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Thursday Oct 11, 8:20 PM - Eagles at Giants

Giants (1-4) vs Eagles (2-3)
Last Sunday the Eagles hosted the Minnesota Vikings in a follow up of the NFC Championship game also played at home. Back then the Eagles beat them soundly 38-7, and went on to win in the Super Bowl. This time the Vikings got their revenge, and left town with a 23-21 win.
In their game, the Giants were up against a tough Carolina Panthers team. Despite trailing for most of the game, the Giants finally took the lead with about one minute left. The Panthers didn't have time to move the ball very far, but a 63-yard field goal gave them a 33-31 win.
Giants - Panthers Wrap-Up

Philadelphia Eagles
Last year former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was signed to be the backup for Carson Wentz. He suddenly found himself on the field in a game against the Rams when Wentz was injured. Foles led the team to a comeback victory. With Foles, the Eagles went on to next win over the Giants and Raiders before dropping a game to the Dallas Cowboys, where the outcome no longer mattered, as they were on their way to playoffs with home field advantage.
Foles quarterbacked the Eagles to
their first Super Bowl win in franchise history, and Wentz had surgery to repair a torn ACL. The Eagles had to restaff some positions and their new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach were promoted from their own ranks to make the transition easier. With Wentz still recovering, Foles was the quarterback for the first two games of this season leading the Eagles to one win and one loss. Wentz took over and won his first game back before losing the next two.

Philadelphia Eagles Offense
The Eagles have been scoring one less touchdown each game compared to last year, not the kind of start they'd like to have. While Nick Foles and Carson Wentz each have a higher completion percentage than they did last year the points haven't been coming. Tight end Zach Ertz and wide receiver Nelson Agholor are catching more passes on average than last year, but each has only one touchdown to show for it. They finished last season with eight apiece. So far there have been just six touchdown passes thrown over these first five games.
The Eagles likely knew that Carson Wentz would have less mobility this year, and have to lean on a strong running game to keep pressure off, but they couldn't afford to keep top running back LeGarrette Blount and let him walk. They figured to be fine using their second leading back Jay Ajayi, acquired from the Miami Dolphins in October last year. Ajayi has had knee issues and Darren Sproles was returning from a season ending knee injury. They also have Wendell Smallwood, second-year running back Corey Clement. How has all that worked out?
The running game has dropped from 3rd in the NFL last year to 16th, and Jay Ajayi, who had three rushing touchdowns, was just placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Sproles hurt his hamstring in the first game of the season, has missed the last four games, and is out for this one as well. Corey Clement played in the first three games, missed the last two with a quad injury, but will be back for this one. Smallwood is not the best blocker, but he and Clement look to carry the heavy load on Thursday with the Giants.
UPDATE - Right tackle Lane Johnson was downgraded to questionable with an ankle injury.

Philadelphia Eagles Defense
Their rushing defense is on par to where they were last year, very good. They are second in the league giving up less than 67 yards a game. They are strong up front. Fletcher Cox is one the NFL's best defensive tackles, and they added defensive end Michael Bennett this year. Opponents are almost forced to pass the ball, but the bad news for the Eagles, is that teams have been able to do it quite well. The Eagles secondary is giving up 50 more yards per game than they did last year.
Their top safetys, Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod were backed up by Corey Graham who was expected to retire, but the Eagles signed him to a one year contract. It was good that they did, because McLeod was placed on Injured reserve last month. Graham fills in for him, but he was injured on Sunday and will be out for this game. The Eagles are on the road for this game, and so far they have given up just about 10 points more a game than when they've played at home.

Giants Offense
They know that their defensive unit is getting the job done, and it's time to step up and do their part. The offensive line has just a few games under their belts playing together, and has been improving every week. In their first four games there were only three pass plays that went for 25 yards or more, and last week they had five. One of them was a Odell Beckham Jr. 57-yard touchdown pass to running back Saquon Barkley. It's too bad that Beckham's special teams play cost them a touchdown, but in any event, he knows how to catch a ball. Beckham caught 8 for 131 yards, and had one touchdown on Sunday.
The Eagles defense won't be easy to crack. They are tough up front, fourth in third down defense, and tied for fifth in red zone defense. The Giants wish they could have tight end Evan Engram back for this game, but that's not going to happen, and they'll also be missing wide receiver Russell Shepard. With Engram out again, and Rhett Ellison listed as questionable, Sterling Shepard will stay busy. Eli Manning is going to have to hope his line can handle things so he can take some shots downfield against cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills.

Giants Defense
The Eagles won't have a good running back solution figured out on such short notice, so with a ground attack easier to defend, the Giants will have an opportunity to focus more on the Eagles passing game. Carson Wentz put up some good numbers against the Vikings on Sunday. Wentz was 24-for-35 for 311 yards, with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions, but he took 8 hits and 3 sacks. One was a sack-fumble returned for a touchdown.
Over his three games returning from ACL and MCL surgery, Wentz has been sacked 11 times, and has run with the ball 10 times for 44 yards. Can the Giants get to him? So far the Giants pass defense hasn't been effective upfront, and they have only 6 sacks on the season, tied for last in the NFL. It looks like pass rusher Olivier Vernon will play after missing the first five games, but he might be limited.
With no pressure, Wentz would be able to use
tight ends Zach Ertz and rookie Dallas Goedert to keep the chains moving. Last week the defense did it's job, had the Panthers at near midfield, and a last-second 63 yard field goal did them in. In the first game with the Eagles last year, the Giants lost on a last-second 61 yard field goal, the longest ever kicked in a Giants game.

Every game seems like a must win when you're struggling with a losing record. In this crazy NFC East division, Washington is on top with a 2-2 record, and after this game has been played out, the other teams could be sitting with two wins to go along with either three or four losses.
That would happen if the Giants win this game. If they lose, the Eagles would have a 3-3 record, and the Giants would be at the bottom of the division at 1-5. They would have two division losses while the rest of the teams have none. It sure looks like the Giants are in a must-win situation.

NFC East Games
Thursday at 8:20pm Eagles (2-3) at Giants (1-4).
Sunday at 1:00pm Panthers (3-1) at Redskins (2-2).
Sunday at 4:25pm Jaguars (3-2) at Cowboys (2-3).
The Eagles and Cowboys are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.

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Giants Eli Manning completed 72 passes for 800 yards and 6 TDs in the last two games with the Eagles.

Giants Sterling Shepard has one touchdown in each of the four games he's played against the Eagles.

Giants have won just 5 of their last 20 games against the Eagles, and are 2-6 at MetLife Stadium.

Eagles have given up 10 more points per game on the road than at home in the last three years.

Eagles Kicker Jake Elliott is 8 of 10 on field goals, missing his two longest attempts, from 42 and 55 yards.
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