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Fearless Prediction: Eagles (8-4) at Giants (7-5)
Game SnapshotKICKOFF: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET
SURFACE: Artificial turf
TV: NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Andrea Kremer)
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Eagles get WR DeSean Jackson (concussion) back, and he'll team with rookie Jeremy Maclin for a pass-first gameplan. Coach Andy Reid called for just 23 passes in Atlanta last Sunday, but the temptation will be to drop back and attack the Giants' shaky secondary. QB Donovan McNabb threw three touchdown passes in the first meeting, opening holes for a ground game that averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Giants QB Eli Manning is no doubt spending plenty of time studying the film of the first meeting. The Eagles kept him confused by mixing in blitzes and dropping defenders into coverage. RBs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw can help foil that approach, but the Giants have to keep it a one-score game to remain balanced. FAST FACTS: The Eagles are 44-1 when McNabb starts and has a passer rating of at least 100. ... The Giants have won their past 11 games in which DE Justin Tuck has at least one sack.
- WR Jeremy Maclin, who is battling plantar fasciitis, didn't practice for the second straight day. But coach Andy Reid said it was simply to give Maclin's foot some rest. Reid said Maclin will play Sunday.
- WR Kevin Curtis, who hasn't played since Week 2 after having surgery on his knee, practiced on a limited basis Thursday, but won't play Sunday against the Giants.
- RB Brian Westbrook, who has missed five of the last six games after suffering two concussions, won't play again Sunday. He practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
- LT Jason Peters, who left Sunday's game in the second quarter with head and shoulder injuries, was a full participant in practice Thursday and is expected to play Sunday night against the Giants.
- LB Akeem Jordan practiced Thursday and is expected to play Sunday after missing the last four games with a hyper-extended knee. How much he'll play depends on how his knee feels.
- QB Eli Manning is on the verge of becoming the first signal caller in franchise history to have 3,000-plus yards five years in a row. Manning needs just 75 yards to add this record to his name.
- RB Brandon Jacobs has been the offense's best weapon during the month of December. In his past three December games played, Jacobs has rushed for 360 yards (120 yards per game) and five touchdowns in when given at least 20 rushing attempts.
- WR Steve Smith needs 21 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. Smith has been averaging 81.58 yards per game which would put him on pace to finish the season with 1,305 receiving yards.
- G Chris Snee (knee) was back at practice on a limited basis. Snee, who missed most of the second half of last week's game after suffering a hyper- flexing of his knee, is expected to play on Sunday.
- S Michael Johnson (groin) returned to practice on a limited basis. Johnson's status remains uncertain, as he'll probably be listed as questionable for Sunday's game. While Johnson said he was optimistic about being able to play on Sunday, he didn't sound too convincing. He said that the decision was out of his hands at this point.
- TE Travis Beckum (groin) who was added to the injury list late last week, took his full practice load. Beckum is still waiting for an opportunity to make a contribution to the Giants' offense.