The New York Giants (2-7) are set to host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1) Sunday at 1:00 pm est at Metlife Stadium. The Giants lost in their first meeting with the Eagles weeks ago 22-21 in a game no Giants fan wants to remember. The Eagles will be getting about six of their starters back Sunday, making it a completely different Eagles team than from October 22nd. Here are five Giants to keep an eye on during Sunday’s game.
Ryan is coming off a great game with a game-sealing interception against Washington Sunday. He also forced a fumble that was never ending until it was finally recovered by the Giants. The play that caused Ryan to seal the interception was implemented just the day before by defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. The Giants are set to face Alshon Jeffery in his 2020 season debut, along with rookie Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedart. With a calf injury coming from Yiadom Friday afternoon, the Giants need all the help they can get in the secondary. Look for Ryan to be used in many different scenarios to be the most effective.
Wayne Gallman/Alfred Morris
Morris and Gallman combined to rush for 135 yards last Sunday in a win over Washington. It was revenge time for Morris facing his former team. After getting his feet wet against Tampa Bay, he started to find his spark last Sunday. Devonta Freeman was sent to IR Friday, making Morris step up to the active roster. Gallman was described as an “explosive threat” by Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Look for the duo to split carries and try to find the success as the did a week ago.
Although Golden Tate apologized for his actions and will be with the team Sunday, I believe Austin Mack showed enough last Sunday that he should earn more snaps the week. He showed he is a physical receiver that isn’t afraid to use his body to his advantage and to make big catches. He also defied the odds he was faced with coming into the league, with many saying his biggest struggle was creating separation. He did just that, leading the team with most yards of separation with an average of 4. Joe Judge labeled Mack as scrappy, especially with his blocking capabilities. Look for Mack put his physicality to the test against the Eagles, and to be the scrappy receiver we’ve all been waiting for to emerge.
Really? You put a kicker on the list? Yes, yes I did, and here’s why. Do you all remember the heart breaking loss Giants fans faced against the Eagles in 2017 when Jake Elliot hit a 61-yard field goal to end it? We may end up seeing something similar to that, but with Graham “the man” Gano. Gano did this to the Giants as well years ago as we all can recall. Graham Gano was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week this past week, and has hit 19 of 20 field goals on the year. Many were concerned with Gano’s leg after having the injury with Carolina in 2018, but he has since then showed he hasn’t missed a step. Here’s my bold prediction. The game will come down to Gano’s leg, and it may very well be a 55+ yard field goal. Gano will line up and drill it, and the Eagles can face the heartbreak the Giants faced three years ago, and the Giants can finally defeat the Eagles after losing 8 straight times.
Jones is coming off a game without a turnover for the first time all year. Although he didn’t put up any huge numbers, he did enough of his job to win the game. The defense helped by providing 5 turnovers, but the Giants didn’t do as much with those turnovers. This week they will have to play better and clean football, and that starts with Daniel Jones. Jones played one of his better games against the Eagles, and that game he will be mostly remembered for his infamous trip that would’ve been about a 90 yard touchdown. Jones will be playing the same Eagles defense for the most part, but with more possible rotations on the offensive line. The Giants line held their own last week, and they will be up against another good defensive front this week. If the Giants keep Jones upright and provide him the time to make some plays, the Giants could be in good shape on offense. Jones also has to scan the field better and protect the football at all costs.
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Dylan Davis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Canton, where he obtained a B.A.A in Sport Management. He is a former athlete of football and baseball and sports fan for much of his life. Dylan creates content for 366 Sports and New York Giants 366, and is also a host on his own show, “The J&D Sports Show”.