Last season, the New York Giants’ playoff hopes were dashed by the Philadelphia Eagles in the greatest comeback in NFL history. Revenge has come in the form of a Week 11 matchup against the sputtering Eagles with an opportunity to deliver them with a season-ending knockout blow in MetLife Stadium.
The Giants return home after a devastating loss to the surprising San Francisco 49ers and hope to right the ship against a crumbling divisional rival. Murmurs have already begun about the Giants’ inability to play well in the second half of the season and bad memories of their countless collapses under head coach Tom Coughlin have Giant fans cautiously optimistic with the Eagles—last season’s dagger—coming into the Meadowlands.
The Eagles, meanwhile, have been more so a nightmare for Philadelphia than the “Dream Team” they appeared so certain to be. Head coach Andy Reid and his boys have lost three of their last five games—their most recent loss perhaps their most disappointing came this past week against the lowly Arizona Cardinals and their backup quarterback, John Skelton.
With the Giants' eyes set on a playoff appearance, they must turn it around quickly against an Eagles team that has severely underachieved. Their 29-16 victory in Week 3 was a start, but now they must finish the Eagles off once and for all to keep pace in the NFC.
Let’s look at the keys to a successful Giants football game in Week 11.