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David Dorey
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Prediction: PHI 27, NYG 23

Friday Night Update: Maclin is listed as questionable and is considered a game-time decision but had a full practice today. DeSean Jackson has practiced fully and will be returning to the lineup this week. Westbrook has been ruled out this week already.

Thursday Night Update: Jeremy Maclin has been wearing a protective boot and not practicing to rest his plantar fasciitis but he is expected to play. Brian Westbrook is back to limited practice but is not expected to return until next week at the earliest and even then likely as only a part of a committee.

This is a very big week for both teams. The Eagles are 8-4 and one game behind the vulnerable Cowboys and won 40-17 when they hosted the Giants in week eight. The Eagles are 4-2 in road games. The Giants are one game further back at 7-5 and their win over the Cowboys gets them back on track. The Giants are 4-2 at home this year. A win by the Eagles likely sends the Giants scrambling for a wild card at best but a win by the Giants makes the NFC East even less likely to shake out before week 17.

Philadelphia Eagles (8-4))
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @CAR 38-10 -2.5 43.5
2 NO 22-48 -3 46.5
3 KC 34-14 -9.5 42.5
4 BYE -    
5 TB 33-14 -16 42
6 @OAK 9-13 -14 40.5
7 @WAS 27-17 -7 37.5
8 NYG 40-17 -1 43
9 DAL 16-20 -3 47.5
10 @SD 23-31 +1 47
11 @CHI 24-20 -3.5 46.5
12 WAS 27-24 -9.5 40.5
13 @ATL 34-7 -4 43.5
14 @NYG - +1 45
15 SF - - -
16 DEN - - -
17 @DAL - - -
PHI at NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Donovan McNabb     250,2
RB LeSean McCoy 30 20  
RB Leonard Weaver 20,1 20  
TE Brent Celek   40,1  
WR DeSean Jackson   70,1  
WR Jason Avant   30  
WR Jeremy Maclin   60  
PK David Akers 2 FG 3 XP  
Pregame Notes: The Eagles are on a three game winning steak and this is only the second time they have not been favored this year. The remaining schedule is pretty tough with the Giants and then hosting the 49ers and Broncos before the season finale in Dallas for what could very well be "all the marbles". But the Eagles could potentially run the table and end up with the #3 seed.

Quarterback: Donovan McNabb continues to score in every game and has remained above 240 yards per week for the last six games. He gave way to more of Michael Vick than usual last week because of playing in Atlanta but McNabb remains a solid weekly play. He passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the last meeting with the Giants back in week eight.

The Giants have not improved since that game six weeks ago and have allowed eight passing scores over the last three games in New York - never less than two per opponent. No reason to expect less than another solid rematch here.

Running Backs: The good news is that HC Andy Reid said that there is a chance that Brian Westbrook could practice this week though that does not mean he would play. But at least they are no longer talking about season ending injuries and he should return at some point.

LeSean McCoy was overshadowed last week by both Leonard Weaver and Eldra Buckley and no longer carries enough reliability to warrant him being a fantasy starter anymore. McCoy will continue to be in the mix but so will Buckley and Weaver. It was the fullback Weaver as the big surprise last week since he had five runs for 37 yards and added 63 yards on just two receptions with one touchdown. Buckley remains the short yardage back. This is all just a mess now for relying on any one player.

The Giants have been stingy against the run and even more so at home this year but a dozen different runners have scored against them. I like one rushing score that will probably end up with Weaver or Buckley but the yardage will be even less than last week.

Wide Receivers: DeSean Jackson was held out last week since he was still suffering headaches from his concussion but says that they ended on Sunday. There is a chance that Jackson returns this week - 100% according to him - and I will consider him as available to play without limitation and update as warranted.

Jeremy Maclin is also fighting a shoulder strain and plantar facilities but is expected to be good to go this week.

Reggie Brown was pressed into duty on Sunday and had 64 yards on two catches and dropped only a couple of passes. He'll crawl back under the rock if Jackson returns.

