This Thursday, The New York Giants head south down the road for a crucial divisional matchup against The Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams have not won many games this year, yet due to the poor play of The NFC East as a whole, they are both very much in playoff contention. If The Giants can pull out a victory, they will pick up momentum going into their upcoming stretch of winnable games. The Eagles are hurt and have looked bad. The Giants need to seize this opportunity if they want to keep their season alive.
Facing The Eagles in Philadelphia will be very special in particular for Giants Head Coach Joe Judge. The one-time Special Teams coordinator is a Philadelphia native, born and raised. Judge still has family and childhood friends living in Philly. When asked about his family and friends attending, Judge said: “Anybody who shows up that I either grew up with or have blood ties with, they have to wear blue. I respect their love for The Eagles from being in the town, but hey, look man, you ain’t showing up cheering against my kids’ Christmas.”
Even though The Giants haven’t won many games, Judge has earned high praise throughout the league and fanbase. He is instilling the right mentality and attention to detail that this organization needs. Hopefully, Judge can earn a win against his childhood team.
The narrative of The Eagles’ last two seasons has been injuries. Carson Wentz hasn’t had adequate weapons for the past two seasons now. It has caused his game and development to regress in a noticeable way. Now, The Eagles face the same issues, Alshon Jeffery and first-round pick Jalen Reagor have been injured all season long. Last week, both Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders sustained injuries that will hold them out this week.
Wentz hasn’t played well, and now he has lost his last two notable weapons. However, The Giants cannot downplay the ability of the one-time league MVP despite his recent play. If Wentz can establish early connections with Boston Scott and Travis Fulgham, The Giants could be in trouble.
Keys To Beating The Eagles
The Giants can certainly win this game if they execute correctly on all levels of the game. The Offense will absolutely need to do a better job putting points up. The Giants have been one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league, ranking 31st, only ahead of The Jets. Scoring multiple touchdowns will be a necessity in beating The Eagles.
The Giants must also limit the turnovers. While Daniel Jones is a young Quarterback, The Giants have given the ball away sixth-most in The NFL this year. Not to mention, that if not for Tae Crowder, a late-game interception by Jones would’ve cost Big Blue the game against Washington. As for the Defense, they need to approach this game as every other week. They have performed at a top-10 level all season long, but they can’t forget the work that needs to be done. The defense mustn’t walk in with an ego coming off of a win or they will pay the price.
This game will be paramount towards The Giants’ playoff chances, they need this win.