The New York Giants travel to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a divisional game that could go a long way toward helping decide which team wins the NFC East.
The Giants sit at 2-1 after their 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. The offense was hobbled, but had its way with a Panthers defense that ranks 24th in the NFL, allowing 383 yards per game.
While New York would prefer to have a healthy roster, it has to be encouraging that Eli Manning and the running game can be relied on to make plays.
The Eagles are also 2-1, but in a very different place than the Giants. Michael Vick has been inconsistent and Philadelphia seems to have forgotten that LeSean McCoy is one of the best running backs in the NFL.
However, despite all the negativity surrounding the team, a win tonight against New York would revive enthusiasm for the season. But a loss could renew memories of last season's debacle.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday night's matchup.
Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown Combine for 160 Rushing Yards and 2 Touchdowns
While the Giants are ranked 16th in the league in rushing at 100.3 yards per game, there might be a sense of leaning on the run more after Andre Brown was able to shoulder most of the load in last week's win over the Panthers.
With Ahmad Bradshaw returning to the lineup, New York has two running backs to rely on and try to control the clock more during games.
This is especially important against a team like the Eagles. While Philadelphia's offense has failed to put many points on the board (15.7 per game), the offense is explosive and actually sits fifth in the league with 416.3 yards per game.
The Giants offense would do well to lean on Bradshaw and Brown in tonight's game against an Eagles defense that has allowed 103 yards per game on the ground.
If the Giants can get out to a lead, look for a big game from their backfield.
Michael Vick Commits 3 First-Half Turnovers, Nick Foles Enters in Second Half
Michael Vick is the best option at quarterback for the Eagles. But a slow start and poor decision-making have raised questions about whether or not the time is now to make a change at the position.
If not for his playmaking ability when the pocket breaks down and the Eagles being fortunate to possess a 2-1 record, Vick is posing as just another below-average quarterback in 2012.
Sacked nine times and having thrown six interceptions, Vick is one bad game away from fans calling for Nick Foles to come in to at least see what he can do.
The Giants have the ability to pressure Vick constantly and force mistakes early on in tonight's contest. While unlikely, Foles might get his shot tonight if the game is out of hand.
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