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No one expected the Eagles to be this bad. And if you say you did, I won’t believe you. The “buy the best team available” approach that brought the Philadelphia Phillies a fearsome foursome of hurlers as well as the NL East crown hasn’t worked out so well for the cross-town Eagles. And now, the rival Giants have a chance to end the dream for the year.
When the two NFC East rivals met earlier this season, the Giants went after Michael Vick relentlessly. In the end, Vick left the game with a broken right hand after being hit five times.
The Giants won’t have a chance to knock out Vick again. He’s already sidelined with a pair of broken ribs. Instead, they’ll be taking shots at Vince Young, a once-touted quarterback who has thrown one pass this season…for an interception. And to top it off, the Eagles top receiver Jeremy Maclin is also out with injuries.
Every Giants fan is haunted by last year’s Week 15 loss to the Eagles. The one that ended with DeSean Jackson trotting into the end zone for a game-winning punt return touchdown. The one in which every football pundit advised Matt Dodge not to kick it to the Eagles return man. The one dubbed “The Miracle at the New Meadowlands.”
The Giants players probably haven’t forgotten it either. The loss effectively ended the Giants season. This year, after a heartbreaking loss to the 49ers, the Giants-Eagles matchup represents a possible turning point for both teams. A loss here for the G-men could send the division leaders into a tailspin against New Orleans and Green Bay before facing off twice with division rival Dallas. A loss for the Eagles would mean the dream is over and some major retooling could be in order.
The good news: Matt Dodge is no longer a New York Giant. I’m watching you, Steve Weatherford! Don’t kick it to Jackson!
The Giants have a good shot of winning this game if they shut down running back LeSean McCoy. With linebacker Michael Boley out, the rest of the defense needs to step up big in this game. I think the Giants who show up here in Week 11 will bear a stark resemblance to the team that shows up in the playoffs (if they make the playoffs, that is). Here is where we learn what the 2011 Giants are made of.