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It’s already been a roller coaster season for the New York Giants. Plagued by injuries and an ineffectual offense, the Giants are lucky to be 1-1. With news that wide receivers Mario Manningham (concussion) and Domenik Hixon (torn ACL) are out, the Week 3 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles looks even more threatening.
As usual, the Giants have one of the best run stopping defenses in the league. The Eagles, with Michael Vick under center and LeSean McCoy in the backfield, have the second best rushing attack. Expect bruising hits and ankle breaking jukes (metaphorically…we hope).
Also some of the best pass defenders are lining up for the Eagles. Eli Manning has struggled with control issues, throwing at least one interception in his past seven starts, so maybe it’s time for the Giants running attack to get going. If they hope to have any success, they will have big games from Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.
With Manningham and Hixon out, Victor Cruz will be starting opposite Hakeem Nicks. He’ll be facing a lot of pressure from the twosome of Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha. He had two receptions against the Rams after the third quarter injuries, but don’t expect to see a jaw-dropping performance from him against the Eagles. They’re just too good.
On the Philadelphia side of things, Michael Vick’s concussion last week has turned up the heat on backup quarterbacks Vince Young and Mike Kafka. Kafka went 7-9 with a passer rating of 100 when he stepped in for the injured Vick. If the Giants pressure takes Vick out again, the Eagles could face the tough decision. Do they go with the veteran or the promising sophomore?
Even though the game could turn into a blowout, any rivalry matchup has added intrigue. Watch for emotions to run high and for the score to remain low.