The dream season for the Eagles has quickly turned into one that they soon may want to forget. Not only are they losing games, and continue to fall out of the playoff picture, but now Michael Vick has broken ribs. This is a game of complete opposites: the Giants are on the upswing, and the Eagles in turmoil. The Eagles certainly have talent, that isn’t the question, but it seems to me they look disinterested. This team needs a vocal leader, because nobody is stepping up. Desean Jackson missing meetings doesn’t help the situation out any either. The Giants, thanks to a ferocious pass rush have been feeling good after the stole one against the Patriots two weeks ago. They had a lapse against the 49ers on the road, but I feel they were undoubtedly looking towards this Sunday night.
Sitting at 3-6 on the year, the Eagles seem all but out of the playoff picture. It is not just the record, but the body language is all you need to look at to know this isn’t a team that is ready. The problem with the Eagles is that teams have figured Vick out after he terrorized defenses week after week last season. Perhaps if there was a defense to back the offense up, things wouldn’t look as bleak, but the defense has sputtered as well. With names such as Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha, you would think the defense would be better. But the talent on the Eagles defense is situated to just two or three players; many of the others should be second stringers. In particular, the defensive line and linebackers have been porous. The defense statistically doesn’t look too bad (13th), but this is a unit that should be much better than 13th. Allowing nearly 23 points a game was not in their plans when putting this defense together. The Eagles are susceptible to getting gashed up the middle due to their weak linebackers. If Brandon Jacobs wants to prove he still has it, then this is the game. The Eagles will presumably be without Michael Vick, offensive lineman King Dunlap, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and receiver Jeremy Maclin. All are focal points of the Eagles roster.
The Giants defense did something two weeks ago no defense has done in decades: shut the Patriots out for an entire first half. The pass rush consistently got to Brady, and made the offense look below average for the majority of the game. More than ever, it is a reminder of the Giants defensive line from a few years ago. Regardless, as a whole unit, though, there are holes that can be exploited (18th). The question is if the Eagles can exploit them though without Vick? The Eagles will look to Vince Young to fill the void. The same guy that dubbed the Eagles “the dream team”, so here is his opportunity to back up what he said.
Eagles vs. Giants Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Philadelphia Eagles +5
@New York Giants -5
Over 47 (-110)
Eagles vs. Giants Pick:
With the state of the Eagles, I am not sure they are going to cover on the road. Yes, Michael Vick isn’t expected to play, but I think people are over looking the importance of players such as Jeremy Maclin and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Giants have an array of capable wide receivers, and Asomugha will not be able to cover them all. Also, what kind of performance are we going to get out of Desean Jackson after getting benched last week? I believe there are too many question marks on the Eagles roster right now to warrant putting money on them.
Expect the Giants to bounce back at home, with the Giants pass rush forcing Vince Young into mistakes. It isn’t a secret that the Giants hate the Eagles; expect them to take advantage of an Eagles team that is limping around without an identity.