An NFC East rivalry adds a new chapter as the New York Giants visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
The G-Men are coming off a statement victory against Carolina and will be playing the Eagles off 10 days rest. The defending champions got some much needed R&R to get Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw ready to go for this rivalry matchup.
The Eagles, on the other hand, may be the most worrisome 2-1 team in NFL history. They've been outscored 56-77 this season, even though they have two in their win column. Turnovers have been keeping this squad from being the 'Dream Team' it hopes to become.
For those looking for the spread, over/under and a game prediction, you've come to the right place.
When: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8:20 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TV: NBC (Check Local Listings)
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Spread: Eagles -2 (Sportsbook)
This game is essentially pick 'em; the Eagles are only two-point favorites because they're at home.
The Giants thrive on being underdogs, but this doesn't feel like the defending champions should be worried.
Vegas must think that the Eagles will be desperate for a win after laying an egg in Arizona last weekend, and rightfully so. The Eagles, though, have yet to cover the spread this year, including being 2.5 favorites against the Ravens.
In addition, with Philly's affinity for the field goal, this game could actually land on the number.
A standard over/under number because Vegas isn't sure which way this one will go. Both teams have the potential for offensive explosion, but their defenses could rule the day as well. The Giants have been pretty solid offensively thus far, but if they come in complacent like Opening Night against the Cowboys, this number will be close.
As for the Eagles, trying to find out which team is going to show up is like looking for Waldo.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Did Not Practice
CB Michael Coe (hamstring)
T David Diehl (knee)
CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring)
WR Hakeem Nicks (foot)
LB Keith Rivers (hamstring)
S Antrel Rolle (knee)
Did Not Practice
S Colt Anderson (knee)
DT Fletcher Cox (migraine)
C Jon Dorenbos (ankle)
T King Dunlap (hamstring)
LB Akeem Jordan (hamstring)
Big Fantasy Plays
New York: Victor Cruz
I don't smell a good fantasy day for Eli Manning, but his salsa-dancing wideout should see the majority of his good passes. Cruz is a third-down junkie who finds the little seams in the defense, a type of player the Eagles have yet to see on the Browns, Cards, or Ravens.
Cruz's playmaking ability will be on display, with at least one salsa dance in the Philadelphia end zone.
If the Giants do get behind, as I think they will, Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are in prime position for large fantasy payouts.
Philadelphia: DeSean Jackson
As for a fringe fantasy starter, Jackson is a must-play against the arch-rival Giants. He simply has their number. Many remember his last-second punt return against the G-Men not long ago, but he's had his share of receiving plateaus against them as well.
With Jeremy Maclin potentially limited in this contest, Jackson will be the primary downfield threat. Bombs away, and that's good news for fantasy owners.
Keys to Victory
New York: Pressure, Pressure, Pressure
It's not a question of the Giants being able to get to the quarterback, it's whether they will. The Eagles' offensive line has been horrid through three games and ripe for one of the NFL's best defensive lines to take an ungentlemanly advantage.
Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre Paul, and the rest can dictate whether this Sunday night game is a Giant blowout or not. On their best day, they could make a Michael Vick sack fest tape if they wished.
Philadelphia: Get Michael Vick in a Rhythm Early
Philadelphia's success begins and ends with quarterback Michael Vick. The Eagles will go as far as he takes them. If he can hold onto the ball, that is.
He's had his impressive showings against the Giants and he's also been terrible on other days.
Getting Vick into a comfort zone has much to do with Andy Reid's game plan. The Eagles' coach will need to have a crafty game plan for his quarterback to elude the Giants' rush and avoid turnovers.
A high dose of LeSean McCoy running and catching out of the backfield can't hurt.
Prediction: Eagles 26, Giants 24
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