NFL Week 14 Picks: Eagles @ Giants

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IDecember 2, 2008

Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants

Sunday, Dec. 7 - 1:00 PM

The Giants are 11-1 and in the midst of an unbelievable season, while the Eagles stopped their season slide with a finally healthy team. The question now is which one of these storied division rival franchises will reign supreme on Sunday?

Three weeks ago, the Eagles were a disaster and could only muster up a tie against the Bengals. Two weeks ago, Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was benched at halftime after a terrible first half performance (only 59 passing yards, two interceptions, and one fumble).

But maybe Andy Reid still has some of that genius left in him that took the Eagles to the Super Bowl. The benching fueled McNabb as he returned last week and exploded against the Cardinals with four touchdowns and no turnovers.

RB Brian Westbrook was clearly finally healthy as he grabbed two of McNabb's touchdowns and ran for another pair. The Eagles finally soared again and flew high over the Cardinals on Turkey Day, defeating them 48-20.

The Giants played the Washington Redskins on Sunday for a rematch of the first game of the season, and the result was very much the same, with the Giants winning 23-7.

Week One, Giants QB Eli Manning ran for a touchdown. Week 13, he left the rushing touchdowns to two-thirds of the three headed rushing monster; Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward (Ahmad Bradshaw was out with a neck injury).

But Manning also got it done through the air, amassing 220 passing yards in the first half alone (he finished with 305), all without his star wide-out Plaxico Burress.

If you haven't heard about Plaxico yet, where have you been all week? He was initially ruled out of Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, and then shot himself in the leg when he fumbled his own loaded gun at a Manhattan club Friday night.

The Giants have proved that they can get it done without him this season, though, as he has missed games due to injury and suspension. This has opened the door for young wide receivers such as Domenik Hixon and Steve Smith.

This game will be a rematch of Week 10, when the Giants defeated the Eagles in Philadelphia 36-31. This game holds much more weight then that game, though, as a Giants win would secure the NFC East for them.

Points Per Game
Eagles Offense vs. Giants Defense - 26.6 (6th) vs. 17.2 (5th)
Giants Offense vs. Eagles Defense - 29.3 (1st) vs. 20.8 (11th)

Rush Yards Per Game
Eagles Offense vs. Giants Defense - 102.0 (24th) vs. 85.4 (5th)
Giants Offense vs. Eagles Defense - 160.2 (1st) vs. 93.5 (8th)

Pass Yards Per Game
Eagles Offense vs. Giants Defense - 254.8 (4th) vs. 193.7 (10th)
Giants Offense vs. Eagles Defense - 210.7 (16th) vs. 192.8 (9th)

Total Yards Per Game
Eagles Offense vs. Giants Defense - 356.8 (7th) vs. 279.1 (3rd)
Giants Offense vs. Eagles Defense - 370.8 (4th) vs. 286.3 (7th)


Westbrook will be ready to go this weekend, which is great news for the Eagles. But the Giants have won the last three contests between these two NFC East rivals and have looked unstoppable all season.

18-1 is starting to take on a completely different meaning...

Giants over Eagles.