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Game 14 preview
Sunday Dec 17, 1:00 PM - Eagles at Giants

Giants (2-11) vs Eagles (11-2)
Last week the Eagles clinched the NFC East first division title with a 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Unfortunately they lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz in the process to a knee injury. Nick Foles took over and guided the team to two field goals to take the lead. Philadelphia's defense added to the score on the game's last play with a 16-yard fumble return.
The Giants came off their two game road trip and played in front of their home town crowd. While they looked good in the first half going toe to toe with the Cowboys, the Giants weren't able to score any more points. The defense gave up a few big fourth quarter plays that led to a 30-10 win for the Cowboys.

Giants - Cowboys Wrap-Up

Philadelphia Eagles
Just eight days before the season started, Carson Wentz became the starter last year for the Eagles. They had just traded Sam Bradford away to the Minnesota Vikings. The rookie quarterback was mobile and gave the Eagles some options that they would not have had with Bradford. Wentz ended up with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and the team finished up the season strong with three wins to give them a 7-9 record.
This year the Eagles picked up two free agent wide receivers for Wentz to work with, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. That was working well, and although Wentz had to rely heavily on tight end Zach Ertz, he's made good use of all his receivers. Wentz had surgery to repair his torn ACL this week. He finished the season with 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, while guiding his team to an 11-2 record.

Philadelphia Eagles Offense
Former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was signed to be the backup for Carson Wentz. He suddenly found himself on the field last week when Wentz was injured. It was late in the game and Foles threw only ten passes, with six being completed. Five completions were in the two drives that led to field goals to put the Eagles back in the lead. The big question is what will change with Foles starting in this game? Foles took one sack in his short stint last week, and if the Eagles want to make their playoff dreams come true, they can't afford to lose him.
You can expect them to lean heavily on the running game. In the first matchup with the Giants, running backs Wendell Smallwood and LeGarrette Blount ran for 138 yards, with the team totaling 193 yards on the ground.
The team is currently the second best in rushing yards in the NFL, and have been making good use of Jay Ajayi who was acquired from the Miami Dolphins in late October. He had his most carries last week (15), and averaged 5.2 yards a carry. The Giants can expect to see a lot of Ajayi and Blount coming their way.

Philadelphia Eagles Defense
They are partially responsible for the league high average of 31.1 points a game, having contributed four defensive touchdowns. They have a good pass rush with Tackle Fletcher Cox (5.5 sacks), and end Brandon Graham (8.5 sacks), and are also first in stopping the run, allowing just 71.2 yards a game. The defense hung tough last game against the Rams after seeing their nine game win streak come to an end the week earlier in Seattle.
There have been some missed tackles in the last couple of weeks, but they really buckled down after seeing their starting quarterback leave the game. T
he Rams gained just 10 yards on 12 plays which included a sack fumble. That put the ball at the Rams 25 yard line when the Eagles were trailing by one point. The defense is near the top in limiting opponents on third down conversions (30.2 percent), and they have intercepted 16 passes on the season.

Giants Offense
The Eagles had no choice in making a change in the starting quarterback position. The Giants have already done that twice. Steve Spagnuolo last week returned Eli Manning to the starting lineup, and that's the way it will be for this game. He still doesn't have much to work with except for wide receiver Sterling Shepard who sees a lot of coverage. That leaves throwing to tight ends, running backs, and no deep passes even if he has the time, which seldom happens. Wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. hasn't been the answer Last week on two third down passes he dropped one, and caught the other one short of the first down marker. Overall he caught seven out of eleven for 46 yards.

Giants Defense
Without Carson Wentz in the mix, the defense catches a bit of a break, because no matter who takes over, it will be a drop-off on what Wentz has been doing this year. Wentz has the Eagles ranked first in touchdown passes (33), points per game (31.1), and red-zone touchdown efficiency (67.4 percent). Nick Foles is more of a pocket passer and won't be maneuvering to extend plays the way Wentz can do. He'll be getting rid of the ball a lot quicker. In this game the Giants will see the Eagles running at them as Foles gets used to guiding his team. They'll be switching up their backs who have different running styles so they'll have to be alert up front as to who is on the field.
Tackle Damon Harrison is having an outstanding year, and will earn his money.
The Giants will likely be without safety Landon Collins, as he is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury, and he may miss a game for the first time in his three years with the team. Also, backup safety Nat Berhe is out with a hamstring injury. None of this is good news. Will cornerback Eli Apple play? He's been inactive for the past four games for one reason or another. Overall, the defense is ranked last in the NFL in yards allowed, and next to last in both run and pass defense.

A much better Giants team lost to the Eagles back in September. The game was all tied up at 24-24, and a last second 61 yard field goal kept the game from going into overtime, and it gave the Eagles the win. The Eagles can secure a first-round bye by winning this game, so they will have motivation.
You'll have to jog your memory a bit to realize that the Giants have been competitive over the last three games. Against the
Cowboys and Redskins, they were tied, and they trailed the Raiders by only three points going into the fourth quarter. That's when things really fall apart. Anything can happen, but In this game with the Eagles, it would seem to be a reach that they'll be that close when the fourth quarter starts.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Eagles (11-2) at Giants (2-11).
Sunday at 1:00pm Cardinals (6-7) at Redskins (5-8).
Sunday at 8:30pm Cowboys (7-6) at Raiders (6-7).
The Eagles, Redskins and Cowboys are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.

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