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.
The Giants hope to get into the win column Sunday at 1 p.m. when they host the Philadelphia Eagles, who have dropped three straight games after an opening week win.
The Giants pounded the Eagles 42-7 in Week 17 last season, but that game had no real meaning for either side. However, Sunday’s game has huge implications for two teams desperately trying to stay alive in a weak NFC East.
Here are some interesting Giants’ notes about this week’s opponent:
- Sunday will mark the 157th time these two teams have met in the regular season. The Giants own an 81-73-2 all-time record against the Eagles and are 45-33-1 at home.
- Tom Coughlin is 10-10 in the regular season against Philadelphia and 0-2 in the playoffs. This will be his first head-to-head matchup with Eagles’ new head coach Chip Kelly.
- The Eagles lead the NFL with 768 total rushing yards and 6.1 yards per carry. LeSean McCoy leads all running backs with 468 yards, and Michael Vick leads all quarterbacks with 228 rushing yards. Meanwhile, the Giants are third to last in the league with 231 total rushing yards.
- The Giants have allowed a league-worst 146 points, but the Eagles are second worst having allowed 138 points.
Here are some Giants-Eagles connections:
- Giants’ secondary coach Peter Giunta entered the NFL as the defensive backs coach for the Eagles from 1991-1994.
- Giants’ defensive tackle Mike Patterson played 115 games for Philadelphia and started 99 of them. He finished his Eagles’ career with 551 tackles, 16.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception.
- Giants’ defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins spent the last two seasons with the Eagles. He recorded 112 tackles, 9.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
- Victor Cruz has had at least 100 receiving yards in three of his four career games against the Eagles. He has five touchdowns in those four games. He’s also six catches away from 200 career receptions.
- Eli Manning’s career high passing game against the Eagles came on Dec. 13, 2009 when he threw for 391 yards. He is three touchdown passes away from 220 for his career, which would add to his franchise lead over Phil Simms (199).
- In just his second season, David Wilson is 29 return yards away from moving into fifth place in kickoff return yards in franchise history.
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