|Last 3 Games||1-2||+0.3||1-2||2-1||18.7||11.0||333.0||(5.3)||2.7||27.3||7.7||292.0||(4.7)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||18.2||7.7||20.9||29:49||26-118||(4.6)||23-39||59.6%||238||(6.2)||64-357||(5.5)||(19.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.2||11.8||20.1||30:11||26-113||(4.3)||22-35||62.2%||245||(6.9)||62-358||(5.8)||(15.4)|
|Offense Road Games||16.0||6.1||20.9||29:54||24-124||(5.2)||23-42||55.3%||234||(5.5)||66-358||(5.4)||(22.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||26.8||12.1||19.0||30:27||30-123||(4.2)||18-31||60.0%||216||(7)||60-340||(5.6)||(12.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.8||11.7||20.1||30:22||26-108||(4.2)||23-36||61.9%||253||(6.9)||62-360||(5.8)||(15.1)|
|Defense Road Games||25.3||12.1||17.9||30:06||30-129||(4.3)||17-28||60.8%||201||(7.1)||59-330||(5.6)||(13)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||1.5||2.4||-1.5||14-5||38.0%||1-1||60.0%||4-77||(20.7)||2-20||(10.9)||6-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||2.1||13-5||38.8%||1-0||52.2%||3-67||(23)||20-2||(9.1)||6-52|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||1.4||2.4||-1.6||15-6||40.6%||1-1||60.0%||3-63||(22)||2-32||(14.8)||6-51|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.5||0.3||0.9|| ||13-5||40.0%||1-0||20.0%||3-66||(24.6)||3-36||(13.5)||8-67|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||38.4%||1-0||51.5%||3-61||(23.7)||22-2||(9.6)||7-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.6||0.3||0.9|| ||13-6||42.4%||1-0||25.0%||2-51||(25.3)||3-34||(11.8)||7-62|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.6||1-2||1-2||22.0||9.3||278.7||(5.6)||1.7||31.3||18.0||471.3||(6.6)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||25.8||13.6||19.7||29:01||25-112||(4.5)||21-34||59.8%||241||(7)||59-353||(5.9)||(13.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.7||11.3||20||30:08||26-110||(4.2)||22-36||61.6%||242||(6.8)||62-352||(5.7)||(15.5)|
|Offense Home Games||33.7||17.4||22.6||29:40||25-119||(4.7)||22-36||60.6%||272||(7.6)||61-391||(6.4)||(11.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.5||12.1||19.9||30:59||28-130||(4.6)||21-33||64.4%||257||(7.8)||61-388||(6.3)||(17.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.1||11.6||20.3||30:24||26-114||(4.3)||22-35||63.0%||249||(7.1)||62-363||(5.9)||(15)|
|Defense Home Games||24.1||13.4||18.7||30:20||27-139||(5.1)||20-31||64.1%||254||(8.1)||59-393||(6.7)||(16.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.4||1.4||0.9||12-5||39.7%||1-0||50.0%||4-108||(26.1)||1-10||(6.9)||5-38|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||2||13-5||38.6%||1-0||49.5%||3-66||(23.1)||20-2||(9.2)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.3||0.3||1.6||1.0||12-5||44.4%||1-0||75.0%||4-119||(26.8)||1-8||(6.9)||5-37|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.3||0.9||2.3|| ||12-5||43.5%||1-1||47.1%||4-104||(23.7)||2-23||(9.7)||6-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||39.1%||1-0||55.1%||3-62||(23.6)||22-2||(10.1)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.4||1.1||2.6|| ||12-4||37.3%||1-1||60.0%||5-141||(26)||2-21||(9.7)||8-73|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHILADELPHIA 21.1, NY GIANTS 22.2|
|11/5/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS||13-28||L||3||L||52.5||U||29-221||22-41-226||2||25-140||21-27-231||2|
|12/9/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||23-21||W||7||W||48||U||16-29||32-51-338||1||32-136||14-34-178||0|
|12/30/2012||@ NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|PHILADELPHIA: Philly has returned to a relatively balanced offensive attack, finishing middle of the pack in run/pass balance in 2011. The running game really took off after the arrival of offensive line guru Howard Mudd last season, and they're now one of the league's most effective zone-blocking teams. Head coach Andy Reid admitted that LeSean McCoy was overworked last season, so look for him to get closer to about 70 percent of the team's reps rather than the 80-plus percent he got last year. Either Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown or Chris Polk will pick up the rest. All four backs are capable of playing three downs. McCoy will get the vast majority of the team's red zone touches. The Eagles' West Coast is aggressive attacking downfield. Despite last year's issues, DeSean Jackson downfield is still this team's No. 1 option, especially