Jackson caught three passes for 78 yards and scored against the Giants last time and Maclin also had a touchdown on his four receptions for 46 yards. If both are healthy, they should have moderate to decent yardage and I like a score to end up with Jackson.

Tight Ends: Brent Celek continues to be more of a scoring option than a yardage gainer but his best game in the last seven weeks came against the Giants when he had four catches for 61 yards and one score. Expect another good game from Celek this week

Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 5 19 11 13 2 2
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 20 11 10 31 5 5

New York Giants (7-6)
Homefield: Giants Stadium
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 WAS 23-17 -6.5 37
2 @DAL 33-31 +3 43.5
3 @TB 24-0 -7 44
4 @KC 27-16 -9 42.5
5 OAK 44-7 -16.5 40.5
6 @NO 24-48 +3 47
7 ARI 17-24 -9 46.5
8 @PHI 17-40 +1 43
9 SD 20-21 -4 47.5
10 BYE - - -
11 ATL 34-31 -7 46
12 @DEN 6-26 -6.5 42
13 DAL 31-24 +1 45.5
14 PHI - -1 45
15 @WAS - - -
16 CAR - - -
17 @MIN - - -
NYG vs PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning     230,2
RB Brandon Jacobs 70    
TE Kevin Boss   50,1  
WR Steve Smith   60  
WR Hakeem Nicks   50,1  
WR Mario Manningham   30  
PK Lawrence Tynes 3 FG 2 XP  

Pregame Notes: The Giants managed to stop the bleeding with their win over the Cowboys and that divisional sweep can come into play only if the G-men can beat the Eagles. The schedule has a road game in Washington and then a home game against the Panthers. The season finale in Minnesota is likely a bad game but there is always the hope that the Vikes will be resting starters. It would take winning out to lock up any playoff spots this week but it all boils down to this game. And the Eagles already crushed them in week eight.

Quarterback: Eli Manning has been consistent this year with around 220 yards and a score in almost every game but he has thrown nine interceptions over the last seven games. His numbers last week against the Cowboys - 241 yards and two scores - were propped up with a freak 74 yard touchdown catch by Brandon Jacobs. Back in week eight, Manning passed for just 222 yards and one touchdown in Philly along with two interceptions.

The Eagles will give up one passing score and on a rare occasion two but the yardage is never much and Manning has been largely ineffective in recent weeks unless facing weak secondaries. Look for a moderate game here by Manning.

Running Backs: Brandon Jacobs comes off his first two touchdown game of the year but only has a total of four rushing scores so far. And he ran for only 39 yards on 13 carries. His 74-yard catch for a score was an exception in that he has never had more than 30 yards as a receiver or scored via the pass. Jacobs is not running well this year and had 86 yards on 20 carries in Philly as one of his best showings.

Ahmad Bradshaw continues to figure in but with only around 40 yards in most games is no longer fantasy relevant.

The Eagles have only allowed six runners to score this year though Jacobs was one of them. This is a big game and Jacobs has not been a big factor. Expect marginal yardage from him and a chance for one touchdown if they end up near the endzone.

Wide Receivers: Steve Smith remains the resident stud though he has only one touchdown in the last eight games. He has remained around 70 yards or better for the last six games and is consistent enough to warrant a fantasy start each week. Mario Manningham has tailed off sharply in the second half of the year with most games ending below 50 yards and he has not scored since week six. Hakeem Nicks scored last week and his five touchdowns ties him with Smith for the team lead. Nicks is third in line for targets each week but consistently outperforms Manningham.

Nicks caught four passes for 53 yards against the Eagles this year while Smith had 68 yards on eight receptions. The Eagles have been victimized by the faster receivers when they give up most receiving scores. That favors Nicks again.

Tight Ends: Kevin Boss has been quiet for the last two games after scoring four times in a three game span ending in week 11. Boss had a season best 70 yards on three catches and a score against the Eagles in week eight and faces a team that is among the worst at stopping tight ends. Consider Boss a start this week.

Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 12 22 4 22 3 15
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 10 9 5 32 8 7

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