Week 3 Tale Of The Tape: New York Giants At Philadelphia Eagles
- QuarterbackIt can be dangerous to diminish Eli Manning. The long-time Giants quarterback has gone through several dry periods throughout his career, and there have been several occasions where it looks like he doesn’t belong in the starting lineup. However, he knows how to respond with passing accuracy, awareness of what the defense is trying to do and big-play ability.While he is still growing and developing, it appears that Carson Wentz is on his way to an excellent career in the NFL and stardom is beckoning. Wentz is clearly hungry for every challenge and he has the physical skills needed to lead the team by executing big plays at key moments. He is a team leader and has the toughness to take the hit and respond well on the next snap.
- OffenseThe Giants are a somewhat one-dimensional team because they are not committed to the running game. Paul Perkins may have decent ability, but he is not getting enough of an opportunity to prove himself through two games (update). Odell Beckham Jr. is still not at 100 percent, and Brandon Marshall seems like he has lost quite a bit of his effectiveness.The Eagles are likely to get better on the offensive side of the ball as players like LeGarrette Blount and Alshon Jeffery mesh with Wentz. Blount has size, strength, power and knows how to finish short-yardage runs that result in first downs and touchdowns. Jeffery has excellent reach and knows how to win the battle on 50-50 balls. TE Zach Ertz is getting better every week.
- DefenseThe Giants have made tremendous progress on the defensive side of the ball, and they do an excellent job of stopping the run with DT Damon Harrison taking on blockers and winning the battle. Olivier Vernon can pressure the passer from his DE position, while Janoris Jenkins excels in coverage. Strong safety Landon Collins is among the best at his position in the league.The Eagles are a work in progress on the defensive side of the ball, but they are getting better and could be an impactful unit in the near future. MLB Mychal Kendricks is a big-time performer who can direct his teammates and came up with a sack in the Week Two loss to the Chiefs. Defensive ends Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham have the ability to come around the corner and cause problems.
- Special TeamsThe Giants aren’t bad on special teams, but hanging in there and getting the job done half the time won’t help against this opponent. Dwayne Harris can be a dangerous return man, but he will fumble the ball on occasion. Aldrick Rosas is an unproven placekicker.The Eagles do a fine job in punt and kickoff coverage, and the presence of Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood means the Eagles are a threat to make big plays in the return game. Donnie Jones is a solid punter who can drop the ball inside the opponents’ 20.
These two NFC East rivals are going to go after each other and fight to the finish in typical NFC East fashion. The Giants are coming off a Monday night home game against the Lions, and they must be prepared for the up-and-coming Eagles.