How rationally confident can you be about their chances of winning a game at this point? How can you think this is finally going to be the game where they bust out of their slump? Are you really going to be Charlie Brown falling for Lucy pulling the football away for the umpteenth time?
I guess I am. Because I’m 100% confident the Eagles are winning this game.
It comes back to this for me: the Eagles always own the Giants. They just do. They’re 18-4 in their last 22 meetings.
A common thread in those matchups is that Eli Manning has been New York’s starting quarterback for them all. He’s now back under center for this week’s game with Daniel Jones injured.
But certainly this is going to be Manning’s last hurrah, right? He’s going to torch this Eagles secondary not unlike Ryan Fitzpatrick did last week.
Nope. I don’t see it happening. Fitzpatrick isn’t totally washed like the soon-to-be 39-year-old Manning is. Manning’s not going to aggressively take shots down the field as much as he’s going to look to get the ball out quick and ineffectively dink-and-dunk. The Eagles’ defense is going to bounce back after last week’s awful performance.
Offensively, the Eagles are going to be able to take advantage of a Giants defense that’s just not very good. #Analysis. Seriously, though, look at their defensive depth chart. It’s Janoris Jenkins, some decent run-stopping defensive linemen who can’t generate pressure, and ... what else? The Giants rank 28th in defensive DVOA for a reason.
Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ passing attack was able to have some success against Miami’s awful secondary last week. That’ll continue here against a New York defense that ranks 30th in opponent yards per pass attempt (as opposed to 6th in opponent yards per rush attempt). Miles Sanders is going to account for some explosive plays as he looks to outperform college teammate Saquon Barkley. The Giants’ linebackers don’t stand a chance of covering the Eagles’ rookie rusher.
Still not convinced? Well, I can’t blame you, but ... I just can’t see Doug Pederson getting outcoached by Pat Shurmur. Shurmur is one of the least uninspiring football people I’ve ever been around. I really fail to see how he’s going to motivate this Giants team or out-scheme Pederson. Shumur’s a lame duck after going after 7-21 through his 28 games in New York, which brings him out to 17-44 in his entire head coaching career.
The Eagles are winning tonight. I don’t know about them going on a run beyond that. But they are going to beat the Giants, like they always do.
Score prediction: 35 to 10, Eagles win.
Bold prediction: Carson Wentz finishes the game with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
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