Eagles vs. Giants Week 12 Preview: key matchups and official prediction
Coming off their third win in their last four games, the Eagles will travel to the Meadowlands to take on the 3-7 Giants.
The Eagles have dominated this “rivalry” for the better part of the last decade, winning 13 of 16 matchups since 2012.
Philadelphia will be without RB Jordan Howard and LB Davion Taylor, who are both dealing with knee injuries. The Giants have ruled out WR Sterling Shepard with a calf injury and will likely be without rookie wideout Kadarius Toney as well. RB Saquon Barkley and WR John Ross are both questionable for New York.
The Giants also fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett this week, so Freddie Kitchens will be the main point of contact for Daniel Jones for the remainder of the year.
Giants fired Jason Garrett, as @PLeonardNYDN reported.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 23, 2021
The Giants will be looking to exact revenge on the Eagles — who allegedly pulled Jalen Hurts in Week 17 last season to prevent the Giants from winning the division.
Mr. Turnover himself has reverted to his old ways, on pace to have double-digit fumbles for the third consecutive season. In addition, the Giants offense has no sort of identity, failing to put their expensive skill players in positions to succeed — their 72M dollar receiver has one game this season over 65+ yards and no TDs on the year.
New York ranks near the bottom of the league in almost every offensive category:
- Points per game: 18.9 (25th)
- Yards per game: 322.8 (23rd)
- Red zone scoring percentage: 44.4% (32nd)
- First downs per game: 19.3 (23rd)
- Touchdowns per game: 1.8 (29th)
In addition to Daniel Jones’ poor decision-making, the root of the Giants’ struggles has been their offensive line. They’ve used seven different OL combinations this season and allowed Jones to be pressured on 55% of his dropbacks last week.
The Giants also struggle to generate any momentum in the run game, averaging just 4.0 yards/carry this year — 24th in the NFL. Philly should dominate in the trenches.
Offensively, the Eagles are hitting their stride at the right time. Jalen Hurts is embracing his dual-threat ability and carving up defenses on the ground with his stellar OL leading the way. Hurts has also done an excellent job of protecting the football, only throwing one INT in his last 131 pass attempts.
Despite his fumbling woes, Miles Sanders averaged nearly six yards a carry last week on the #1 rushing defense in the league. The Eagles’ second-ranked rushing attack will present some bad matchups for the Giants.
New York will also have to worry about the receiver they almost selected in last year’s draft. With Logan Ryan on the COVID list, James Bradberry — who’s coming off a lackluster outing vs. Tampa Bay — will be the one tasked with slowing down the surging DeVonta Smith.
Smith’s last three games:
- 13 receptions
- 243 yards
- 3 TDs
- 18.7 yards/catch
|Philadelphia Eagles||-3.5 (-112)||-190||O 45.5|
|New York Giants||+3.5 (-109)||+155||U 45.5|
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The Eagles are playing better football as of late, while the Giants are spiraling. Daniel Jones doesn’t strike fear into anyone’s heart and with a playoff berth suddenly attainable, Philly has more to play for.
Prediction: Eagles 30, Giants 17
DeVonta’s routes are giving corners FITS. pic.twitter.com/sjcY47ft3G— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) November 24, 2021