TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: New York Giants At Philadelphia Eagles

New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
(credit: Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
(credit: Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
Quarterback
Winner The Giants have endured a nightmarish season, and Eli Manning has been a main part of that bad dream. Manning has been a turnover machine much of the year. While he has been under duress throughout the year and that has caused many of his errant throws, his own inaccuracy is also a big part. Despite his problems, Manning has the pedigree to turn the situation around.
The Eagles will be at a disadvantage as they prepare for this game. Michael Vick will get the start for Week 8 after suffering a hamstring injury. Backup Nick Foles (concussion) will not be able to play should Vick's hamstring act up.
Offense
The Giants have not had a consistent running game this season. The Giants’ strength is their wide receivers, and Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks can be a formidable duo. Cruz has blazing speed, is not afraid to catch the ball in traffic and he has excellent run after the catch skills. Nicks can also get open, while Rueben Randle is improving and can make the big play.
Winner The Eagles have an explosive quality to their running game with LeSean McCoy, who excels as both a ball carrier and receiver. DeSean Jackson is one of the fastest wide receivers in the league, and he has caught 37 passes for 610 yards and five TDs. Tight end Brent Celek is a tough receiver who can get open in the red zone.
Defense
Winner The Giants' defense has slipped dramatically over a two-year period. They had a brilliant pass rush and a solid secondary, but they have fallen badly in both areas. If the Giants are going to improve, they need pass rushers Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka to step up and have an impact. FS Ryan Mundy is the Giants’ leading tackler.
The Eagles rank 31st in overall defense and 30th against the pass. Those kind of statistics make it difficult to compete for 60 minutes. Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans is a hard working player who leads the team with 60 tackles, but he is not a gifted athlete. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin has 29 tackles and a team-high 3.0 sacks.
Special Teams
The Giants have struggled badly with their coverage teams as they have given up three punt returns for touchdowns. Josh Brown has not been impressive as the team’s placekicker this season and he does not have the leg strength to make 50-plus yarders.
Winner The Eagles have also fared poorly with their coverage teams, as they have allowed one kickoff return for a score. Jackson is an explosive returner, but Kelly is hesitant to use him in that role. Alex Henery is an average placekicker, but Donnie Jones is a fairly good directional punter.

We'll Just Call it a Tie

(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images) (credit: Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

The Eagles have a lot of uncertainty at the quarterback position and they are coming off a miserable offensive effort against the Dallas Cowboys. If Vick is not in top shape, this game could go badly for them.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 4: Tight end Dennis Pitta #88 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with teammate quarterback Joe Flacco #5 after scoring a second quarter touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 04:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to throw a pass during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
    Week 14 Tale Of The Tape: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

    The Ravens and Patriots meet again in Gillette in what should be another great game.

  2. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1:  Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys hands the ball off to Ezekiel Elliott #21in the first half of the game agains the Minnesota Vikings on December 1, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 4, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
    Week 14 Tale Of The Tape: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

    The NFC East rivals meet again in the Meadowlands as the Cowboys look to avenge their only loss of the year.

  3. SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 04: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes during warmups before a game against the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field on December 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 04:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is pressured by Christian Covington #95 of the Houston Texans during the first half of a game at Lambeau Field on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
    Week 14 Tale Of The Tape: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

    The Seahawks travel to Lambeau for a match-up with the resurgent Pack.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS New York

BUY TICKETS NOW
Get Our Morning Briefs
Bloomberg WCBS Tri-State Business Index

Listen Live