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Predictions & Projections
David Dorey  

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WEEK 3
2011
ARI at SEA * DET at MIN * KC at SD NYJ at OAK
* ATL at TB GB at CHI MIA at CLE * PIT at IND
* BAL at STL * HOU at NO NE at BUF * SF at CIN
* UPDATED DEN at TEN JAC at CAR * NYG at PHI * WAS at DAL (mon)

Prediction: NYG 20, PHI 31

Players to Watch: None

Update: Mario Manningham is still suffering from the effects of his concussion and is not expected to play this week. Michael Vick is listed as questionable on the injury report but has practiced the last two days and is expected to play. He has no signs of his concussion last week.

The key to this game really is the health of Michael Vick. If he is healthy and it looks good, then the Eagles should manage this one since the Giants have been less than stellar in road games. There is a chance that Mike Kafka could beat them as well but with Vick it is a much more sure thing.

The Eagles swept the Giants last season, winning 27-17 in Philly and later 38-31 in New York.

New York Giants
Homefield: Meadowlands Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @WAS 14-28 10 @SF -
2 STL 28-16 11 PHI -
3 @PHI - 12 @NO -
4 @ARI - 13 GB -
5 SEA - 14 @DAL -
6 BUF - 15 WAS -
7 Bye - 16 @NYJ -
8 MIA - 17 DAL -
9 @NE - - - -
Giants Report | Statistics | Roster
NY GIANTS at PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning - - 220,1
RB Brandon Jacobs 30 10 -
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 70,1 40 -
WR Victor Cruz - 40 -
WR Hakeem Nicks - 40,1 -
WR Mario Manningham - 60 -
PK Lawrence Tynes 2 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: The slow start that sunk the team in Washington was compensated for with a win over the Rams but that hardly means all is well. The Giants are still sputtering in the passing game speckled with dropped balls and the rushing has been less than dominating. On the road, the Giants play worse and yet need this game. This would be a turn around point for the season if they won in Philly, but two weeks says that they are just not up to it.

QUARTERBACK: It is clear that Eli Manning is just off his normal level with badly thrown passes and only two passing touchdowns to start the year. It is not all his fault with several bad drops by receivers but for an offense that has all the same coaches, scheme and receivers other than Steve Smith - it just looks very out of synch.

Manning passed for only 147 yards and two scores in Philly last year. The Eagles have held opponents to under 200 passing yards though in Atlanta, Matt Ryan passed for four scores in their win. Expect yet another mediocre showing by Manning as there is no reason why he would not continue to be off.

RUNNING BACKS: The Giants have scored a rushing touchdown in each game this year but the totals are just not that impressive for yardage again. The intent of this season was to return to a heavier run game to balance the offense but all totaled between Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs are 50 carries for 182 yards and a 3.6 yard per carry average. It is good enough to beat most visiting teams and even a few bad teams in their stadium. But the Giants are just not able to generate the sort of rush they wish to return to producing.

The Giants only gained 39 yards on 17 carries in Philly last year.

The Eagles have been softer on the run this year with one score and over 100 yards allowed per opponent. It all gets split up here but Bradshaw is still a decent play this week.

WIDE RECEIVERS: This was the strength of the Giants in recent years. But Mario Manningham has been stuck at less than 60 yards per week with no scores and suffered a concussion last week. He is expected to return and I will update if warranted. Hakeem Nicks was a question mark going into the game with a bad knee but he did play and scored once though he ended with just three catches for 15 yards. Nicks is the only one with any real fantasy value so far and he had 122 yards in the season opener. But Domenik Hixon only gets two catches per week and Victor Cruz cannot produce even that much.

Hicks gained 65 yards on six catches in Philadelphia last year while Derek Hagen caught a touchdown on his only reception.

Assumedly Nicks and Manningham both play this week and be healthier. But the Eagles have shut down wide receivers this year thanks in part to Nnamdi Asomugha. No wideout has gained more than 50 yards on them and just one has scored.

TIGHT ENDS: No fantasy value.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 23 13 18 23 30 11
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 9 30 3 27 10 13


Philadelphia Eagles
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
Turf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @STL 31-13 10 ARI -
2 @ATL 31-35 11 @NYG -
3 NYG - 12 NE -
4 SF - 13 @SEA -
5 @BUF - 14 @MIA -
6 @WAS - 15 NYJ -
7 Bye - 16 @DAL -
8 DAL - 17 WAS -
9 CHI -      
Eagles Report | Statistics | Roster
PHILADELPHIA vs NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Michael Vick 30 - 260,3
RB LeSean McCoy 110,1 30,1 -
TE Brent Celek - 20 -
WR DeSean Jackson - 90,1 -
WR Jason Avant - 30 -
WR Jeremy Maclin - 80,1 -
PK Alex Henery 1 FG 4 XP -

Pregame Notes: Tough loss in Atlanta in part because of Michael Vick getting a slight concussion. But the Eagles now return for their first home game and it appears that Vick is going to be able to play. His concussion was deemed "slight" and he lobbied to return to the game but there are strict rules now regarding concussions and what you must do before returning to the field. Chances are that Vick could miss a few days of practice and yet still play anyway. This is a big divisional game.

QUARTERBACK: Michael Vick was having a good game up until the injury in Atlanta with 242 yards and two touchdowns though he had lost two fumbles and thrown one interception. Vick is always good for a couple of scores and some rushing yards every week anyway and now gets his first home game of the year.

Vick passed for 258 yards and no score but had a touchdown on his 11 runs fro 34 yards when the Giants visited last year.

The Giants have secondary problems and have already allowed two 300+ yard passers this year. Expect a good game here by Vick for the home crowd.

RUNNING BACKS: A big season is in the making for LeSean McCoy who has already scored four times and gained well over 100 yards in his games. Ronnie Brown is a complete nonfactor and Jackson takes almost every running back touch in this offense.

McCoy ran 14 times for 111 yards and one score on the Giants last season while adding five catches for 29 yards. Expect something similar because McCoy is red hot and finally playing at home.

WIDE RECEIVERS: This should be fun. The Giants are still weak in the secondary and both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have already had a game over 100 yards. Maclin went from one catch for 20 yards in the opener to having 13 receptions for 171 yards and two scores in Atlanta because they schemed to take away Jackson. Both receivers are healthy again and facing not only a division rival, but one trying to patch holes in the secondary that has already allowed three touchdowns to wideouts from the Skins and Rams.

Steve Smith is still a nonfactor in fantasy terms and will always be behind Jackson and Maclin.

Jackson gained 50 yards on five catches while Maclin had nine receptions for 120 yards when the Giants visited last season.

TIGHT ENDS: Brent Celek hurt his back last week but still was able to play in the game. He has been a nonfactor anyway with Vick around and has not scored or had more than 43 yards in a game.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 8 4 10 25 17 4
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 23 2 28 17 14 23

WEEK 3
2011
ARI at SEA DET at MIN KC at SD NYJ at OAK
ATL at TB GB at CHI MIA at CLE PIT at IND
BAL at STL HOU at NO NE at BUF SF at CIN
  DEN at TEN JAC at CAR NYG at PHI WAS at DAL (mon)

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