On the morning of the Cowboys game, I wasn’t convinced Dak Prescott was fully healthy. I also was pretty certain Amari Cooper still wasn’t fully healthy. It was enough for me to proclaim the Eagles would win the game and subsequently win the division.
The game itself didn’t surprise me much. We know the Cowboys are either really on or they’re really off and with the reports on Dak indicating he wasn’t anywhere near 100%, it was enough to convince me it was going to be one of those Cowboys games where they’d have lost to anyone. Speaking of health, the Eagles still aren’t healthy. It’s not promising for the long-term hope fans had for the season, but a division title should quell some of the frustration with the array of unfortunate injuries that occurred this season.
The playoff scenario for the Eagles is simple. If they beat the Giants, they’re in. If they lose to the Giants and the Cowboys lose to the Redskins, they’re in. That’s it.
Eagles vs Giants game preview
I’m not going to lie. This matchup doesn’t look great for the Eagles. Zach Ertz is nursing a bruised hip, while the rest of their receiving corps is still on ice. The Giants have also looked substantially better over the past two weeks on offense. Last week, Daniel Jones led the Giants with a whopping five touchdown passes.
Over the past two games, the Giants have scored 36 and 41 points. Saquan Barkley has been a beast and is looking more like the man we saw last season than the one who has been limited from injuries through most of the season.
The Eagles must plug the rush lanes and bottle up Saquan
The Eagles have been stout against the run all season. Last week, the Eagles held Ezekiel Elliott to just 47 yards on 13 carries. Two weeks prior to that, the Eagles held Saquan to just 66 yards on 17 carries. I realize the Eagles have struggled all season in the secondary, but if they can’t force the Giants to become more one dimensional, this game could really snowball against the Eagles.
The Eagles should continue using Miles Sanders all over the field
Last week’s game was a great indicator for what the Eagles plan on doing this week. Against the Cowboys, Miles Sanders touched the ball 20 times. He had five catches for 77 yards and 20 carries for 79 yards. It’s clear the lack of options in the passing game is forcing the Eagles to pivot, but I think it’s actually been good for them in some ways.
It shows the coaches are flexible and not too stubborn in their own schemes. It also allows us to see why they drafted a guy like Miles Sanders to begin with. Sanders’ versatility in the passing game makes him a valuable asset to the offense and presents the defense with more challenges.
PlaySugarHouse has the Eagles as -4 favorites over the Giants, with a total points line of 45. I’m not entirely sure why the Eagles are five-point road favorites, given how close this game was the last time these two played.
It’s also odd because the Giants have been much better offensively over the past two weeks and Saquan Barkley looks amazing again. I think the Eagles will come out motivated, but this game will be close throughout the duration. Daniel Jones should be able to handle the Eagles secondary to an extent and I expect Saquan to be much better than he was the first time around. I like the Eagles to win in a squeaker and take the division.