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Sunday Sept 24, 1:00 PM - Giants at Eagles

Giants (0-2) vs Eagles (1-1)
Last week the Eagles faced their old head coach Andy Reid when they traveled to Kansas City. They put up a good fight, but in the end lost to the Chiefs 27-20.
The Giants lost their Monday night home opener to the Detroit Lions 24-10. For the second week in a row, their offense has struggled to put points up on the board.

Giants - Lions Wrap-Up

Philadelphia Eagles
Last year the Eagles suddenly traded Sam Bradford away to the Minnesota Vikings just eight days before the season started. Carson Wentz didn't get much notice, but he went straight from rookie backup to starting quarterback for the full season. Wentz got off to a great start and in the first five games threw 7 touchdown passes and had just one interception. By the end of the season he had thrown 16 touchdowns, had 14 interceptions and 9 fumbles. Wentz also ran the ball 46 times for 15 first downs and 2 touchdowns, though he fumbled the ball 4 times on his running plays. Former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was signed to be the backup for Wentz.

Philadelphia Eagles Offense
They put a lot of pressure on Carson Wentz last year and still continue to do so. Over three quarters of the offensive plays called so far have been for passes, and Wentz has scrambled on eight and been sacked eight times. They had brought in former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount to strengthen the running game and he had 14 carries for 46 yards in the first game, but strangely just one carry negated by a penalty in the last one. Meanwhile Darren Sproles carried the ball 10 times and Wendell Smallwood had 3 carries. There were 4 by Wentz for a total of 17 runs compared to the 46 passes Wentz threw.
Head coach Doug Pederson had recognized an imbalance, though he called fewer runs in this game then he had in the opener, and didn't use Blount, who had 18 touchdowns with the Patriots last season, as the workhorse. Wentz's favorite target last season was tight end Zach Ertz. The Eagles traded away his second leading receiver Jordan Matthews to the Buffalo Bills. They're looking for 2015 first round pick Nelson Agholor to step up, and they signed on Alshon Jeffrey, a former Chicago Bear.

Philadelphia Eagles Defense
They can bring pressure. Defensive end Brandon Graham, defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan are responsible for six of the teams eight sacks so far in two games. Their gameplay, along with the rest of their up front unit, have helped keep some pressure off the secondary. Opposing quarterbacks need a little time to look downfield and it's not so easy going up against these guys. This week their secondary could really use that help. Cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jaylen Watkins are out, as well as safety Corey Graham. Safely Rodney McLeod is questionable and he would be missed defending against the run. Safety Malcom Jenkins will be playing and he is dangerous. Last game against the Giants, Jenkins picked off Eli Manning twice and returned one for a touchdown.

Giants Offense
Opposing teams know they can get to Eli Manning with their pass rush and Manning is playing like he doesn't trust his protection. His instincts are correct. He's been sacked a total of eight times so far and to put that in perspective, Manning was sacked only 21 times in all 16 games last season. The Lions sacked Manning five times last week and Ereck Flowers, who is in charge of Manning's blindside, gave up three of them. Right tackle Bobby Hart has been battling an ankle injury and will be out for this game. The only good news is that Odell Beckham Jr. played in his first game last week and he will be closer to his healthier self in this game.
If the offensive line can somehow manage to give Manning the little bit of extra time he needs to connect with promising rookie tight end Evan Engram and his other wide receivers, he should be able to exploit the Eagles secondary. The first step would be establishing some sort of running game that will have to be respected. A running back like Orleans Darkwa could get that respect with repeated opportunities, possibly more so than Paul Perkins.

Giants Defense
They have been mostly solid, allowing just three touchdowns in two games. Up front, Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison will be anxious to pressure Carson Wentz. Last season, the Giants intercepted Wentz three times in their two games. It looks like opposing teams have been able to run on the Giants - Dallas picked up 129 in the opener, and Detroit 138 last week, but that's thanks in part to early leads and the Giants offense. Unfortunately, middle linebacker B.J. Goodson has been ruled out for the second week in a row and will be missed. Calvin Munson filled in last week and should make his second straight start in Goodson's place.
Linebacker Keenan Robinson was cleared from the concussion protocol during the week and that will help. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins is questionable for this game. The Giants have not done their best in third down defense, but the Eagles last week found themselves in many third-and-long situations. That said, safety Landon Collins will have to be very aware of tight end Zach Ertz and running back Darren Sproles.

Overall
This game will complete the 'trifecta' from near the end of the last season where the Giants faced these same three teams in a row, Cowboys, Lions and Eagles. Those results were W-W-L. It's not going at all well this time around. This game will come down to a Giants offensive line that's been playing poorly holding up against the Eagles defensive front which has been playing well. That doesn't sound good, and the Giants will need a lot of things to break their way to win this one.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Giants (0-2) at Eagles (1-1)
Sunday at 8:30pm Raiders (2-0) at Redskins (1-1)
Monday at 8:30pm Cowboys (1-1) at Cardinals (1-1)
The Eagles and Cowboys are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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Giants have not won at Lincoln Financial Field since 2013.

Giants are the only team in the NFL that has yet to reach 100 yards rushing.

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