QB Eli Manning WR Odell Beckham, Jr. DE Olivier Vernon
A GIANT STEPPING STONE
NEW YORK LOOKS TO PLAY THE ROLE OF SPOILER AS THE EAGLES TRY TO CLIMB BACK INTO THE NFC EAST RACE
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE 11 11
When the Eagles faced the New York
Giants on Thursday Night Football at the
Meadowlands, it appeared to be a getright
game. The 34-13 Week 6 win was
the Eagles’ most complete performance
of the season as they improved to 3-3.
The Eagles started fast, something
they have struggled to do all year, with
a takeaway on the Giants’ first drive
that immediately turned into an Eagles
touchdown. Carson Wentz was 26-of-36
for 278 yards with three touchdowns, no
interceptions, and a passer rating of 122.2.
The Eagles haven’t had a game such as
that one since.
The one blemish in that Eagles victory
was the defense’s inability to stop rookie
running back Saquon Barkley. The 2018
second overall pick out of Penn State had
130 yards on the ground from 13 carries
with a touchdown. He was also the
Giants’ leading receiver in the game with
99 yards on nine receptions.
The Giants’ offense goes through
Barkley. Through nine games, Barkley
had 586 yards and five touchdowns on
131 rushes. He added 530 yards and two
touchdowns on 62 receptions. The Eagles
have struggled against big, playmaking
running backs this season.
After Barkley, however, the next
leading rusher for the Giants is secondyear
running back Wayne Gallman with
just 48 yards. It’s a big reason why New
York ranked 31st in the league with 80
rushing yards per game entering Week
11 despite a prolific top back. Containing
Barkley will be the Eagles’ top priority.
The defense survived Barkley in Week
6 because of the Giants’ struggles in the
passing game. Quarterback Eli Manning
was 24-of-43 for 281 yards with no
touchdowns and one interception. Star
wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. and
Sterling Shepard were both held to fewer
than 45 yards receiving.
Through nine games, Manning is
completing 67.7 percent of his pass
attempts for 2,565 yards, 11 touchdowns,
and six interceptions. The 37-year-old had
a quarterback rating higher than 100 in just
three of his first nine games. He passed for
more than two touchdowns
in a game just once in that timeframe. But
the Giants still have dynamic weapons
Manning can find against a banged-up
Eagles secondary. Through nine games,
Beckham had 65 receptions for 858 yards –
good for sixth in the league. Beckham and
Barkley ranked sixth and ninth in the NFL in
receptions entering Week 11, respectively.
The biggest problem for the Giants‘
offense is when it gets in the red zone.
New York ranked 30th in the league in
red zone offense with a success rate of
41.4 percent in Week 11. The Giants
were tied for last in the league in goalto
go-percentage as of November 15.
The Eagles will need to take advantage if
points are left on the board.
On defense, the Giants are young but
need playmakers. The Giants’ defense
ranked 31st in the league in sacks per
pass attempt with 3.19 percent through
Week 10. Rookie defensive end B.J. Hill
and rookie linebacker Lorenzo Carter
pace the team with just two sacks in
nine games. Carter also leads New York
with six quarterback hits and five tackles
All-Pro safety Landon Collins is the
team’s leader in tackles. Cornerback Janoris
Jenkins boasts a team-best seven pass
deflections in the first nine games and is
tied with third-year linebacker B.J. Goodson
for the most interceptions with two.
The unit’s six interceptions in nine
games ranked 19th in the league entering
Week 11. Former first-round pick and
Philadelphia native Eli Apple was traded
to New Orleans earlier in the season to
get value for a team that will miss the
postseason and is in rebuilding mode.
Wentz threw for 278 yards and two
touchdowns against the Giants in Week
6 and will look for more success in the air
this time around.
The Giants’ offense, which ranks 26th
in scoring with 19.7 points per game
through nine games, scored more than
30 points in just one of team’s first nine
games – a crushing loss at the Panthers
on a 63-yard game-winning field goal.
But still, five of the Giants’ seven losses
through 10 weeks this season have come
by one score. It’s a down year for Big Blue
but the Eagles know the Giants have the
pieces to pull off a win in any game.
BY GRAHAM FOLEY