Eagles Vs Giants Week 8 Preview

October 31st, 2009 by Johnny G | Filed under Eagles, Football, General.

The last time these two teams met it was in the 2008-2009 NFL playoffs, where the Giants’ quest for a repeat was cut short by the Eagles. Will this New York Giants team be looking for revenge? Will the Eagles be able to run their offense efficiently without Brian Westbrook? Will the Eagles defense be able to stop the two headed running back combo in Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw? These are all questions that will decide which team comes out on top Sunday afternoon.

The New York Giants (5-2) come into Philadelphia (4-2) holding just a half game lead over their division rivals, making this game as important as a Week 8 game can be. The Giants came out to start the season clicking on all cylinders, going 5-0 in their first five games but then fell back to earth by losing their last 2 games. As many can see the performance of the Giants can be tied to the performance of their quarterback Eli Manning, during their 5-0 stretch to start the season, Manning threw 10 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions. Meanwhile during this two game losing streak he has thrown for 2 touchdowns and 4 picks. If the Eagles defense can get pressure on Eli early this could be a long day for him.

The key for the Eagles will be establishing the run and protecting Donovan Mcnabb. With Brian Westbrook being a game-time decision, the Eagles may have to play this entire game with Lesean Mccoy as their only real running threat. Although Mccoy has not dissapointed to this point in the season, this stellar Giants defense will be the first real test for him and the entire Eagles offense as a whole. It is going to be a tough task for this Eagles Offensive line to keep Mcnabb off the ground. With the relentless pass rush of Osi Umenyora and Justin Tuck they have combined to be one of the top pass rushing duos in the NFL. As many Eagles fans painfully remember, Umenyora thoroughly abused Winston Justice on national television en route to 6 sacks against Mcnabb and disrupting any sort of gameplan for the offense.

This game all comes down to protecting the QB and whichever team keeps their QB off the ground will most likely win this football game. Both Eli Manning and Donovan Mcnabb do not deal with pressure very well and in Mcnabb’s case, especially pressure up the middle. The lowly Oakland Raiders relentlessy blitzed right up the middle on Mcnabb and the offense struggled the entire afternoon.

Although this game will be overshadowed by Game 4 of the World Series, this should be a very exciting game to watch. Don’t forget to Chat live with other Eagles fans on Talksportsphilly.com in the live chat section of the site!

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13 Responses to “Eagles Vs Giants Week 8 Preview”

  1. lex11782 says:

    Hey Johnny G…Nice article. Well written.

  2. seanfrancissmith says:

    Pleasantly suprised with the game today! Are the Eagles that good? The Giants that bad? Or somewhere inbetween? I do know this, all of the sudden after the Phillies season ends, the Eagles have a very meaningful game next week with those hated boys from Texas! Should be fun! When this Eagles team plays at a high level I only see two distinct roadblocks to a Supor Bowl appearance. The Saints, then themselves in that order. Sorry Viking fans. You heard it here on November 1’st…NFC Championship 2009-10: Saints 33 Eagles 26.

    • Leo says:

      Well, this is why the Eagles will not win the big one. They are too inconsistent to know which team is going to take the field. How do you lose to Oakland and then crush the Giants. It should be an interesting emotional ride this season.

  3. Leo says:

    Wow, what can you say the Eagles look great so far. I am in shock after the first half!

  4. seanfrancissmith says:

    If someone knows the Eagles front office HR, please help me! I wanna be overpaid to be a professional kiss ass like that excuse of a man Dave Spadarro (spelling). Not sure who’s mouth is more brown from kiester kissing, Dave or Stephen A. Smith’s? I will go with a tie and award each clown one point! They are very well rehearsed in their craft. I heard Rowan University in Glassboro has added that as a full credited major!

  5. Christian says:

    The Andy Reid shows was on (I didn’t put it on on purpose), and I heard #1 Eagles Propoganda man Dave Spadaro say Jason Avant is the Eagles’ clutch thrid down go to receiver. Yeah, I’m sure Jason Avant strikes fear in the hearts of defenses across the NFL.

    I call Jason Avant another scrap heap player they can pay nothing and try to sell as a good receiver. This strategy will be exposed, again, in the playoffs when no one can get open.

  6. seanfrancissmith says:

    Who will bounce more balls in the dirt this weekend? Hamels, McNoodle or West Hollywood drag queens? I go with McNoodle!

  7. seanfrancissmith says:

    The significance of uniforms! Does anyone remember the episode of the 80’s show “What’s happening?” with sports betting? Re-run bets successfully on football teams according to their uniforms?
    With alot of pressure mounting pre-game Phillies and Eagles, etc. thought I would keep it light here!
    What happened to the days when teams had original color uniforms and not everyone looked the same in black this and black that!?
    Yes black can be intimidating and macho on sports teams. I think we all know the real reason is money, money, money. Marketing uniforms with black emblems, black trim, black lettering sells! Blame it or credit to our youth’s cultural influence of specicic music, attitudes or affiliations, etc. seem to contribute.
    I missed the days of throwbacks and loved seeing the Phillies rid themselves of those pansy powder blue looking pajama road uniforms! The classics being brought back by the Phillies, the Flyers orange knits and Sixers red , white and blue colors are great!
    Now if the Eagles would go back to the Kelly green and silver or even the white helmets and white pants of the late 60’s and early 70’s that would be great. Besides I highly doubt is hard to be intimidated by men who wear green pants!
    I guess when it comes down to it, winning off sets all faults in fashion with sports. Let’s just pray we never see the Flyers in black pants again (late 80’s trial), Phillies home Saturday night maroon (early 80’s), Whitesox in shorts or the Canucks bad Pollack trip mirage of an excuse uniform of yester year!

  8. Christian says:

    I’m interested to see how McNabb plays in what I consider his first big test of the season. McNabb plays well with a lead, but if the Giants get up early, let’s see if his knees start knocking.

  9. GtHockey81 says:

    Yea this should be a good game John. Take is easy on Winston though, he has been playing much better this year and Osi only has 3 sacks all year.

  10. chrisleo33 says:

    Wow, great post. I have to say, you are right on the money. I can’t wait to watch both games on Sunday.