Two heated rivals will renew acquaintances on Sunday night in the City of Brotherly Love when the New York Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Television coverage is nationwide on WNBC (Channel 4 in New York) and on the radio at WFAN (660 AM). Both teams enter the contest at 2-1, but the Giants have lost six of their last seven meetings with the Birds.
Giants: Eli Manning (79-118, 1,011 yards, 5 TDs)
Eagles: Michael Vick (69-125, 905 yards, 3 TDs)
Giants: Andre Brown (33 carries, 184 yards, 3 TDs)
Eagles: LeSean McCoy (58 carries, 261 yards, TD)
Giants: Victor Cruz (23 catches, 279 yards, TD)
Eagles: Brent Celek (14 catches, 258 yards)
Giants: Antrel Rolle (21)
Eagles: Kurt Coleman (17)
Giants: Michael Boley (3)
Eagles: Kurt Coleman (2)
The Killer Bs stung the Carolina Panthers as Andre Brown ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns, and Ramses Barden caught nine passes for 138 yards, in the Giants' 37-6 victory. Despite missing three offensive starters, New York scored on its first four possessions to take a 20-0 first-half lead. Eli Manning completed 27-of-38 passes for 288 yards and a TD.
STATE OF THE G-MEN
The Giants arrive in Philadelphia ready, rested, and off their most complete and dominant performance of the young season. Manning leads the NFL in passing yards (1,001) and each week builds a greater case to being considered the best quarterback in the game.
"Right now, Eli is playing as good as any quarterback in the National Football League," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. "I mean, these last few games, he's been on fire."
While Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) returns to the starting lineup, Hakeem Nicks (foot/knee) has been ruled out for the second straight week. Either Barden or Domenik Hixon, back from a concussion, will start alongside Victor Cruz.
FLY EAGLES FLY
The Eagles are 2-1, but can easily be 0-3. After pulling Houdini acts the first two weeks of the season, the Birds turned the ball over three times, including two fumbles by Michael Vick, in a 27-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Vick (six interceptions) and the Eagles have a league-high 12 turnovers, with the quarterback taking the brunt of the blame that had many believing Reid is contemplating a change even though he has publicly endorsed his signal-caller.
"I'm very concerned about the turnovers," Vick said. "Being the competitor that I am, I understand that you have to protect the football. I cut back on the interceptions last week and had two fumbles but it's something that I know I can get corrected."
Vick has suffered from a lack of protection. Tackle Jason Peters (ruptured Achilles) is out for the season and his replacement, King Dunlap, was out last week with a hamstring problem.
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Giants' defensive line has combined for just six sacks, tied for 18th in the league, with Justin Tuck not on the board yet. The Eagles' patchwork offensive line and the Giants' past success in getting to Vick, has the front four frothing at the mouth. In the Giants' 29-16 win in Philadelphia last season, Vick suffered a broken hand and complained about the amount of hits.
Said Jason Pierre-Paul (1.5 sacks) this week with a smile: "We'll give him some more."
Even if the Giants rattle Vick, LeSean McCoy has feasted on Big Blue's rush defense. According to ESPN Stats and Info, McCoy has more rushes (71), rushing yards (416) and yards after contact (130) than any other Giants opponent since the start of the 2010 season. And if Vick is able to scramble successfully, he could pick apart a Giants secondary already without Jayron Holsley (hamstring), and both Antrel Rolle (knee) and Michael Coe (hamstring) questionable.
"It is going to be a huge challenge going down there. They are going to be really fired up. That's what you live for. That's why you play the game. You get excited for matchups like this." -- Justin Tuck
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