when quarterback Michael Vick is able to buy time with his legs. Tight end Brent Celek emerged as a legitimate No. 2 target underneath, though Jeremy Maclin could have a bigger role now that he's entering training camp 100 percent healthy. Every once in awhile, they'll have a game plan specific to slot receiver Jason Avant, but his role will be limited as long as their top three pass catchers are healthy. They also feature McCoy and the backs heavily in the screen game. When they throw near the goal line, they look to run some sort of play-action or other misdirection and get the ball primarily to Celek. The loss of Asante Samuel hurts the Philadelphia defense, but plenty of talent remains in the secondary, most notably shutdown corners Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. There's also plenty of talent up front with DEs Jason Babin (18 sacks) and Trent Cole (11 sacks). Babin made a great decision following DL coach Jim Washburn back to Philly to play in the 'wide nine' formation, and it resulted in six multi-sack performances in 2011. Philly's blitz-happy scheme keeps defenses from doubling Babin, and the presence of Cole, one of the NFL's most consistent defensive linemen, helps open things up even more. The weakness of this defense in 2011 was the linebacking corps, which is where former Texans LB DeMeco Ryans comes in. His best years in Houston were as a 4-3 middle linebacker before the Texans switched to a 3-4 a year ago. A likely three-down 4-3 MLB in Philly, he's a solid bounce-back candidate and, as long as he can remain healthy, the productive middle man the Eagles have been lacking since Jeremiah Trotter. |
|NY GIANTS: The Giants' run game is built primarily around man-on-man power blocking. The backfield has been shuffled a bit with the plodding Brandon Jacobs out and explosive rookie David Wilson in. But despite the fact that they burned a first-rounder on Wilson, Ahmad Bradshaw is still expected to handle the majority of the snaps. Bradshaw has become decent as a blocker and receiver, while Wilson has a long way to go in blitz pick-up. When they run near the goal line, Bradshaw will be the primary back, a role he spilt with Jacobs last season. D.J. Ware will pick up some passing down scraps, but will spend most of the game on the sidelines unless Bradshaw or Wilson gets hurt. The key players in offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride's complex passing game have meshed nicely. They might run a little less of their three-wide base this year with Mario Manningham out and rookie Rueben Randle in. Victor Cruz, who is effective inside and out, will slide to the slot when Randle is on the field, and Cruz will be Eli Manning's top target; Manning has always relied heavily on his slot guys. Hakeem Nicks is strictly on the perimeter as a big-play threat and will also be targeted frequently. Manning uses his tight ends as safety blankets, though new TE Martellus Bennett is more of an up-the-field threat with inconsistent hands. They'll run a handful of screens to all three backs, but Bradshaw is relied on for blitz pickup. Nicks was Manning's favorite red zone target a year ago, and he should be again in 2012. The Giants have nearly 100 sacks over the past two seasons, with stars Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck (when healthy) anchoring what's arguably the NFL's best defensive line. Pierre-Paul is the most athletic lineman in the league, able to rush the quarterback, tackle, bat down passes and force fumbles. Tuck, meanwhile, has vowed to be in the best shape of his life to start 2012, in an effort to prevent a second straight injury-marred campaign in which he saw limited snaps. Then there's Osi Umenyiora, who is usually good for about 10 sacks despite the fact that he's on the sidelines for many running downs. The secondary will get a boost from the return of cornerback Terrell Thomas, whose 21 passes defensed in 2010 ranked third in the NFL. Antrel Rolle played safety and some slot corner last year, but the return of Thomas, who tore his ACL last August, should allow Rolle to play more exclusively at his natural safety position in 2012. |
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*Eagles-Giants Preview* =======================
By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer
The New York Giants' chances for the NFC East title have slipped away, and now they will need plenty of help just to reach the playoffs.
