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These two teams had polar opposite results this past week. The Eagles lit up the scoreboard, dropping 45 points on the Redskins before halftime en route to a 59-21 victory. The Giants, on the other hand, lost to a rejuvenated Cowboys team at home.
This game is huge for both teams. Both are 6-3 and 1-1 in the division. The winner will be in the driver's seat in the NFC East.
New York Giants
Before playing poorly at home last week against the Cowboys, the Giants were one of the hottest teams in football. Their offense had been dominant thanks to a balanced attack. Ahmad Bradshaw is having a breakout season as is second year wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
On defense, the Giants are getting improved play in the secondary and are harrassing quarterbacks.They have also stifled the run, giving up only 83.3 YPG.
The quarterback controversy that plagued the Eagles over the first few weeks of the season is clearly over. Michael Vick is clearly the quarterback, and one of the best in the NFL. His performance this past week has solidified his return to greatness and he is now perhaps more dangerous than he was in Atlanta. He has more weapons than ever before and is a more patient, mature passer.
Defensively, the Eagles have been pretty solid against both rush and pass but have given up big plays and performances. Against the rush, Jim McDermott brings lots of run blitzes. Against the pass, the Eagles also blitz and the corners play aggressively. Asante Samuel in particular is a very good corner and has sticky hands.
The Giants have got to contain Vick. Despite his improvement as a pocket passer, the real concern with Vick is his ability to scramble and extend plays. If the Giants get to him, they must bring him down. Also, blitzing hard off the edge opens up running alleys for Vick. They should keep their safeties back and come up field slowly on the rush to keep him contained. Forcing the Eagles to sustain long drives is the only way to beat them right now.
On offense, the Giants should look to pound the ball the keep Vick off the field. If they can do that they can have some success.
Prediction: Eagles win 31-27
I think Vick will end up running wild late in the game and the Eagles will win at home. The Giants will have success but will ultimately give up too many big plays.