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The 3-4-1 *first-place* Philadelphia Eagles head up the New Jersey Turnpike to visit the 2-7 New “York” Giants in their first road game in more than a month, and their first trip out of the state since October 2. After a Thursday night game, a Sunday night game, and then a bye week, it will be strange to have the Birds playing in their typical 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon slot; how will the game go? The guys take a swing at it below.
John was the last one to record a victory – which, it should be noted, Joe has yet to concede, and is planning a press conference at the Marriott to discuss it – so he will go first.
John (1-4-3): The Eagles defense should be able to win this one on its own, but the problem for Doug Pederson’s squad is on the offensive side of the ball. It will be hard for the unit to click after a bye week and recent virtual meeting protocol, but security blanket Dallas Goedert will lead the way. Eagles tight ends typically fare well against the Giants and Goedert will not have to share the load with Zach Ertz this week.
Look for Brandon Graham and the defensive line to get pressure on Daniel Jones, allowing the secondary to get a few turnovers. The secondary came up short several times against the Cowboys, so look for them to get a relative glut of turnovers in their return from the bye. Eagles 24, Giants 21.
Offensive Standout: Dallas Goedert
Defensive Standout: Rodney McLeod
Joe (4-1-3): I just want to clarify, that press conference is being held at a carryout pizza place. Sorry for the confusion.
After a few weeks in which Philadelphia became a Union town, and then America’s daddy once again, it’s easy to forget that the Eagles exist. HAHAHAHA YEAH RIGHT, they’re still literally all anyone talks about, including the two guys who spent a half hour comparing Carson Wentz to every other starting quarterback in the league.
This week, the Eagles head to MetLife Stadium for their return engagement with the Giants. Three weeks ago, the Giants held a double-digit lead in the fourth before Wentz and company snatched it away for a much-needed divisional win. I expect it to not be so difficult this time.
Wentz’s counterpart on Sunday will be second-year man Daniel Jones. Now best known for tripping over the 25-yard line in Week 7, Jones has posted a 5-16 career record as a starter, which might not seem so bad when you consider what team he plays for, but dig a little deeper: Jones is 4-0 against the Washington Football Team, and 1-16 against everybody else in the NFL. That one, by the way? It came in a wacky game in Tampa, where the Buccaneers held a 28-10 halftime lead, Jones engineered a second-half comeback that culminated in him scoring the go-ahead touchdown himself, and the Buccaneers’ kicker missed a 34-yard chip shot that would have won it. Oh, and that was Daniel Jones’ first career start.
Jones is on a 16-game non-Washington losing streak. The Eagles are on an eight-game winning streak against the Giants. It could be a recipe for both runs to end, but I think the bye week will serve the Eagles well. An early touchdown will set the tone, as will a defensive score. Carson Wentz will be the king of Philadelphia again, at least for a week. Eagles 31, Giants 10.
Offensive Standout: Carson Wentz
Defensive Standout: Darius Slay