Beating a Philadelphia Eagles team with Michael Vick at quarterback in what is expected to be Andy Reid's last game as coach could prove to be difficult enough.
The Giants have lost five straight home meetings with the Eagles and eight of nine overall in this series heading into Sunday's finale.
New York (8-7) led the East most of the season, getting off to a 6-2 start that seemed to indicate the defending Super Bowl champions were once again contenders.
The Giants, however, have since dropped five of seven, including consecutive losses by a margin of 67-14. Last week's 33-14 defeat in Baltimore eliminated them from winning the division.
Now New York must beat Philadelphia (4-11) and hope Chicago, Minnesota and Dallas all lose in order to gain the No. 6 seed as a wild card.
"Obviously, the scenarios are very possible," quarterback Eli Manning said. "It's not like a bunch of huge upsets have to happen. These are three divisional games being played and in the division, you never know what might occur."
This series has decidedly been in favor of Philadelphia since former New York receiver Plaxico Burress shot himself Nov. 28, 2008. The Giants had won six of eight over the Eagles including playoffs prior to that incident before losing eight of the next nine, suffering a 19-17 defeat Sept. 30.
That win over New York improved Philadelphia to 3-1 but an eight-game losing streak followed. The 11 defeats equal the most under Reid since his first team went 5-11 in 1999.
Reid's third losing season in 14 campaigns with the Eagles appears to be his last. The notoriously tough Philadelphia fans chanted his name after Sunday's 27-20 home loss to Washington.
The NFL's longest-tenured coach insists he is focusing on playing the Giants rather than his situation.
"You don't think of those things," Reid said. "Your mind never goes there. It's one day at a time and that's how you go about it. You really don't look into the future."
Reid had originally named Nick Foles his starter for the rest of the season, but Foles broke his throwing hand against the Redskins. That opens the door for Vick, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion during a loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 11 but has been cleared to return.
Vick is 3-1 as a starter against the Giants since joining Philadelphia, and it's widely expected this will be his last season with the Eagles.
"I'm fully confident in myself and the guys around me," Vick said. "We'll have to go out there and put it all together for the last game and get a win for Andy."
In Vick's first six starts this season, the only one in which he did not commit a turnover was the victory over the Giants. He helped guide the Eagles to a go-ahead field goal with 1:49 left before New York's Lawrence Tynes missed a 54-yard attempt as time expired.
Manning was 24 of 42 for 309 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in that contest.
Such efforts from Manning have been lacking recently. His meaningless touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter last Sunday helped him avoid a fifth game in eight without one.
It hasn't helped the two-time Super Bowl MVP that Hakeem Nicks continues to deal with a knee injury. Nicks was held without a catch last week for the first time in his career.
He's listed as questionable, along with defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder) and safety Kenny Phillips (knee). Nicks did limited work Thursday while Tuck took limited practice reps all three days.
Phillips has missed the last three games.
New York may not have enjoyed recent home success against Philadelphia, but it is looking forward to improving on its 5-2 mark at MetLife Stadium after the blowout road losses to Atlanta and Baltimore.
"Our fans are here," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We're excited to play in front of our fans and I hope that engenders the same kind of result this Sunday."
New York will be challenged to stop LeSean McCoy, who returned against the Redskins with 122 total yards after missing four games with a concussion. McCoy has three straight and four career 100-yard rushing efforts against the Giants, including 123 in the first matchup.
Slowing McCoy may be even more difficult without defensive tackle Chris Canty (knee), who's listed as doubtful.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:47:34 AM EST|