The nearly winless New York Giants come to town on Sunday. All signs point to Michael Vick starting at quarterback for the Eagles. This is a very winnable game for Philadelphia. The Giants are a horrible team that look bad in all phases.
On offense, NYG only scores 18 points per game. They don't take care of the ball. 24 Giveaways leads the NFL and contributes to their league-worst turnover differential of -14. Brandon Jacobs, who is listed as doubtful on the injury report, is their leading rusher (154 yards). That's sad.
Things aren't much better on the other side of the ball. New York has allowed 36 ppg, second worst in the NFL. Due to the combination of their poor offense and defense, they have a league second worst point differential of -90. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars are worse.
Even special teams has been a disaster for the Giants. Football Outsiders ranks their ST unit 31st, which is yet again good for second worst. It's almost like there's a theme here, you see?
New York is coming off a win, but I wouldn't say they have any kind of "momentum". Beating the Vikings at home isn't exactly an accomplishment. Josh Freeman, completely new to the Vikings, had maybe one of the worst performances of a quarterback ever. Freeman almost made Nick Foles' horrible performance against Dallas look competent.
The biggest concern for Philadelphia is Michael Vick's status. Vick practiced this week as a full participant but it doesn't seem like he's truly 100% healthy. Just how effective will Vick be? And if he has a setback, Matt Barkley being the next man up isn't exactly encouraging. Fortunately for the Eagles, they don't have to go all out to beat this horrible Giants' squad. What they do need to do is avoid beating themselves, much as the Vikings did against NYG. That means no turnovers. New York will likely make mistakes of their own. It's up to the Eagles to capitalize on them. Sunday is another week for the Eagles' defense to prove they are truly progressing.
A win is essential. Get back to .500 with a 4-4 record and the Eagles are still very much in this division race. Dallas plays at Detroit and that game could go either way, but in the best case scenario Dallas loses and they're 4-4 as well. It is all evened up except with them having the tiebreaker.
Sunday is the meeting of the streaks. The Giants have lost straight 8 games, and the Eagles have lost 9 straight home games. The last time the Eagles won was against the Giants, funny enough, on September 30, 2012. Something has to give.
End the (home losing) streak!