Banged up doesn’t even start to explain the state of the Eagles’ roster. However they’re residence, they’re determined and up to now an enormous disappointment. Does anybody imagine the Giants will go into the Linc and rating a bunch of factors? Or that Daniel Jones will play an error-free sport?
Eagles 27, Giants 20
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox vs. Giants C Nick Gates
The 29-year-old Cox has not come near matching his 2018 output of 10.5 sacks, with simply 3.5 in 2019 and sitting at 1.5 after six video games this season. Nonetheless, he can sway a sport when he’s at his greatest. Gates, in his first yr at heart, acquired off to a rocky begin. Since then, it has not been easy crusing, however he’s rising extra acclimated to the place.
“I’m much more snug in there making the calls and simply having the ability to snap the ball not having to consider it anymore,’’ Gates stated. “I feel I’ve excelled fairly decently. The primary sport was undoubtedly one thing I wanted to study from. All people knew I didn’t have the best sport. It was undoubtedly completely different being on the market at heart. Yeah, it takes a few video games to get used to a unique spot.’’
Iron man will get dented: Each single defensive snap — all 329 of them — that’s what number of inside linebacker Blake Martinez took the primary 5 video games this season. He was knocked round within the victory over Washington — he had a game-high 14 tackles — and needed to go away the sector for six of the 73 defensive snaps whereas going by way of concussion protocols. He returned to complete out the sport and, except one thing occurs, might be on the sector for each snap in his first Giants-Eagles tussle.
“Clearly you wish to be a man that by no means misses any downs, any alternatives on the market on the sector,’’ Martinez stated. “I bear in mind I feel final yr [with the Packers] we have been up quite a bit within the Raiders sport and so they took us out. I don’t have to fret about some loopy lengthy snap streak that sure guys need to cope with.’’
Backside of the barrel: This sport “options’’ two of the lowest-rated quarterbacks within the league. Carson Wentz at thirtieth (71.2) and Daniel Jones thirty first (71.0). Wentz has extra passing yards (1,401 to Jones’ 1,223) but in addition has 9 interceptions (simply Kirk Cousins, with 10, has extra) to Jones’ six.
“You understand how it’s in Philly,’’ Joe Decide stated. “It’s an amazing city as a result of individuals are very important, are very exhausting on you. Generally, that highlights among the issues that aren’t going as effectively. While you look from a unique perspective and also you see how it’s a must to play the man as an opponent, you perceive the entire issues that he actually does effectively and what he actually has as strengths.’’
Blue Jersey: Jabrill Peppers grew up in East Orange, N.J., in a hotbed for Giants followers. So, he understands how the locals really feel concerning the Eagles down south on the Turnpike. Peppers helped stymie Washington on the decisive two-point conversion cease and he is aware of what’s subsequent.
“I do know what this sport means to me,’’ he stated. “I’ve by no means performed Philly but whereas enjoying for the Giants, so I’m undoubtedly enthusiastic about that.’’
Peppers has missed time (one sport and restricted in one other) with an ankle harm, and the Giants want him to be wholesome and an impression participant.
Block occasion: There are myriad explanation why the Eagles have dominated the Giants for the previous six years. One cause stands taller than the remainder: the lack of the Giants, when it counts, to maintain the Eagles’ go rushers off the quarterback. In six video games, the Eagles have 21 sacks — led by Brandon Graham (5), Josh Sweat (3) and Derek Barnett (2.5). The Giants are interchanging rookie offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart, which is extraordinarily uncommon. Will Peart (or Thomas) get some snaps at proper deal with instead of veteran Cam Fleming? There are shifting components right here.