Giants-Eagles tale of the tape
The Giants will look to sweep the season series against the division rival Eagles when they travel down the turnpike to Philadelphia in Week 16. Big Blue picked up the victory at MetLife Stadium in Week 12, 13-7, after the defense forced four turnovers.
This will be the second consecutive NFC East matchup for the Giants, who face off against division foes in three of their final four games of the season. Big Blue welcomed the Cowboys to MetLife Stadium last week, but could not overcome four turnovers and fell 21-6. The Giants will then conclude the season at home against the Washington Football Team.
The Eagles have a quick turnaround in Week 16 after some positive COVID cases in the Washington locker room forced their game to be pushed to Tuesday night. Fresh off their bye, Philadelphia gained over 500 yards of offense while limiting Washington to just 237 on the way to a 27-17 victory.
Here are stats and notes on players from both teams ahead of Sunday's game.
*QB Mike Glennon has 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) in 3 road games this season. QB Jake Fromm passed for 82 yards in NFL debut last week. Might make 1st career start in Week 16.
*QB Jalen Hurts completed 20 of 26 atts. (76.9 pct.) for 296 yards & TD vs. INT for 110.4 rating & had 38 rush yards & 2 rush TDs last week. Is 3rd QB all-time (Kyler Murray & Cam Newton) with 700+ rush yards (733) & 10+ rush TDs (10 - franchise-record for QB) in single season. Is 1 of 3 (James Conner & Jonathan Taylor) with 4+ games (4) with 2+ rush TDs this season.
*RB Saquon Barkley had 74 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 24 rec.) last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 209 scrimmage yards (104.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games at Phi. RB Devontae Booker rushed for 74 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road.
*RB Miles Sanders had season-high 146 scrimmage yards (career-high 131 rush, 15 rec.) last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 140+ scrimmage yards. Needs 136 scrimmage yards for 3rd-straight 1,000-yard season. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NYG with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB Jordan Howard aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rush yards.
*WR Kenny Golladay led team with 53 rec. yards last week. Had 50 rec. yards in Week 12 meeting. TE Evan Engram had 4 catches last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at Phi. with 5+ receptions.
*TE Dallas Goedert led team with 7 receptions for career- high 135 yards last week. Is 1 of 3 NFC TEs (George Kittle & Kyle Pitts) with 100+ rec. yards in consecutive games in 2021. Has career-high 731 rec. yards this season & needs 2 catches for 2nd-career season with 50+ receptions. WR DeVonta Smith ranks 4th among rookies in rec. yards (741).
*LB Tae Crowder led team with 12 tackles & had TFL last week. Had INT in Week 12 meeting. Has career-high 108 tackles in 2021. LB Lorenzo Carter had 1st-career game with 2 sacks & 2nd-career FF last week. LB Azeez Ojulari ranks 3rd among rookies with 8 sacks. S Xavier McKinney ranks tied-1st among safeties with 5 INTs in 2021. Had INT in last meeting. Has 6+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 on road. CB James Bradberry had 2 PD last week. Is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Phi. with PD. DB Julian Love had season-high 10 tackles last week. Had FR in last meeting. Has career-high 7 PD in 2021.
*DT Fletcher Cox had season-high 1.5 sacks & 14th-career FF last week. Has 3 TFL in his past 3 vs. NYG. DT Javon Hargrave had sack in Week 12 meeting. Has career-high 8 sacks in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. CB Darius Slay had 2 PD last week & aims for his 5th in row with PD. Since 2013, leads NFL with 119 PD.
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DJ frustrated to miss time, looks to help teammates
Daniel Jones can meet almost every physical job requirement of an NFL quarterback.
"I have no problem throwing or running or lifting or anything like that," Jones said today.
He does, however, have one critical limitation.
"No contact," he said.
And that is an impenetrable barrier to returning to the field for an NFL game. Which is why the Giants placed Jones on injured reserve Monday, officially ending his season. He sprained his neck on Nov. 28 against Philadelphia. Jones was inactive the last three weeks as the Giants held out hope he would improve enough to return to the field. But given the nature of the injury, the team decided the prudent course of action was to shut down the third-year pro for the final three games.
Jones was unhappy with the decision but understood it.
"I think it's always tough to miss games and miss time," he said. "These last few weeks have been tough. Obviously, you want to be out there. You want to be playing. I was doing everything I could to give myself a chance to get back out there. Obviously, frustrating, but trying to find ways to help and help the quarterbacks, help our offense and contribute."
Jake Fromm 'thankful' for opportunity; no QB decision yet
On Dec. 1, Jake Fromm officially joined the Giants, who signed him off the Buffalo Bills' practice squad. He has since spent most of his time at the Giants' facility in meetings and practicing, or in his hotel room, studying the team's offensive playbook. On Sunday, he threw 12 passes in his NFL debut on the Giants' final drive against the Dallas Cowboys.
"It's been crazy," Fromm said yesterday. "It sure has. There's no other way to really put it. I'm super thankful to be here, I'm just ready to go, so excited. I'm ready for Christmas this week, this is awesome. Yeah, it's just a great time of year and so thankful I'm here in New York."
The last Sunday of the month could bring even more craziness. Fromm could make his first professional start when the Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field, home to one of the league's most rabid and vocal fan bases.
"I heard a lot about the environment and for me, it's just preparation and making sure everybody's on the same page," Fromm said. "Really, it's just going out and executing whatever the plan is and just trying to tune it out the best you can and go play football."
Coach Joe Judge has not said whether veteran Mike Glennon or Fromm will open the game in Philly.
"We're going to watch the guys practice throughout the week, and we'll see where they are at the end of the week," Judge said. "I wouldn't expect any announcement until maybe the end of the week at the earliest."
Glennon started the last three games in place of Daniel Jones, whose sprained neck forced him to go on injured reserve Monday. The Giants scored just three touchdowns in those games and two of them were in the fourth quarter in Los Angeles. They were held to two field goals in their 20-6 loss to Dallas three days ago.
Asked if he will play Sunday, Glennon said, "I'm not sure." Is he in a quarterback competition this week? "I'm just going to go out and prepare to be ready to go," he said. "We're going to support each other and be there for one another."
Giants Insider: Lorenzo Carter on growth of Tae Crowder, Azeez Ojulari
Linebacker Lorenzo Carter is fresh off his best game of the season. In last week's matchup against Dallas, Carter picked up his first two sacks of the season, along with his first forced fumble.
Carter sat down with Giants.com's Paul Dottino to talk about his breakout performance, along with the growth of several fellow former Georgia Bulldogs who now play for the Giants, including linebackers Tae Crowder and Azeez Ojulari, along with offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and quarterback Jake Fromm.
Check out the video below to view Carter's conversation with Dottino on the latest edition of Giants Insider.