Week 6 Tale Of The Tape: New York Giants At Philadelphia Eagles
- QuarterbackEli Manning helped the Giants pull out a last-second victory over the 49ers in Week Five, and now the Giants have gone from 0-2 to first place in the NFC East. He is off to an excellent start with a 10-2 TD-interception ratio, and he is throwing the ball well. However, Manning and Tom Coughlin continue to have problems with clock management and that could cause problems against the Eagles.The Eagles are starting to play better after a slow start. Sam Bradford has had a hard time getting acclimated to the Philadelphia offense, but he is starting to put the ball where his receivers can catch it and he has completed 63.2 percent of his passes. He should only get better from this point and he could tear up the struggling New York secondary.
- OffenseThe Giants saw both Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle slowed by hamstring issues in their Week Five win over the Niners. If they are not at full strength here, the Giants could have problems matching the Eagles in this game. Running back Shane Vereen can gain yards on the ground but he is most valuable as a third-down receiver.The Eagles need to get a big game from running back DeMarco Murray, who gained 83 yards and scored a rushing touchdown against the Saints in Week Five. If the running game is moderately productive, that should open things up for Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper and tight end Zach Ertz. The fast pace of the Eagles offense could tire out the New York defense.
- DefenseWhile the Giants are doing a good job against the run, they have a lot of holes in their pass defense. They rank 32nd against the pass, and that weakness has been showing up consistently in the fourth quarter. That cost them in the first two games of the season and nearly cost them against the 49ers. Linebacker Uani’ Unga has a team-leading 35 tackles and he also has two interceptions.The Eagles have a similar defensive profile as the Giants because they defend the run fairly well, but they are vulnerable against the pass. Unlike the Giants, they have been able to put some pressure on opposing passers. Defensive end Fletcher Cox has a team-high 4.0 sacks, while linebacker Connor Barwin has 2.0 sacks.
- Special TeamsThe Giants have given up one kickoff return for a touchdown, but it was late in their victory over the Redskins when the game was out of reach. Placekicker Josh Brown is an impressive 13-of-13 on his FG attempts and punter Brad Wing has dropped 13 of his 22 punts inside the 20.The Eagles are not having the same success on special teams that they have had in the past, but they are still doing a good job of covering kickoffs and punts and Darren Sproles has returned a punt for a TD. Donnie Jones has a big leg and is averaging 47.0 yards per punt.
With the slight edge, the Philadelphia Eagles should come out with the win. -Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports