Eagles-Giants Preview

The last time the Philadelphia Eagles visited Giants Stadium,

they ended the New York Giants’ bid to repeat as Super Bowl


The Eagles can damage the Giants’ bid to reach their fifth

straight postseason Sunday night when the NFC East rivals conclude

their season series.

Including postseason, Philadelphia (8-4) has won three straight

over New York (7-5). The Eagles won 40-17 at home Nov. 1, and

prevailed at Giants Stadium twice last season including a 23-11

victory in a divisional playoff game.

“I’m not going to talk about the three games,” Giants coach Tom

Coughlin said. “I think we are well aware of the first game here

this year. We gave up a lot of big plays; didn’t stop the run. And,

again, I think that is where it starts for us.”

If the Eagles’ streak reaches four, Philadelphia will be two

games up on New York with three games left and own the tiebreaker

over the Giants for any playoff spot. The Eagles are tied for first

in the East with Dallas.

Donovan McNabb had three first-half touchdown passes and did not

finish with an interception in last month’s win over New York.

Counterpart Eli Manning was picked off twice as the Giants fell

behind 30-7 by halftime.

The Eagles, however, do not believe they have the secret to

dominating the Giants.

“I think we have had the opportunity of having less turnovers

than them and have put ourselves in position to score when the time

was needed,” McNabb said. “I think that not only for this

particular game, but that is how you win games in this league.”

McNabb threw for 238 yards and one score last Sunday in

Philadelphia’s third straight win overall, 34-7 at Atlanta. He’ll

have one of his favorite targets back this week in DeSean


The second-year wideout sat out against the Falcons after

suffering a concussion the previous week against Washington. He

leads the Eagles with 769 receiving yards and has scored seven

touchdowns – six receiving.

“DeSean will be back in there going,” said Eagles coach Andy

Reid, who received a three-year extension through 2013 on

Wednesday. “Back in the swing.”

The Eagles expect to be without running back Brian Westbrook

(concussion) for the sixth time in seven games. Fullback Leonard

Weaver has a total of 81 yards on 11 carries in his last two


The Giants are familiar with Weaver, who ran eight times for a

career-high 75 yards – including a 41-yard TD run – in the Nov. 1


That game in Philadelphia is the last time New York running back

Brandon Jacobs had at least 20 carries. The struggling Jacobs has

averaged 35.0 rushing yards in his last three games.

That didn’t stop Jacobs from having a major impact last Sunday

in a 31-24 win over Dallas. He scored his fourth rushing touchdown

of the season before finding the end zone again on a 74-yard

reception that put the Giants ahead for good in the third


“I think we are back to our old selves and we got a tough

Philadelphia team that is coming in here on Sunday,” Jacobs said.

“We are going to come out and try to do the same thing and try to

have the same emotion.”

Jacobs is averaging 85.2 rushing yards in his last five games

against Philadelphia.

New York will also need an improved effort from Manning, who has

two touchdowns and four interceptions in the three-game slide

against Philadelphia. He’ll try to avoid getting picked off by

Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel for the third straight meeting.

“It’s Philly, that is big enough motivation,” Manning said. ” We

just have to know that we are going to have to go in there and play

well. They are playing great football and we have to be at our


Giants receiver Steve Smith is second in the NFC with 979

receiving yards and needs five receptions to break Amani Toomer’s

single-season club record of 82, set in 2002. That mark is the

lowest such franchise record in the NFL.

New York’s sixth-ranked defense may see a lot of Michael Vick on

Sunday. The quarterback in his first season back from a prison term

and league suspension scored his first touchdown of the year and

threw his first touchdown pass last week in his return to


“Every week is different with him,” said Reid about how many

snaps to expect from Vick. “It wasn’t because he was in Atlanta,

but it worked out that way. We don’t have a set number.”

The Eagles’ last season sweep of the Giants was in 2004 – also

the season of their lone Super Bowl appearance under Reid.