Jim Mancari, ContributorEach week, I will be taking a look at the Giants’ media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.
In Week 8, the Giants (1-6) head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (3-4) in an NFC East divisional showdown.
The Eagles earned a 36-21 victory over the Giants in Week 5 at MetLife Stadium. The Giants still lead the all-time regular season series, 81-74-2.
Here are some interesting Giants’ notes about this week’s opponent:
- The Giants are 0-2 against the NFC East this year, while the Eagles are 2-1.
- The Giants’ run defense has limited some of the NFL’s best running backs over the last four weeks. Jamaal Charles was limited to 65 yards; LeSean McCoy was held to 46 yards rushing; Matt Forte managed just 67 yards; and arguably the best back in the league, Adrian Peterson, rushed for just 28 yards, his lowest total since 2011. Starting running backs averaged 99.7 yards per game through the Giants’ first three games. The Giants will again take on McCoy this weekend.
- Middle linebacker Jon Beason has made an immediate impact. He has 21 tackles (16 solo) through his first two games, becoming just the second Giants’ player over the past 20 years to accumulate at least 20 tackles during his first two starts. Antonio Pierce recorded 20 tackles in his first two games in 2005.
- Eli Manning is still 15 yards away from breaking Phil Simms’ franchise mark. He only managed 200 passing yards against the Vikings Monday night, but he is expected to break the record Sunday against the Eagles.
Here are some Giants-Eagles connections:
- Tom Coughlin was the Eagles’ wide receivers coach from 1984-85.
- Eagles’ cornerback Brandon Hughes spent the first 10 games of the 2010 season on the Giants’ practice squad.
- Eagles’ defensive coordinator Bill Davis spent the 2005 season as the Giants’ linebackers coach.
- After recording over 100 yards receiving in each of his first three career games against the Eagles, Victor Cruz has averaged 50.0 yards receiving against Philadelphia in his last two games.
- Hakeem Nicks caught nine passes for 142 yards in the Week 5 loss to the Eagles. That game has accounted for virtually one half of his total output this season (27 catches, 470 yards).
- Rueben Randle scored two touchdowns against the Eagles in Week 5, which started a stretch of three consecutive weeks with a receiving touchdown.
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