Giants News | New York Giants –

Giants vs. Eagles Key Matchups


RDE Jason Pierre-Paul vs. LT Jason Peters

Peters, who has made four consecutive Pro Bowls, is the only starter to return to the same position on the Eagles offensive line. Sunday will be the third game the revamped line has played together while Peters tries to fend off a rising force in Pierre-Paul. As a sub in the last game against the Eagles, Pierre-Paul had two tackles, two QB hits, broke up two passes and was in on a sack with Justin Tuck. In two games as a starter this season, Pierre-Paul has eight tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

DE Justin Tuck vs. QB Michael Vick

Keeping Vick in check for three quarters during the 2010 loss at home, Tuck was tied with Terrell Thomas and Michael Boley with a team-high seven tackles to go along with 1.5 sacks. The captain of the defense will again lead the effort to slow down Vick, who was forced to leave in the second half of a loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week with a concussion. Vick was cleared to return to practice on Thursday and will start today.

MLB Greg Jones vs. RB LeSean McCoy

The rookie Jones will not only be getting his first taste of the Giants-Eagles rivalry on the road, but he will also be another layer trying to limit the big-play capabilities of McCoy. In two games, McCoy has 217 yards on the ground with three touchdowns to go along with six catches and a touchdown reception. The Giants were able to limit McCoy in their last meeting, holding him to 64 yards rushing and zero touchdowns on 10 attempts. The Giants have given up a third-best 66.5 yards per game so far this season.

Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn vs. DeSean Jackson

No Giants fan needs to be reminded how the last meeting ended, but you can bet all eyes will be on the punt team today. Quinn has a new punter in Steve Weatherford this season, and along with the rest of the coverage team, they will have to contain one of the most dangerous returners in the business. So far this season, Jackson only has three punt returns and two were fair catches.

"You would like to (kick it out of bounds), but if you could punt it out of bounds 40 yards all the time, I think we would be all doing that and have a 40-yard net and feel good about it at the end of the day. He's explosive, both him and (Jeremy) Maclin. You have to be right in coverage and you have to be aggressive in coverage. You have to make sure that everyone's doing their job - from the snapper, to the punter, to all of the coverage."

Follow @Giants
On Facebook

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.