The Philadelphia Eagles are back at Lincoln Financial Field to host the New York Giants on Christmas Day. In order to preview their Week 16 matchup, I reached out to our enemies over at at Big Blue View. The educated Ed Valentine took the time to answer my questions about this upcoming battle. Let’s take a look at the answers. [For my answers to Ed’s questions about the Eagles, check out BBV.]
1 - The Giants had a three-game win streak going before decisively losing to the Saints. What went wrong and do you think those struggles will persist?
That three-game winning streak was going to end. Let’s be honest, it was a straw house. The Giants always beat Washington, which is not a good team with a head coach who is going to be fired. New England is terrible and the Giants only managed to win that game by a lovely 10-7 score because of how bad the Patriots are. The Green Bay win was nice, Tommy DeVito was a great story leading a last-second game-winning drive.
The Giants, though, are not a good offensive football team. DeVito, as much as fans love him, was undrafted for a reason. The offensive line isn’t good. If the Giants’ defense doesn’t create turnovers — and it created 12 during that winning streak — the Giants don’t have a chance.
2 - Tommy DeVito. What are his strengths and weaknesses?
DeVito has swagger. He has personality. He has confidence. He believes he can be an NFL quarterback, and he’s made players and fans believe in him. He’s not afraid. He can throw the ball accurately, and he can run a little bit. He has managed games well recently and not turned the ball over. On the flip side, his inexperience shows. He holds the ball too long at times, taking sacks and bringing pressure upon himself. Life is good until his first read is covered, or he sees a coverage he doesn’t quite understand. As accurate as he can be, I question his actual arm strength.
3 - What’s one matchup that you think favors the Giants in this game?
Maybe it’s a cheap shot, but there’s no chance James Bradberry can run with Darius Slayton or Jalin Hyatt. Bradberry gets matched up with either of those players, the ball HAS to go there.
4 - What’s one matchup that you think favors the Eagles in this game?
The one that SHOULD favor the Eagles is their front seven against the Giants’ offensive line. But, I’ve been confused as to why Philly’s front seven hasn’t been as dominant as the names on the jerseys lead you to believe it should be.
5 - Who wins this game and why? With DraftKings Sportsbook listing the Eagles as 11.5-point home favorites, what’s your score prediction?
The Eagles win this game. That spread is a big number and I wouldn’t be comfortable giving it if I wanted to put money on the Eagles. I will take the Eagles by something like 24-14.
BONUS CONTENT: John Stolnis talked to Ed Valentine to preview Eagles vs. Giants for this week’s episode of Eye On The Enemy on BGN Radio.