NFL 2008 Week 14: Eagles Not Likely to Catch Giants Off-Guard This Week

Dean MikelisCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2008

The Eagles travel 90 miles up the New Jersey Turnpike to take on the NFC leading Giants in the midst of the Plaxico Burress saga.

This is the second meeting between the Eagles and Giants this season. The Eagles come off of a convincing 48-20 Thanksgiving Day victory over the Cardinals, while the Giants defeated the Redskins in Washington, 23 - 7 last Sunday.


With just 4 games remaining in the regular season the Eagles playoff hopes are still alive.

The Eagles chances are dim at this point, but not impossible especially if they can finish strong as they trail the Panthers (9-3), Falcons (8-4), Cowboys (8-4), Redskins (7-5) for the two NFC Wild card spots.


There is hope as the Eagles have an exemplary track record finishing out seasons.

In November and December games, the Eagles are 2nd in the NFL in overall winning (.688) and road winning percentage (.724) since 2000. Furthermore, since 1999, the Eagles are 22-11 against NFC East division rivals in November and December.


Meanwhile, the Giants are on the verge of clinching the NFC East and are on track to finish with home-field advantage.

On the field the Giants have been nothing less than dominate as they look to win their 8th straight game, the NFC East title, and earn a first round playoff bye all in one shot against the Eagles this Sunday.

However off the field, the Plaxico Burress saga hit its high point as the Giants receiver has been suspended for the remainder of the season (placed on the reserve / non- football injury list) & has been charged with 2 illegal weapon possession felony counts after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at the LQ Nightclub in New York.


Can the Eagles Catch the Giants Off-Guard this Week?


The answer is No.

This is definitely a contrarian pick & goes against the grain as the last thing to expect is such a solid Giants victory. The Eagles won't catch the Giants off guard. This week's Plaxico Burress Saga will not interfere with the Giants when it comes to getting down to business.


McNabb has had an up-and-down season.

Taking two games to respond after the 13 - 13 tie fiasco against the Bengals (NFL 2008 Week 11) and the drubbing 36 -7 in Baltimore is not the mark of an NFL playoff team. The victory over the Cardinals (3-4 road record) last week in the end will not be a rallying point for the Eagles this season.

The Eagles above average defense won't be able to contain the Giants offense (leads NFL in points scored & rushing offense) nor will they contain the Giants passing attack.


For you Star Trek fans, the Giants appear to have a Borg-like quality to them this season.

On the surface, the Giants appear indifferent to off-the-field distractions, shrug off injuries as reserves from their "Collective" come up big when thrust into the spotlight & adapt to whatever their opposition throws their way.

In the end, expect the Giants to assimilate the Eagles by a final score of 38 to 14.


Eagles Visit NFC East Division Leading Rival Giants in Midst of Burress Saga