Eagles vs. Giants: 5 Reasons This Is New York's Most Important Game of 2011

Jeff Shull@Jeff_ShullAnalyst INovember 15, 2011

Eagles vs. Giants: 5 Reasons This Is New York's Most Important Game of 2011

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    This weekend on Sunday Night Football the New York Giants will welcome the Philadelphia Eagles to MetLife Stadium in what is one of the most important games of 2011 for both teams.

    The Giants are coming off a close loss to the 49ers—one that they let slip away with a late turnover—and the Eagles are coming off an embarrassing home loss to the Cardinals.

    Both teams will be motivated to show the national audience what they are made of, and this slide show will highlight five reasons why this is the most important game of the 2011 season for the Giants.

They Can Put the Eagles Away for Good

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    The Eagles have had one of the most disappointing seasons in their history, and it can all pretty much come to a complete end if the Giants come away with a win.

    At 3-6 the Eagles have little chance to make the playoffs, but the fact that some have still considered it a possibility shows how much hype they had coming in to this season.

    If the Giants can give them that seventh loss, it will be all she wrote.

They Have to Win Games They Are Supposed to

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    With games against Dallas twice, New Orleans, Green Bay, and the Jets all still remaining on the schedule, the Giants have to start winning games they are supposed to.

    They already have embarrassing losses to the Seahawks and Redskins, so they need to improve and stop playing down to their competition.

    The Giants are favored by three points this weekend; time to take care of business.

They Need to Keep Winning to Hold off the Cowboys

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    Over the next three weeks the Giants play the Eagles, Saints on the road and the Packers, while the Cowboys play the Redskins, Dolphins and Cardinals.

    It's very conceivable to think the Giants could be behind in the division when the Giants go to Dallas in Week 14.

    The Giants have a one game lead on the Cowboys so they have to take every opportunity to keep their lead.

Tom Coughlin Already Hearing About His Second Half Collapses

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    It's been one loss to the second best team in the NFC and Tom Coughlin is already hearing about his second half troubles from reporters.

    One way to get them to stop asking about it is to simply win a game you're expected to win. The Giants have been known to have let downs at home, and if it happens again you can be sure Coughlin will hear about the second half collapses even more.

    In the words of the late Al Davis, "Just win, baby."

The Division Could Come Down to Division Record

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    Easily the biggest reason this is the most important game for the Giants is the NFC East winner could very well be decided by division record.

    The way both the Giants and Cowboys are playing it is hard to believe either team will sweep the other, so there would be no head-to-head tie breaker.

    Sweeping the Eagles would not only give the Giants a confidence boost entering their two huge games against the Saints and Packers, but it would allow them to keep pace in the division (assuming the Cowboys beat the Redskins as they should).

    Many eyes will be watching on Sunday night, and the Giants will be out to prove they are legitimate contenders.