John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants are going down to Philly today in hopes of avenging their Oct 6 loss to the Eagles at MetLife. And, like every game going forward, each game will be a “must-win” with many playing for their Giant football lives
The Eagles will be starting Michael Vick at QB today. Vick has not played since the Oct 6th win vs the Giants when he ran for 79 yards on seven carries before leaving the game with a pulled hammy.
Vick is running full speed, having practiced in full all week and even showed off with a 100-yard dash.
RB Brandon Jacobs’ hamstring, however, is not better. He is doubtful for this afternoon. Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox will be the only two active RBs again this week.
If the Giants win…they improve to 2-6 and the Eagles drop to 3-5. Dallas is in Detroit today, and Washington travels to Denver. If both teams lose, the Cowboys will be 4-4 and the Redskins 2-5. The Giants would still be in last place, but would only be two games out of first place with a whole half a season to go. It ain’t over…
If the Giants lose…they fall to 1-7 and things become rather bleak. They may end up making a trade or two to beef up for the future with some draft picks. Then again, they may not. In season trades are uncommon and usually have a “fire sale” tag on them. One team is usually in contention and the other is falling out of it.
Tidbits courtesy of the Giants’ PR Dept….
Head Coach Tom Coughlin is 10-11 (0-2 playoffs) in games vs. the Eagles in the regular season. In his most recent matchup, Coughlin’s Giants were defeated by the Eagles, 36-21, in MetLife Stadium in Week 5. Against the rest of the NFC East, Coughlin is 12-10 (1-0 playoffs) vs. the Dallas Cowboys and 13-8 vs. the Washington Redskins.
The Giants run defense has performed well over the last 4 weeks despite facing some of the league’s best running backs. In Week 4 at Kansas City (9/29), Jamaal Charles was limited to just 65 rushing yards (3.5 avg.). The following week vs. Philadelphia (10/6), NFL leading rusher LeSean McCoy was ineffective for most of the contest, rushing 20 times for just 46 yards (2.3 avg.). In Week 6 at Chicago (10/10), Matt Forte, who entered the game as the league’s 7th leading rusher, was limited to just 67 yards. Last week vs. Minnesota (10/21), All Pro running back and reigning MVP Adrian Peterson rushed 13 times for just 28 yards (2.2 avg.), his lowest total since 2011. Starting running backs averaged 99.7 yards per game during the first 3 weeks of the season.
LB Jon Beason has made an immediate impact since being acquired in a trade with the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 4. In his first 2 starts, he had 21 tackles (16 solo), becoming just the second Giants play- er over the past 20 years to accumulate at least 20 tackles during his first two starts. LB Antonio Pierce recorded 20 tackles during his first 2 games after coming over as free agent from the Redskins prior to the 2005 season.
QB Eli Manning is 15 passing yards away from surpassing Phil Simms for most career passing yards in franchise history.
RB Brandon Jacobs is 1 rushing touchdown away from 60 career rushing touchdowns.
WR Victor Cruz is 2 touchdown receptions away from 25 career receiving touchdowns.
WR Rueben Randle is 29 receiving yards away from 700 career receiving yards.
WR Hakeem Nicks is 18 receptions away from 300 career receptions and 3 touchdown receptions away from 30 career receiving touchdowns.
TE Brandon Myers is 19 receptions away from 150 career receptions.
DE Justin Tuck is 2 forced fumbles away from 20 career forced fumbles.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul is 1.5 sacks away from 30.0 career sacks.
RB Peyton Hillis is 3 touchdowns away from 25 rushing touchdowns.
S Antrel Rolle is tackle away from 650 career tackles.