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Keys to Victory: Limiting Eagles' No. 1 rush attack


The Giants travel this week to face one of the hottest teams in the NFL. The Eagles have stayed alive in the playoff hunt by winning four of their past five games and climbing back to .500 after a 3-6 start to the season. Their only loss in that stretch was to the Giants, who held them to single digits for the only time this year.

"Obviously, you talk about this team, there's been recent experience between us and them going back a few weeks," coach Joe Judge said. "But I always think it's a mistake when you play someone for the second time assuming they're the same team or you're the same team. Both teams have had some change in recent weeks. We'll have to go ahead and look at that and approach that as a team in terms of what we have to do different or better as a team, and what they've improved at and what their strengths are as a team."

Here are three ways the Giants can sweep the season series in Philadelphia, where they have not won since 2013:

Big plays are big factors

NFL Research defines big plays as passes of 20+ yards combined with runs of 10+ yards. Not only do the Eagles have the most of them in the league on offense, but they have allowed the second-fewest on defense. The latter is the bigger issue for a Giants offense that has generated the second-fewest big plays and might start their third quarterback of the season on Sunday.

Limit the run

Led by dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Eagles are the first team to rush for at least 175 yards in seven consecutive games since the 1985 Bears (also a first in Eagles franchise history). They didn't reach that marker once before the streak as they started the season 2-5.

"Well, we didn't do a good enough job stopping the run last time," Judge said. "They ran the ball for over 200 yards on us, so you do that and you're (not) going to give yourself a chance for success. Do I expect them to throw the ball? We absolutely do, but I don't think it's going to take away from the run game, as well. You look at them even last night in that game against Washington, they ran the ball very effectively, but also took their shots down the field."

Win the turnover battle

Takeaways are the great equalizer. The Eagles ran for 208 yards against the Giants four weeks ago, but Big Blue notched four takeaways (three interceptions and a fumble) and didn't turn the ball over to win the game, 13-7.

"Defensively, it really starts up front with these guys," Judge said. "They create a lot of opportunities for their defensive backs to make plays. You talk about their front and the pressure and how well they're stopping the run right now as a team. This team is really improving overall, really hitting their stride."



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