The Eagles look to get back on track and it all starts with an NFC East showdown against the New York. Losers in three straight home games, the Eagles will try to climb to the top of their division by sweeping the Giants this season. Here are the crew’s predictions for the game:
ALEX WHITNEY (6-4)
When will the bleeding stop for the Eagles? The Giants are on a little bit of a win streak after beating the 49ers and Buccaneers. The Eagles, on the other hand, are on a two-game losing streak and coming off a massive blowout loss to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The Eagles secondary is thin, to say the least. It is possible that the Eagles go into the game with Chandon Sullivan, Devaunte Bausby, and Cre’von Leblanc as the only healthy corners. Who? Exactly. These three individuals weren’t on the roster as of a few weeks ago. If Rasul Douglas isn’t able to go, OBJ and Sterling Shepard could have a field day against the Eagles. If the Birds plan on winning, they will need to find a way to contain Saquon Barkley. For some reason, I feel the Eagles can squeak out a win, but it could be ugly.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Giants 21
JOE FABIANI (4-6)
The Eagles head into this matchup searching for answers after an embarrassing loss to the Saints. They have not been able to establish an identity on either side of the ball this season as they continue to lose starters. The Eagles defensive line will receive a boost as Timmy Jernigan is expected to play for the first time this season. The Giants are coming in after winning two straight. This is a game that will come down to the trenches. The Eagles defensive line has the edge against the Giants O-Line. However, if they don’t show up, Eli may be able to take advantage of a depleted Eagles secondary. I do believe the Eagles defensive line will put pressure on Eli in this one and force a rare turnover, something the defense has struggled to do all season.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Giants 17
KEVIN MEANS (4-6)
It was ugly last week for the Eagles and no one can deny that. On the other hand, the Giants are on a two-game win streak. With the Eagles secondary possibly missing their top-five cornerbacks, it will be very difficult (nearly impossible) to slow down the OBJ and Sterling Shepard even with Eli Manning throwing the ball. The Eagles main focus on defense should be to do whatever it takes to stop Saquon Barkley and hope that Eli makes his typical mistakes. After last week, it was very clear that their need to be some changes made in the offensive scheme. Look for some big changes in the offense and for Carson to calm down at the line of scrimmage, taking it back down to the basics. Getting the run established early with Josh Adams will be a huge factor for the Eagles in order to open the rest of the field up and I believe they will be successful in doing so. After a slow-paced, run-heavy, first half, both teams will get things going but Carson Wentz will lead the Eagles down the field for a game-winning score.
Final Prediction: Eagles 34, Giants 31
ERIC FENSTERMAKER (4-6)
Final Prediction: Eagles 31, Giants 20
TYLER EDGERTON (3-7)
Left for dead, the Giants are playing some inspiring football right now and have put together a winning streak for the first time since Week 14 and 15 of the 2016 season. It’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles respond after being blown out by the Saints and hearing a ton of scrutiny this week. The Giants should be able to score against an Eagles secondary that is on life support. In order for the Eagles to win this week, they must shut down the running game or the Giants. An active Timmy Jernigan would go a long way, however, if Barkley has a field day so will the Giants. In a league of record-setting offense, the Eagles are struggling to score. I expect Wentz to bounce back after his worst game since coming into the league. Eagles pull out the victory and hang around in the NFC East for another week.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Giants 24
TYLER QUILL (3-7)
Contrary to popular belief, the Eagles season is not over. This game, however, is a must win if they want to remain in contention for the division. Due to injuries in the secondary, the Eagles will be using three guys they found playing turkey-day touch football on a local high school football field at cornerback. This will be a rough game for the secondary, having to deal with OBJ, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. Oh yeah, the Giants also have that Saquan Barkley guy who is pretty good as well. Enter QB Carson Wentz. The Eagles franchise QB had a rough game last week against the Saints. This week, Wentz will need to get the offense rolling in order to make up for the band-aid defense. I expect Carson to start to build a rapport with WR Golden Tate and both will have a big day. Add in a few big catches for Ertz and Jeffery and the Eagles win the shootout.
Final Prediction: Eagles 31, Giants 28
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