Jason Pierre-Paul will have at least one sack for the fifth straight game.**
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -The Eagles and Mark Sanchez have been susceptible to pressure this year, and I would expect Perry Fewell to once again bring the heat this week. Jason Pierre-Paul will have his hands full with Eagles left tackle Jason Peters, but I'll give him one sack of the coverage variety.
DAN SALOMONE: Fact -Sacks often come in bunches, and right now JPP is on a roll. He has seven in the last four games, while the defense as a whole has 24 in that span. Meanwhile, quarterback Mark Sanchez has been taken down 10 times in the Eagles' current three-game losing streak.
The Giants will rush for more than 100 yards against Philadelphia.
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -The Eagles have been very conscious of stopping the run this year, often going with a lot of single high safety and playing man defense outside with their cornerbacks. I think the Giants will struggle running it, but instead will make some big plays down the field.
DAN SALOMONE: Fact - **The Eagles' run defense has fallen to the middle of the pack in the NFL after allowing an average of 134.3 yards in the last three weeks. Of course, that stretch did include the No. 1 and No. 2 rushing offenses in Seattle and Dallas, respectively, but I think the Giants are clicking on offense right now. Coach Tom Coughlin said his favorite stat last week was the Giants' 34 runs to 32 passes. I say they keep that up at home in the finale.
The Giants will hold LeSean McCoy to fewer than 100 rushing yards.
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - **I've watched LeSean McCoy play a few times this year, and he doesn't look like the same player to me. He will still make the occasional big play, but I think he has become a little obsessed with those big gainers. Too often he will dance and cut back rather than putting his head down and getting two yards and going back to the huddle. If the Giants can keep his long run to under 40 yards, he won't get 100 because of so many negative carries.
DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -On the flip side to the previous response, the Giants have just not been able to stop the run on a consistent basis. They're 30th in the NFL, allowing 133.2 yards per game on the ground and a league-worst 4.9 yards per attempt. And the last time they played the Eagles, the Giants allowed 203 rushing yards, 149 of which came from McCoy.
The Super Bowl champion will come from the NFC this season.
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -I think the top six in the NFC is far stronger than the top six in the AFC, but I have trouble figuring out how anyone is going to beat the Patriots. New England is so balanced this year on both sides of the ball and they will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the NFC, I could see Seattle, Dallas or Green Bay make it, but right now I have the Seahawks and Cowboys in the NFC Championship game. I don't see any of those three teams beating the Patriots.
DAN SALOMONE: Fact -The Patriots make me hesitate in saying "fact" at first, but I'm just looking at which teams are hot heading into the postseason. And most of them are in the NFC. Of the playoff teams, Dallas has won its last three, Detroit has won four in a row, and the defending champion Seattle Seahawks are winners of their last five. Meanwhile in the AFC, Indianapolis and Denver are coming off bad losses. Also, the NFC has won five of the last seven Super Bowls.