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David Dorey
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WEEK 8 CAR at TB (THU) DAL at DET NYJ at CIN SEA at STL (MON)
ATL at ARI GB at MIN PIT at OAK On Bye:
BUF at NO MIA at NE SF at JAC BAL, CHI, HOU
*UPDATED CLE at KC NYG at PHI WAS at DEN IND, SD, TEN

Prediction: NYG 20, PHI 27 (Line: PHI by 5.5)

Update: Brandon Jacobs remains doubtful with a hamstring strain and is not expected to play. Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox will again share the backfield. Jacobs has not practiced this week.

The Giants come off their first win of the season when they took down the even worse Vikings. The Eagles are 3-4 on the year but only 0-3 when at home. This is a replay of the week five meeting between these teams when the Eagles won 36-21 in New York. Played at home this time should be just enough to get that elusive home win for Philly fans. The notion that these Giants could win back-to-back games is hard to accept.

1 @DAL 31-36 10 OAK -
2 DEN 23-41 11 GB -
3 @CAR 0-38 12 DAL -
4 @KC 7-31 13 @WAS -
5 PHI 21-36 14 @SD -
6 @CHI 21-27 15 SEA -
7 MIN 23-7 16 @DET -
8 @PHI - 17 WAS -
9 BYE WEEK ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
NYG @ PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning 300,2
RB Michael Cox 30 2-10
RB Peyton Hillis 30 4-30
WR Victor Cruz 6-70
WR Hakeem Nicks 4-70,1
WR Rueben Randle 5-80,1
PK Josh Brown 2 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: What developed on Monday night was that the Giants finally produced an actual defense and held the Vikings offense scoreless. That probably says a lot more about the Vikings than the Giants, but at least it secured that first win and the post game interviews with Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin were not so painful to watch. The Giants reach their bye after this game and winning two in a row would be huge for confidence but at 1-6 the season is already over. And on the road Peyton Hillis may not be enough.

QUARTERBACKS: Oddly enough, Eli Manning comes off one of his worst games of the year when he only passed for 200 yards and one score but it was the very first time he had no interceptions. Granted - the Viking defenders dropped more than one interception and should have easily scored a touchdown on one bad pass but Manning made it through an entire game without committing any turnovers.

In the previous meeting with the Eagles, he passed for 334 yards and two scores but tossed three interceptions.

RUNNING BACKS: The turnstile in the backfield is still spinning. With Brandon Jacobs out with a bad hamstring, the Giants turned to Michael Cox (11-23) and Peyton Hillis (18-36, TD) for the heaviest workload for the running backs all year. This was mostly a function of the pathetic Vikings unable to score and force the Giants to do much. Hillis was just signed on the previous Wednesday and he ran like he was coming fresh from a pizza buffet with free beer. But he had enough power that he could fall forward when hit.

Hillis and Cox should play again this week and not being at home against the Vikings may lower that lofty 2.0 yards per carry average they were generating. I will assume that Jacobs misses another game but update if warranted.

Jacobs and David Wilson combined for only 52 yards on 17 carries in the previous meeting with the Eagles.

WIDE RECEIVERS: On Monday night it certainly seemed like the Giants were intent on making Hakeem Nicks look good for for a potential trade. The problem was that his team-high ten passes only turned into two catches for 28 yards and he dropped several passes in the process. Victor Cruz has gone cold in the last three weeks with never more than 68 yards and no scores. That began with the 48 yards against the Eagles in the first meeting. Rueben Randle had his best game of the year then when he scored twice on his six catches for 96 yards versus the Eagles and Hakeem Nicks also was at his best with nine catches for 142 yards. Nicks still has yet to score this year and that Philly game was his only notable performance since the season opener. Nicks dislocated his finger but is not expected to miss any time or have it be the reason why he cannot catch passes.

