Yo, the New York Giants suck. Isn't that first sentence just great? The Giants have dropped to 0-5 for the first time since 1979. They are so bad that FOX had numerous graphics ready to show just how historically bad they are. A good thing for the Eagles this week was that nobody was focused on them. All eyes in the NFL were obviously centered in on NY and wondering what will happen to Eli and the Giants. It was a must win for both teams, and thankfully the Eagles were the ones to come out on top. Most credit goes to the 4th quarter collapse, that's right, collapse of Eli Manning. Eagles players also deserve credit and click read more to see their grades. It's Monday Morning, you should be feeling good, the Eagles are in first place.
On Monday in my recap about the lackluster (even that sounds better than it was) game against the Denver Broncos, I laid out the Eagles next four games. On Sunday, the New York Giants host our Eagles at 1:00pm. Essentially this game will make or break one of these team's seasons. The Eagles have dropped three in a row after the stunning victory over the Redskins to open the season. On the other side of the ball, the Giants have yet to win a single game. Here's what's at stake for each team in this Week 5 showdown.
For the Giants: This is the season right here. Basically, Tom Coughlin's job is on the line. The Giants have not been able to do a single thing right all year. They are 0-4 with losses to Dallas, Denver, Carolina (shutout, too), and Kansas City. Eli Manning has thrown only six TDs but has superbly outdone himself with nine interceptions. Really, way to go Eli, so much for those fourth quarter comebacks this year huh? Also, the defense has been downright mediocre.
So far, the Giants average one sack per game. For those of you counting at home, that's four for the whole year. Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul (who I will continue to blast as overrated) have been invisible this season.
The running game is atrocious. They recently cut Da'Rel Scott, one of their leading rushers, and refuse to hand the ball to David Wilson after that fumble fest the opening night in Dallas.
The Giants need to win and win now in order for things to somewhat hold together for the rest of the season. There have been some reports of low morale and no confidence inside the Giants locker room. They need a boost- a shot of life, and they are most likely looking for that to come on Sunday. This one against the Eagles may be all they need (hopefully not) to find the drive to win.
For our Eagles: Must. Beat. The. Giants. It's a bigger must win for them, but its still pretty big for the Eagles. If the Eagles can't pull it off, they will be tied with the Giants with a record of 1-4. Can't happen. It just can't happen. Looking at this defense, if there is any team on the upcoming schedule that can make them look decent its the Giants and the Buccaneers (Week 6). The Giants have a non-existent running game, and Eli has struggled throwing the ball to either side of the hashes. He has been decent up the middle, but other than that its been picks all day (hehe).
I loathe the Giants as much as most of you, and the Eagles really need to kick them when they are down. This is the time to ruin their season and when they return to Philly in week 8, who knows maybe Coughlin isn't standing on the other sideline. Who knows? I'm merely speculating.
Beating the Giants and moving to 2-3 is critical for the Eagles season. Moving closer to that 8-8 record under first year head coach Chip Kelly would be a huge success. And who knows, maybe the NFC East can pull an NFC West of a few years ago and the team with 7 or 8 wins will be the one winning the division. We can all dream, but must remember that the outcome of this week could really send the Giants into a tailspin or give them a fresh breath of life which appears they need so badly.
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Welcome to the first installment of the NFL Sunday Hangover. A quick "whip-around" of each game and some important notes you can tell your co-workers today. It was a certainly strange first week. A few comeback victories - the Patriots and Jets were the biggest. Three safeties in the early goings of three games (TEN v PIT, JAC v KC, and NYJ v TB).
It happens four times a year. Once in January/February, twice in June, and once in October. The playoffs bring out speculation about certain players and just how good they really are. After months fade away, the hype typically dies down and clarity strikes those who were awe struck. Dirk Nowitzki had an amazing 2011 NBA Postseason which had many people openly wondering whether Dirk is one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history. Here we are, six months later, and no one is wondering that anymore. Dirk is one of the elite power forwards in today’s game but not in history. And now, right before our very eyes, it is happening again. Eli Manning. Eli is playing at an incredibly high level. And, those that are awe struck and cannot see through the reality of the situation are saying he is better than his brother, Peyton.