Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants: NFL Week 15 Pre-Game Analysis

After the Minnesota VikingsMetrodome collapsed under 17 inches of snow from a severe blizzard, the game was moved from Minnesota to Detroit at Ford Stadium.  This has been a disruptive affair for both teams, but the New York Giants appeared to get the worst of it.  However, they endured and won over a headless Minnesota Vikings team without Brett Favre.  Two things now stack against the Giants team: the loss of a day of rest and the easy game against the Vikings. Now to the pre-game analysis:

Quarterbacks

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions against the Dallas Cowboys.  However, if not for DeSean Jackson‘s 91-yard touchdown run, the game would have remained quite close.  The Cowboys have finally perfected the formula that the New York Giants originally created and contained Vick for much of the game.  Michael Vick currently has a 104.3 quarterback rating on 17 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and 2,513 passing yards. Meanwhile, on the New York Giants end of the scale, Eli Manning has a 92.1 rating on 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.  However, Manning has not playing fantastic over the last few games.  He’s had 6 interceptions over the Giants last four games. And the Philadelphia Eagles defense won’t get any easier. The Eagles clearly get the edge in this one.

Running Backs

The Eagles’ LeSean McCoy has 972 yards,  7 touchdowns and averaging 5.3 yards per carry to date.   Note that Michael Vick has nearly half the rushing yardage of McCoy and 7 touchdowns as well.  No wonder the NFL referees still consider him a running back-quarterback.  The Giants’  Brandon Jacobs has 282 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4.9 yards per carry.  Jacobs has been hot lately with two consecutive 100+ yard games and 3 touchdowns between them. I think Jacobs and the Giants have the edge in this game since the Giants will most likely resort to the run to stall Vick and the Eagles from entering the field.

Wide Receivers

The Philadelphia Eagles tandem of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have been devastating together. They have a combined 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns between them. They are averaging combined about 18.9 yards per reception.  Meanwhile, the New York Giants receivers of Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks have a combined 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns between them.  However, the Giants receivers are averaging about 13 yards per reception between them.  The Eagles get the edge in terms of pure long yardage threats.

Tight Ends

Condundrum for the Philadelphia Eagles on this one…Eagles tight end Brent Celek has been getting more involved lately, but he still only has 342 yards, 3 touchdowns and 11.4 yards per reception since last game.  The Giants tight end Kevin Boss has 443 yards, 4 touchdowns and 14.8 yards per reception.  Although Vick should lean toward Celek more in this game, Eli Manning should do the same but with actual intention of gaining yardage rather than token passes.  The Giants get the large edge in this one.

Defenses

The aggressive New York Giants defense is ranked 2nd in pass and 5th in rush. The Giants defense pounded Brett Favre’s replacement, Tarvaris Jackson, last game, sending him to the sidelines in the third quarter and last few seconds of the fourth quarter.  On the opposite end, the Philadelphia Eagles defense ranked 17th in the pass and 11th against the rush.  On the downside, the Eagles offensive line is still mediocre at best.  The Giants defense may be running on fumes, but they are also inspired from the Vikings game.  The Giants get a huge edge, and they pose a severe threat to Michael Vick’s health in this game.

Coaches/Intangibles

Eagles coach Andy Reid is still running his pass-first offense, and Giants coach Tom Coughlin is running his running-based game, with some balanced passing attack.  The Eagles get the edge on coaches. But then there’s the Giants defense…If there’s a game to fear for Michael Vick, it’s this one.  Even with disruptions for the Vikings game, they still sidelined another quarterback — even momentarily. Vick won’t get no reprieve.    The Giants get a large edge overall.

The Edge

The edge goes to the Giants in a close game, I think. 20-17 New York Giants for the simple reason that the Dallas Cowboys have finally perfected the Giants original formula to stop Vick, and now the Giants will improve the formula once again.  I think Vick may suffer a serious injury in this game due to the aggression of the Giants defense, and Kevin Kolb may make his return.

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