“We can’t wait to face those guys.”
We know the Eagles are saying that right now. But so are the Giants.
That’s what happens when a 1-3 team meets an 0-4 team. Both teams look at the opponent as someone to get healthy against. The question becomes which team can play well and turn things around.
Beyond the whole team, this unit is a great matchup of the awful Eagles defense and the woeful Giants offense. If the Eagles can’t stop the Giants, who can they stop? If the Giants can’t move the ball on the Eagles, who can they move it on? Even a philosophical genius like Larry Socrates wouldn’t know how to figure this out.
We know about the struggling Eagles D…last in yards against, 31st in points against.
The Giants offense has been awful in recent weeks. They have 448 yards and 7 points in the last 2 games…combined. Yikes. Check out this summary of the Giants offense so far this year.
Through four games, all losses, these Giants have failed to generate any kind of consistent competence on offense. The problems plague every level and take every possible form. There was the six-turnover game in Dallas, the seven-sack game in Carolina. Sunday in Kansas City, they snapped the ball only eight times in Chiefs territory, and not once in the red zone. They can’t run. They can’t pass. They can’t catch. They can’t block.
Not one Red Zone snap? That is hard to imagine.
It is easy to see the 0-4 Giants and get excited, but teams like that scare me. They are desperate. We know they’ll win one of these weeks. You hope it isn’t this week.
The Giants are a very banged up football team right now. Check out this injury report. C David Baas and RG Chris Snee are expected to miss the game, but David Diehl is projected to play RG. Last week it was James Brewer. The C will be Jim Cordle. The Giants have struggled up front all year. Last year they allowed 20 sacks, the fewest in the league. This year they have allowed 14, one of the highest totals in the league.
Eli Manning is a pocket passer. He needs a pocket. In recent weeks, he hasn’t had one. That has rendered him completely ineffective.
The Eagles must win the battle up front. And they should. Huge opportunity for Fletcher Cox and Trent Cole to kick some butt and get the best of an O-line. I hope to see Cedric Thornton at NT in this game, going against Cordle. Ced has played well this year and Cordle has only one NFL start.
I’m curious how Bill Davis will approach this game. The Giants have been pass-happy this year, averaging only 17.5 run plays per game. They throw the ball 42 times per game. Will Davis go with a standard 3-4 look or will he go with more of a Nickel look? The smart move may be to focus on stopping the run. Take that away and put the game on Eli and the OL. David Wilson hasn’t had a good year, but he is a very talented RB and the kind of player who will make you nervous. He’s got home run potential.
Sunday is going to be great for one team and incredibly frustrating for the other.