New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Preview

By Jonathan Solomon  |   Friday, December 09, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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One month remains in the regular season of the NFL and the New York Giants will attempt to sweep the season series versus the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time since 2000. The Giants won earlier in the season at the Meadowlands against Mike McMahon in his first start of the year. With a win, the Giants can officially eliminate the Eagles from playoff contention. Meanwhile, with a one-game lead over the second place Dallas Cowboys, the Giants have their playoff fate in their own hands.

Eli Manning is coming off one of his worst games as a pro, although it was a victory. It was the first game this season that he failed to throw a touchdown pass. The Giants were able to win thanks to the legs of Tiki Barber and a superb defense. A superb defense is what the Philadelphia Eagles only wish they had right now after a wave of injuries ravaged them.

With Terrell Owens long gone by now, Donovan McNabb out for the season after deciding to undergo surgery, the final blow came this week. Brian Westbrook will miss the rest of the season due to a foot injury. Also gone for the year are Lito Sheppard and Tra Thomas. Left for the Eagles now will be rookie running back Ryan Moats who should get his first start. Mike McMahon was named the starter for the Eagles earlier this week despite a terrible performance last Monday night. The offense was stagnant in route to being shut out by the Seattle Seahawks, 42-0.

McMahon will be running all over the field, trying to get away from the fiercest defensive end combo in the league, Osi Umenyiora and Michael Strahan. The story of the game will be how the Giants offense bounces back, or if it can. The Giants need Eli Manning to be a strong player down the stretch if they wish to go deep into the playoffs. His accuracy has come into question in recent weeks so look for the game plan to focus on trying to get him into the feel early on.

The New York Giants placed corner Will Peterson on injured reserve earlier this week in order to sign veteran corner Terrell Buckley. Defensive tackle William Joseph and safety Shaun Williams are listed as doubtful this week and not expected to play.

After this week, the Giants will return home for their final home game of the regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Following, they embark on the final two (road) games of the year, at Washington and at Oakland. They need to get as many wins as possible before the playoffs to ensure a first round bye.
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