The New York Giants faceoff against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. Here’s what you should know.
By Vincent Rapisardi
Yes, the New York Giants are in first-place. But, there is sometimes a worry that even when they (really, any good NFL team) play what seems to be an inferior opponent, that there is a chance for a trap game.
Especially when it’s a division rival.
Well, tonight on Monday Night Football, they face a Philadelphia Eagles team coming off a 39-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints, but overall, it’s been an unimpressive start for Philly thus far in the regular season.
I understand this Eagles group has completely changed their personnel over the offseason, but they’ve ranked 2nd and 5th in total offense in both seasons under head coach Chip Kelly.
So the question shouldn’t be about if Philadelphia will turn it around offensively, but rather when.
This season they rank 27th in total offense, but they might be even more anemic than numbers can explain.
Quarterback Sam Bradford has recorded a passer rating below 80 in three of his five games, starting running back DeMarco Murray is averaging 2.7 yards per carry, and their first-round wide receiver Nelson Agholor has eight receptions on the season.
Last week’s victory over the Saints was definitely a step in the direction, but now it’s about consistency.
And even with Philly’s tough 2-3 start to the season, Chip Kelly has led the team to a 3-1 record since his hiring against the Giants. Averaging 26 points in those four contests, showing the effectiveness of a fast-paced offense on a team that doesn’t seem to have to personnel to slow it down.
Last season, the Giants were shutout in Philadelphia 27-0, a game that ended the season of wide receiver Victor Cruz after a knee injury in the end zone.
On defense, the Giants have allowed the most fourth quarter points in the league this season. Mainly, due to an irrelevant pass rush late in games.
I think we all need to keep a keen eye on if New York does take a lead into the second half, if they can put a team away in a tough away atmosphere.
A couple of positives heading into tonight’s matchup: both wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Ruben Randle are expected to play, as is linebacker, Jon Beason.