Fresh of a BYE, injury-free Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants play host to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.
- New York Giants (4-3)
- Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)
- NFL, Week 9, Sunday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m. ET on Fox
- MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Just one year after the NFC East was the worst division in football, it’s now boasting four top teams. One such team isn’t just good, it’s exciting.
With rookie No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz at the helm, the Philadelphia Eagles are flying high to begin the new campaign. Starting the season a shocking 3-0, they’ve fallen a bit by losing three of their last four games.
Conversely, the New York Giants have won their last two. A solid 23-17 victory at home against the Baltimore Ravens and a rough 17-10 win in London against the Los Angeles Rams may have looked ugly, but it’s done the trick in getting their record back to over .500 (4-3).
This one, on Sunday, will be key in determining placement in the division over the last eight games of the season.
The bad news for Big Blue is both safety Darian Thompson and defensive end Kerry Wynn will miss the game. The phenomenal news comes by way of Odell Beckham Jr. now sporting a clean bill of health. He isn’t on the injury report despite calling himself 85-90 percent healthy earlier in the week.
Keys for the Giants
It’s almost so sensical that it feels wrong in stating it, but Steve Spagnuolo must make sure his unit gets pressure on the Eagles young, impressive QB. While Wentz has looked impressive, he’s still a rookie.
Explode in the Passing Game:
How did the Giants recent mini two-game winning streak begin? Well, simply put, it came because OBJ find free space against the Ravens.
Philly ranks 31st in pass defense on the season. Even without the running game — something we all know the Giants don’t possess — Eli should have no issues finding his three stud wideouts. Whether it’s Beckham, Victor Cruz, or Sterling Shepard, explosive plays in the first half will be key to a New York victory.
Philly is much improved from a season ago. Doug Pederson and Wentz have something special boiling. But 2016 won’t be their season.
The Eagles are at least one year away and the Giants will capitalize on that raw personnel grouping on Sunday.
New York Giants 31, Philadelphia Eagles 21