After a tough loss last week, the team finally comes home to Philadephia for the first time this season. The Eagles will take on a struggling Giants team looking to save their season in the 2017 home opener at 1 pm at Lincoln Financial Field. Can the Eagles improve to 2-0 in the division while also burring a division opponent in the standings? Here is the crew’s predictions for the game.
Tyler Edgerton (2-0)
Injuries will play a big factor on the field Sunday for both squads. The Eagles are hoping that Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, and/or Jaylen Watkins can return to the field to help out a depleted secondary from last week’s slugfest. The Giants, on the other hand, are hoping to get back Janoris Jenkins and B. J. Goodson on the defensive side, while Odell Beckham Jr. continues to nurse a sore ankle. Either way, this game has to be won in the trenches.
We all know the Giants offensive line is not very good, but the Eagles are struggling a bit as well. It looks like Chance Warmack will make his first appearance as an Eagle in order to get the run game going. Expect the Eagles to pin their ears back after the Giants struggle to run the ball. Offensively, the Eagles will continue to utilize play action to take some deep shots. Some believe this will be an easy win for the Eagles, but don’t be shocked if Giants run some trick plays or go for it on 4th down a few times. Jordan Hicks seals it with a late interception as the Eagles improve to 2-1 on the schedule, and beat the Giants for the 6th time in the last 7 matchups.
Final Prediction: Eagles 20, Giants 17
John Purificato (2-0)
The Eagles are coming off a tough loss to the Chiefs, where the defense kept them in the game until the 4th quarter. On the other hand, the offense showed a glimpse of hope, but could not execute early and had a late turnover that ultimately sealed their fate.
Week 3 has a desperate Giants team coming to Philadelphia for the home opener. The Giants offense has struggled (averaging only 6.5 points per game) but Odell is getting healthier each week. New York will come in and try to start fast with a quick passing attack and try their best to establish the run. On defense, the Giants have two great DE’s who will follow the Chiefs’ method and pressure Wentz early and often. If star cornerback Janoris Jenkins plays, don’t expect a lot from, Alshon Jeffery. The key to the game for the Eagles will be establishing the run, and on defense pressuring Eli. I see the Eagles doing both of these, and the home crowd may be the biggest factor. The Eagles control this game from start to finish.
Final Prediction: Eagles 30, Giants 17
Brett Santos (0-2)
In a game where it seems like people are assuming it’s over before it even starts, the Giants have started the season on an absolutely awful note and are not given a chance. Eli Manning has struggled, the offensive line is a mess, and the run game is virtually non-existent. One thing the Giants have not had so far is a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. While Odell did play last week, he was playing through an injury and was basically a decoy, playing only 34 snaps.
This week I think we will see a healthy dose of Beckham and I believe he will have a big day against a banged-up Eagles secondary. With all the other weapons on offense, Eli Manning could back on track and have an efficient day throwing the football. While the offensive line of the Giants is awful, I think after all the negative coverage that has been put on them all week they will have a bit of a bounce back. Both defenses will live up to their hype and contain the opposing offenses for most of the day.
Despite expectations, I believe the Eagles will again struggle to run the football. Wentz is going to throw the ball a ton, and I think he and Manning put up similar numbers. It’s going to be a defensive battle, but I think playing with their season on the line, the Giants are going to be up to the test.
Final Prediction: Eagles 16, Giants 20
Matthew Scott (2-0)
The Giants have a defensive front very similar to the Eagles. Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon rarely come off the field while Damon “Snacks” Harrison cleans up in the middle against the run. While the Eagles try to figure out an offensive line pairing that works, Wentz is lucky he has the speed and agility to scramble. As much as I hope for an Eagles win, my heart says an angry Giants team pulls out a win on the road to save their season.
Final Prediction: Eagles 7, Giants 17
Joe Fabiani (1-1)
The Eagles come into this Giants game off a tremendous effort against a Chiefs team that could very well be the best in the NFL this season. I believe the Eagles will try to get ahead early and look to get their running game going. On the defensive side of the ball, I would expect the Eagles defensive line to be aggressive against the Giants line that has been atrocious so far this season. So much so that Eli Manning looks to be a shell of himself. If the Eagles are able to have their way at the line of scrimmage, I expect 3 turnovers created. The Giants must play a perfect game to beat this hard-nosed Eagles team. Jim Schwartz knows what he needs to do, as the Eagles crowd gets rowdy around a defensive domination.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Giants 17
Tylar Pomroy (0-2)
The Eagles are back at the Linc for their second divisional matchup in three weeks against the struggling Giants. Eli and company have had very bad outings the last two weeks where their offensive line has failed to protect their quarterback. Their defense hasn’t been able to prevent anything, and the “great tandem of Odell Beckham Jr and Brandon Marshall has been M.I.A.
This game is going to come down to more than just mistakes from the Giants. The Eagles offensive line simply has to play better so that the Eagles can develop a run game. Wentz hardly ever had any protection and it’s beginning to look like he’s unable to throw a screen pass. Though the Eagles extremely are limited in the secondary, it seems as if the Giants offense is going nowhere fast.
Final Prediction: Eagles 21, Giants 14