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Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The New York Giants are coming off one of the best games any team has played yet this season. The Philadelphia Eagles can throw in their last performance as a candidate for the worst. While Eli Manning looks like an MVP candidate for the Giants, Eagles coach Andy Reid is answering questions about whether he needs to make a change at quarterback due to Michael Vick’s struggles. Still, the two teams sit in a tie with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East. The rivals split the season series in 2011, but New York got the win at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 3 as Manning threw four touchdown passes and the defense broke Vick‘s hand. Philadelphia will try to keep Vick on his feet long enough to steal a win when it hosts the Giants on Sunday night.
ABOUT THE GIANTS (2-1): New York looked very ordinary through the first 1 1/2 games this season, falling to the Cowboys in the opener and trailing at the half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But since the second half of the Tampa Bay game, the Giants have been the most explosive team in the league. Manning has been mistake-free over that span and running back Andre Brown has added some balance to the offense. Manning continues to find new weapons in the passing game, with tight end Martellus Bennett stepping into a featured role and leading the team with three touchdown catches. The defense was on display in Week 3, picking off Cam Newton three times in a 36-7 rout of the Carolina Panthers.
ABOUT THE EAGLES (2-1): Philadelphia leads the league with 12 turnovers and has won its two games largely in spite of Vick, who has thrown six interceptions and has fumbled the ball away three more times. The offensive line has not been much help, and the punishment Vick takes when he escapes the pocket is one of the reasons Reid has expressed concern over the quarterback situation. Running back LeSean McCoy has been an under-utilized part of the offense, totaling 13 carries in last week’s 27-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. McCoy rushed for 113 yards in a 17-10 win at New York last November. Vick sat that game out with an injury but the defense held Manning to 18-for-35 passing while sacking him three times and forcing a pair of turnovers.
1. New York RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) will return to the starting lineup on Sunday. He will split carries with Brown.
2. McCoy is averaging 107 yards in his last three home games against the Giants.