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Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul vs. Eagles LT Jason Peters
With fellow defensive end Osu Umenyiora holding out, second-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, a former first-round draft pick out of South Florida, has had an opportunity to shine throughout his first two games of the season. He has racked up eight tackles, 2.5 sacks, three tackles for a loss, and a forced fumble.
This week, he will line up across from Jason Peters, a perrenial Pro Bowl left tackle, with a mean streak. The Eagles offensive line has been shaky in their pass protection, so with Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck gunning for either Michael Vick, Mike Kafka, or Vince Young, Peters will need to hold his own at the point of attack to keep Vick from suffering another concussion.
Giants Pass Offense vs. Eagles Secondary
The New York Giants have been plagued by injuries thruoght the offseason, and now that trend has continued through the regular season, after losing wide receiver Domenik Hixon to an ACL injury.
Quarterback Eli Manning still has his favorite target in Hakeen Nicks, who has caught 11 passes for 160 yards and a score, along with Mario Manningham, who has caught 7 passes for 105 yards. Now, with Hixon out, Victor Cruz and Brandon Stokely will serve as the No. 3 and No. 4 receivers.
The Eagles "Dream Team" secondary has been shaky, as Asante Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Nnamdi Asomughua have combined for 13 tackles, four pass deflections, and just two interceptions.
Giants Rush Offense Vs. Eagles Front Seven
The Giants are built to run with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs holding down the backfield to limit Manning's errant throws. Bradshaw has rushed 28 times for 103 yards and a touchdown, while Jacobs has rushed 22 times for 79 yards and a score.
However, if the offensive line can't hold their own at the point of attack, look for Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins to feast on Eli Manning.