly, they'll stay more fresh.
If the linebackers can plug the holes and make the game one-sided, they will make things easier for the secondary.
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