The Giants are in an identical scenario this week against the Eagles to what they were in last week against Washington. They played the Eagles only three games ago on Oct. 22nd. Since then, Philadelphia has only played one game against the Cowboys before having their bye last week.
(if you want to read my previous long review of the Eagles before the prior game, you can find it here)
Despite these two teams having played so recently, the Eagles have changed a lot since. The moves revolve around their team getting healthier and returning a lot of the starters who missed the previous matchup.
* Most of Philadelphia's returning players come on offense, but they will also get back some players on defense. Cornerback Avonte Maddox (ankle) and linebacker TJ Edwards (hamstring) played against Dallas two weeks ago and should be full-go this week coming off a bye week. Keep an eye on cornerbacks Cre'Von LeBlanc (quadriceps) and Craig James (hamstring) this week, but both will likely play on Sunday.
* The Eagles are getting much healthier on offense. Right tackle Lane Johnson only played 74% of the snaps against the Giants with a knee injury before missing the following game against Dallas. Coming off of a bye week, he is expected to start at right tackle against the Giants. Left tackle Jason Peters returned against Dallas two weeks ago and is expected to start. On Monday, the Eagles activated the 21-day practice window for guard Isaac Seumalo, who injured his knee in Week 2. If all three of those players start Sunday it would be the first time the Eagles have four of their first-team lineman on the field since Week 2.
* The Eagles may also be returning some of their skill position players. WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) is expected to practice in full this week. He has not played this season because of foot and calf injuries. RB Miles Sanders (knee), who hasn't played since Oct. 18th against the Ravens, was having a productive season with 434 rushing yards on only 71 carries (6.1 yards per attempt), to go along with 12 catches for 91 yards. Boston Scott should also have a role in the rushing game and as a receiving threat on passing downs.
* The Eagles got back one of their weapons at tight end against the Cowboys in Week 8. Dallas Goedert played 84% of the teams snaps after fracturing his ankle against the Bengals on Sept. 27th. Goedert had only one catch for 15 yards. In the first six weeks of the season, the Eagles had been the heaviest "12" personnel (two tight ends, two wide receivers) team in the league (42% of their snaps), but in their last two games they have been in "11" personnel (one tight end, three wide receivers) 80% of the time, which is the second-highest rate in the league. Richard Rodgers would be the second player in the double-TE set.
Here are some important statistics about the Eagles ahead of Sunday's game:
When the Eagles have the ball…
330 yards per game: 27th in the NFL
4.92 yards per run play: 5th
5.51 yards per pass play: 31st
4.6 yards gained per first down: 31st
8.23 average yards to go on second down: 29th
20 completions of 20 or more yards: tied for 26th
57.4 passer rating on passes of 21+ air yards: 57.4
10.7% explosive play percentage (% of plays of 15+ yards): 30th
96 plays of 10+ yards: 29th
26 plays of 20+ yards: tied for 26th
734 yards after catch: 30th
32 sacks allowed: Most in the league
39% pressure percentage allowed: 29th
8.9% sack percentage allowed: 31st
64% red zone TD rate: 13th
43% third-down conversion: 15th
When the Giants have the ball…
28 sacks: 3rd in the NFL
8.8% sack percentage: 3rd
39.6% pressure percentage: 4th
18.2% blitz rate: 31st
109.19 pass rating allowed on blitzes: 24th
-307 yards forced on negative plays: 1st
39.6% third-down conversion rate allowed: 10th
69.2% opponent red zone TD efficiency: tied for 24th
18 completions allowed of 20+ yards: tied for 2nd
104.2 passer rating allowed on passes that travel 21+ air yards: 21st
11% explosive pass plays allowed: 5th
29 rushing plays of 10+ yards allowed: tied for 21st
5.5 yards allowed on first down: 16th
5.16 rush yards allowed on first down: 29th
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