#BlackSunday is finally here. The Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) will take on the New York Giants (3-2) tonight while the former wears their all-black uniforms for the first time in franchise history. The Eagles surely saved this debut for a big occasion.
It's a huge game. Two NFC East rivals are potentially battling it out for first place in the division. The Eagles would rise to 5-1 heading into their bye week with a victory over Big Blue. The G-men have the chance to extend their win-streak to four straight games. Having an early lead in what looks like a three-team race for first place in the NFC East can't hurt.
While New York enters this game scoring an average of 35 points per game and only allowing 17 points per game, the Eagles enter this game with question marks. It was just last week that the Eagles got up big on the St. Louis Rams by a score of 34-7 to only see that lead shrink to 34-28 by the end of the game. Instead of a dominating win, the Eagles barely managed to scrape by. That kind of effort did nothing to ease concerns about the legitimacy of this team despite their 4-1 record.
Philadelphia has an enormous opportunity tonight to prove their worth and cease the skepticism. Of course, it won't be easy. The Eagles just haven't made life simple for themselves in past weeks. It is no secret that the offense has struggled. Two of the unit's most important players have been off their game: quarterback Nick Foles and running back LeSean McCoy. Both are suffering from a weakened offensive line but both are also not always executing when opportunities are there.
This is an especially big test for Foles. To this point he has played one really good game through five attempts. Foles can't come up small in such a big division game. If he can get things going through the air, running room will open up for McCoy. From there it's up to McCoy to follow his blocks and make defenders miss. Both players really need to step up here. Everyone is just waiting for it to happen at this point.
If Philadelphia's defense plays anything like it has in recent weeks, there's reason to believe that they will be able to keep New York's offense in check. A shutdown performance is unlikely but the Eagles defense should be able to keep the game within reach for the offense. Let's not forget about the special teams match-up, either. The Eagles rank as one of the best units in the league while the Giants are closer to the bottom. Field position will be huge here.
It should be an awesome contest. There's been a lot of trash talk from both sides heading into this game. It's a big divisional match-up set to take place on Sunday Night Football. The whole nation will be watching as the Eagles debut their brand new all-black uniforms. The atmosphere at Lincoln Financial Field will be electric. This is easily one that could come down to the wire. It's hard to believe the Birds will have a major letdown here.
So, will the Eagles come out on top?
Bold prediction: LeSean McCoy 110+ yards rushing with 2 touchdowns