Eagles Titans Football

The Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery, left, and Carson Wentz celebrate after they combined on a 16-yard touchdown pass against the Titans during their Week 4 game in Nashville, Tennessee. As the Eagles’ starting quarterback, Wentz is 13-2 at Lincoln Financial Field, site of Sunday’s game against Minnesota. He has won nine consecutive starts at home.

Season records: Eagles 2-3; Giants 1-4

Line: Eagles by 3 points

Over/under: 45 points

TV announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Fox, NFL Network)

My pick: Eagles get back on track. Eagles 27, Giants 24 (season record: 1-4)

Last time met: The Eagles clinched a first-round bye for the playoffs last season with a 34-29 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 17. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw four touchdown passes in his first start in place of injured Carson Wentz. Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for 437 yards and three TDs.

Eagles’ best-case scenario: They snap their two-game losing streak with a solid performance. Running back Corey Clement rushes for 100 yards in place of injured Jay Ajayi. Wentz gets enough time behind his leaky offensive line to throw three TD passes. Cornerback Ronald Darby returns a Manning interception for a TD.

Eagles’ worst-case scenario: The slump continues and they suffer their third straight loss for the first time since the 2016 season. Wentz has two interceptions and throws 50 passes after the Giants bottle up the running game. The offensive line gives up six sacks. Giants running back Saquon Barkley rushes for 150 yards. Manning throws two TD passes to Odell Beckham Jr.

Keep an eye on: Barkley (No. 26). The Giants’ first-round pick is off to an impressive start. The 5-foot-11, 233-pounder blends size and speed and has rushed for 308 yards and three TDs on 71 carries (4.3 yards per carry). He also has 31 receptions for 274 yards and two TDs.

Notable numbers

Giants lead series 86-84-2 ... Eagles have won seven of last eight in the series. ... Eagles are 0-2 in road games this season. ... Eagles are 6-2 at MetLife Stadium. ... Giants are 0-2 at home this season. ... Manning is 10-18 against the Eagles. ... Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has at least 10 catches and 100 yards in back-to-back games. He’s the first NFL tight end to do so since Kansas City’s Tony Gonzalez in 2004.

Assessing the offenses

Eagles: Ajayi is out for the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Running back Darren Sproles (hamstring) will miss his fifth straight game. Clement, Wendell Smallwood and maybe rookie Josh Adams will fill in. Wentz has shown improvement but has gotten little help. Isaac Seumalo is expected to start again at left guard. Ertz has been the team’s top offensive player.

Giants: They’re coming off a heart-breaking loss at Carolina. Graham Gano booted a 63-yard field goal to give the Panthers a 33-31 win. Giants have scored 18 points or less in three of their five games. Manning has six TDs against three interceptions. Barkley is already among the best all-around backs. Beckham is very talented but has been a locker room distraction this week. Tight end Evan Engram might play.


Assessing the defenses

Eagles: They only gave up 16 points to Minnesota but couldn’t stop the Vikings when it counted. End Brandon Graham picked up his first sack of the season. End Derrick Barnett is hampered by a shoulder injury. Cornerback Jalen Mills got beat deep again and got into a sideline argument with tackle Fletcher Cox. Rookie Avonte Maddox will get more playing time at safety.

Giants: They’ve allowed 33 points in back-to-back games. Cornerback Eli Apple played well against the Panthers after missing two games with a groin injury. Safety Landon Collins is among the best in the NFL. They don’t rush the passer very well. They have only six sacks in five games. Ex-Eagle Connor Barwin is a backup linebacker for the Giants.


Assessing the coaches

Eagles: Doug Pederson is feeling some pressure now.

Giants: Pat Shurmur refuses to let distractions affect him.



Eagles: The Ajayi injury is going to hurt the offense.

Giants: They need to ignore Beckham’s rants and just play.


Other views

Steve Serby, New York Post

“Odell Beckham Jr. rocked the boat and now it is time for the 1-4 Giants to prove they are not the football Titanic headed for the iceberg.”

Key matchup

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) vs. Giants cornerback Eli Apple (21): Jeffery could be the difference-maker for the Eagles because of his big-play ability. Apple is considered among the top cornerbacks in the league when healthy and focused.

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Contact: 609-272-7201 DWeinberg@pressofac.com Twitter @PressACWeinberg


Member of The Press sports staff since 1986, starting my 25th season as The Press Eagles' beat writer. Also cover boxing, MMA, golf, high school sports and everything else.

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