Week 3 is here and we have two division rivals going at it. The New York Football Giants will head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. The New York Giants have started this young season 0-2, while playing some really bad football. Their defense has looked solid, but their offense has looked atrocious as they have combined for 13 points over their first two games. On the other hand, the Eagles have started off the season 1-1, while playing some good football. They beat division rival Washington in week one fairly easy, but lost a tough one to the Kansas City Chiefs. Two teams trending in opposite directions in this game. Can the Giants turn their season around, or will the Eagles keep up their solid start?
Giants’ Keys to Victory
Better Offensive Line Play
I feel like this is an obvious key for anyone who has been watching the Giants play over these first two weeks. Ereck Flowers has been one of the worst, if not the worst, tackles in all of football. He has already let up 5 sacks this season! On top of his awful play, the Giants will be without starting RT Bobby Hart. Hart has not been playing very good either, but depth is already an issue for the Giants at offensive line. The Eagles have 8 sacks already on the year, which is tied for 5th in the league. If the Giants want any chance at winning this game, it is going to start in the trenches and protecting Eli Manning.
Get Odell Beckham the Ball
Odell Beckham said he is finally 100% healthy this week. He had a quiet week last week, but was only targeted five teams. The most logical way to win games is to give your best player the ball. Beckham is obviously the Giants’ best player, therefore, find ways to get him involved. More slants, take deep shots down field, give him the ball out of the back field, wide receiver screens, let him returns punts, just get him the ball in anyway you can. Brandon Marshall has looked terrible, Eli has no time, Paul Perkins/Orleans Darkwa/Shane Vereen out of the backfield have looked bad and rookie Evan Engram is in the concussion protocol. GIVE ODELL THE BALL.
Stop the Pass
Carson Wentz is having a nice start to the year for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is currently 5th in football with 640 passing yards and 6th with 4 passing touchdowns. However, the Eagles have struggled to run the ball as they are only averaging 82.5 rushing yards per game. The Giants seem like they will be without Janoris Jenkins once again, but it did not effect them too much last game. Eli Apple got exposed on a touchdown to Marvin Jones, however, that was the only time the secondary seemed to be exposed. I think the Lions and Eagles have very similar offensive weapons besides at the tight end position, which I think will be the biggest problem for the Giants’ defense. The Giants have been exposed by tight ends so far this year, as they have given up a touchdown to a tight end in each of their first two games. In steps Zach Ertz. He is the best tight end that the Giants will have faced so far this season. He is having a monster season so far and if the Giants can shut him down, they will be successful on the defensive end. B.J. Goodson is out again, so Calvin Munson will have to step up. The Giants may rely a bit on Landon Collins to help stop Ertz as well. Whatever the game plan is, they are going to have to stop Ertz if they want to shutdown the Eagles’ offense.