The Philadelphia Eagles 2015 regular season football schedule wraps up this week with a game against the New York Giants. This game is meaningless for both teams. They've already been eliminated from the playoffs. In advance of this game, I reached out to our friends over at Big Blue View. Ed Valentine kindly took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming matchup. Let's take a look at the answers.
1) For the second year in a row, the Eagles and Giants will play a meaningless game in Week 17. When we did this Q&A exchange last year, you told me wanting to see the Giants beat the Eagles was more important than rooting for draft position. Has that changed this year? Also consider the winner of this game has to play the Seahawks in Seattle next season while the loser gets to play the Rams at a neutral site in London. Do you really want to see the Giants to win this game?
-- Trips to London are weird, so I don't think it matters. I ALWAYS think it's important to win. The Giants have a young group and one of the things that needs to change is they have become used to losing. It's habit-forming and has to change. Besides, I never believe losing is a good thing. So, sure, I'd like to see them win.
2) Should this be the last game for Tom Coughlin and/or Eli Manning as a member of the Giants?
-- Manning is going nowhere. He got a lengthy contract extension before the year started, and he is their guy. Should it be TC's last game? I don't know because I don't know who is at fault for what. Will it be Coughlin's last game? Probably. After four straight playoff-less seasons of spinning their wheels I think they will try something different.
3) To what extent did this Giants season play out like you expected?
I thought the offense would be better. I thought the defense would be at least adequate. I thought the Giants would be better than this. So, probably not at all like I thought. I figured they'd be right there Week 17 competing for a playoff spot.
4) Chip Kelly owned the Giants. His Eagles were 4-1 against them. The Eagles outscored the G-Men by an average of 131 to 69 in that span, which averages out to 26.2 to 13.8 per game. The only game the Eagles lost is that one where an injured Michael Vick started and a rookie Matt Barkley took over. Are Giants fans glad to see Kelly fired?
-- I think Giants fans enjoyed watching the Eagles go up in flames thanks to Kelly and his over-sized ego. Why the Giants have pretty much melted down in fron of the Eagles the past few years is a mystery. It would be nice to see that change, even in a meaningless game.
5) Let’s hear a score prediction. Who do you think wins this meaningless game and why?
Don't really have any idea. I think a lot of guys will go through the motions. I'd like to think there are enough classy veterans on the Giants that they want to send Coughlin out with an effort he can be proud of. At least I hope so. Giants 30, Eagles 17.