Eagles-Giants Preview NFL 2017 week 3

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Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters (L) swaps uniforms with New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (R) after a game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles are back home. The Eagles will have their home opener Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST to face the New York Giants. This is a huge divisional game and will show if the Eagles have what it takes to win the division and make it to the playoffs. The Giants have had a rough opening of the season and they have went 0-2 with only one touchdown. They do have a nasty defense but their offensive line is destroying any playoff hopes they have. Doug Pederson and the Eagles have gotten scrutinized over the past few days for the lack of a run game. So this will be a test for both teams to prove their doubters wrong on their pivotal outliers to their teams. The Eagles have had their way lately with the Giants as they are 6-2 against them since 2013.

Offensive Preview

Last week’s against the Chiefs really aroused some concerns about Doug Pederson. His willingness to not run the ball hasn’t fared well with the Philly faithful. Carson Wentz was forced to throw the ball 46 times because of a lack of a run game. For the better part of the game he was under pressure, Seumalo gave up a grand total of three sacks and a majority of the pressures. That was Isaac’s second consecutive bad game which resulted in him splitting reps with former first round pick Chance Warmack in practice. The starter for Sunday has not officially been announced yet but it is looking like Warmack will be the one out there according to other Eagles players. Pederson will look to quiet the ever so destroying narratives against his ability to coach this week against a stingy New York Giants defense. The Giants have been a little out of sorts this year when it comes to stopping the run. The Giants are currently ranked 28th in run defense this year after being tied for third last year. The Giants main strength on defense is definitely their pass defense as they have a great secondary with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Landon Collins, and Janoris Jenkins. They also have some great pass rushers in Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon. With this great pass defense, Carson Wentz will have his hands full. It is time for the Eagles to be a little more of a balanced offense and find their identity on the ground. This will involve them having to find a running back who will be able to handle a workload or they have to go to a committee. Undrafted rookie Corey Clement currently has no carries going into week three, it is time to give him a shot and let him prove why he should be in this league. The LeGarrette Blount experiment has not worked as planned up to this point, and Wendell Smallwood has been pretty disappointing. Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz will look to branch off of their solid games against the Chiefs. Torrey Smith with a little more concentration can make the Eagles receivers a force to be reckon with. Nelson Agholor will also seek some actual consistency in his game as he was invisible nearly all of last week after a solid season opener. Ertz is the one most likely to continue his excellence as the Giants have struggled to cover tight ends. The Eagles will look to make the offense more balanced in an ever so important divisional game against the Giants.

Defense Preview

This Giants offense has looked absolutely atrocious; they only have scored one touchdown through eight quarters. Their offensive line is most likely the worst in the league, big thanks to left tackle Ereck Flowers. They have given up eight sacks through two games, which is tied with the Eagles towards the bottom of the league. Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and the rest of the line will look to feast on this porous line and stuff the run game. Eli Manning has regressed immensely since last year and the run game is non-existent. That is in most part because of their trash offensive line. The biggest problem is that star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t been healthy and was even forced to miss the first game. This unit has failed to score over 20 points in the last eight games. This is just the rebound game the Eagles need after a rough fourth quarter against the Chiefs. Hard hitting safety, Rodney Mcleod has been banged up this past week, and is doubtful against the Giants. The Eagles secondary found a way to control Tyreek Hill last week as he was held to 43 yards on four receptions. The biggest question is how healthy Odell Beckham Jr. is, if healthy he poses a big problem to the Eagles secondary.

Special Teams Preview

Eagles special teams performed uncharacteristically last week. A Darren Sproles fumble on a punt return and a Jake Elliott missed field goal gave the Chiefs the extra momentum to take control of the game The Giants also had themselves a not so delightful week as they let up a punt return touchdown to rookie Jamal Agnew and Brad Wing just looked flat out terrible. Giants have a terrible special teams unit and the Eagles should look to take advantage of that. Darren Sproles will look for some open field to take one to the house. Special teams play shouldn’t be as big of a factor this upcoming game, but Jake Elliott should look to redeem himself and avoid any missed field goals.

Prediction

This should be an absolute onslaught for the Eagles. Giants just don’t look like a good team and the Eagles will have their home fans behind them. To add insult to injury the Giants will be coming off a short week of rest.

Eagles win 33-6

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