TIGHT ENDS: No fantasy value.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: There is no denying that the Eagles defense is really bad. They allowed 14 passing touchdowns this year and and no one's thrown for less than 270 yards. Five have already topped 310 yards against them. But the rushing defense is comparatively good and already had success at stopping the Giants. This week the normal starts apply and should be productive if not turn in a monster game - Manning, Cruz, Randle and Nicks. Hillis and Cox are very low end plays.

WHAT TO WATCH: The rushing game was relied on last week only because the Giants wanted to limit mistakes and kill the clock while they had the lead. It will still be of interest for future purposes but with a bye next week, the Giants could be on to even more running backs since seven different ones have already played for them this season.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 19 24 4 26 31 31
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 30 14 32 6 20 24

 

1 @WAS 33-27 10 @GB -
2 SD 30-33 11 WAS -
3 KC 16-26 12 BYE WEEK
4 @DEN 20-52 13 ARI -
5 @NYG 36-21 14 DET -
6 @TB 31-20 15 @MIN -
7 DAL 3-17 16 CHI -
8 NYG - 17 @DAL -
9 @OAK - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
vs Rush Catch Pass
RB LeSean McCoy 60,1 6-60
RB Darren Sproles 20 6-50,1
WR Riley Cooper 2-30
TE Brent Celek 3-20
TE Zach Ertz 3-30,1
PK Alex Henery 2 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The Eagles stumbled badly against the Cowboys last week after winning two straight road games and appearing that they were turning the corner. But Nick Foles threw all that good will into the trash can with a painful performance last week that ended with a concussion. The rematch won't come until the final game of the season but this is a divisional game against a Giants team they already beat in New York. The Eagles are 0-3 in home games but at least this will be the softest defense they'll face there all year.

QUARTERBACKS: Nick Foles was concussed in the Dallas game and gave way to Matt Barkley so he could throw three interceptions. While Foles was impressive against the Giants and Buccaneers, he was horrible against a very average (at best) defense of the Cowboys when he completed only 11 of 29 for 80 yards before leaving the game.

All indicators point to Michael Vick returning this week even if he is not 100% over his hamstring strain. Foles already posted 197 yards and two scores on the Giants just three weeks ago.

RUNNING BACKS: LeSean McCoy comes off a down game when he only managed 81 total yards and no scores on the Cowboys and he was held to only 46 yards on 20 runs by the Giants in week five. But he added six catches for 46 yards in that game and scored once. This time he'll be at home and can still rely on his role as a receiver. When Michael Vick plays, it helps loosen the defenses up for McCoy since they have to account for both players running the ball.

WIDE RECEIVERS: DeSean Jackson was held to a season worst three catches for 21 yards last week but accounted for 132 yards and a score on seven receptions in New York three weeks ago. Jason Avant only managed 33 yards on three catches versus the Giants last time. The Eagles either connect with Jackson or they don't and that alone defines a successful game.

TIGHT ENDS: They accomplish little individually but combined Brent Celek and Zach Ertz are a major part of the game plan and a reason why ineffective wideouts have not killed the offense. Both players enjoyed one of their best games of the year when they last played the Giants. Ertz caught two passes for 38 yards and Celek reeled in three receptions for 47 yards and his only touchdown since the season opener.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Giant defense is bad and on the road has been markedly worse. No road opponent has passed for less than two touchdowns but almost all end up around 250 yards or so. The rushing defense remains good though backs as receivers have hurt them in many instances. Consider Vick, McCoy and Jackson as very strong starts this week.

WHAT TO WATCH: There isn't much development happening here but it would be good to see a wideout doing something beside Jackson. This is the defense that should allow someone else to look good for a change.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 2 11 8 19 11 26
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 26 17 12 28 28 32

WEEK 8 CAR at TB (THU) DAL at DET NYJ at CIN SEA at STL (MON)
ATL at ARI GB at MIN PIT at OAK On Bye:
BUF at NO MIA at NE SF at JAC BAL, CHI, HOU
*UPDATED CLE at KC NYG at PHI WAS at DEN IND, SD, TEN


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