Non Eagles fan offering my thoughts on the divisional playoff game b/n the Eagles and Giants. Can't wait for this one to play out. Okay, now to business. The Giants are the favorite, but there is no team in the NFC more capable of ending their season than the Eagles. Not saying it will happen, but here is why it COULD happen.
The absence of Plax Burress is huge in this game, and it showed the last time they played. Without him, the Giants don't have a receiver who commands double coverage, and that means more attention can be placed on stacking the box to slow down Jacobs and company. Toomer can still play, but this week he'll be lining up against Asante Samuel (who in my opinion is the premier corner in football). Philly has the edge on that one.
Also, the Eagles defense as a whole is championship caliber. Save the 40 yard TD run, they pretty much stifled the best back in football last week, and that secondary is one of the best. Manning will not beat the Eagles by himself. He's going to need help from his running game. Jacobs isn't the all around stud Peterson is, but with a full head of steam he's a nightmare for a defensive back. If the Eagles control Jacobs like they did Peterson, they have a real shot to be in the NFC title game.
Finally, the Eagles have Westbrook, who traditionally gives the Giants nightmares. Antonio Pierce is a proud man and won't talk about it, but dude needs to accept the fact that NO linebacker in football is a match for Brian Westbrook in the passing game. Period. And the Giants know full well that if they don't control Westbrook, they don't play in the NFC title game.