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2019 Giants Preview: Giants-Eagles, Week 17

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The New York Giants (4-11) will look to close out the season on a three-game winning streak when they welcome the Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) to MetLife Stadium this Sunday. This will be the second matchup of the season between the NFC East rivals, who went against each other earlier this month. Philadelphia took home the victory in Week 14, defeating the Giants in overtime, 23-17, at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles could not have more on the line heading into the regular season finale. Following their win over the Dallas Cowboys (7-8) this past Sunday, Philadelphia has an opportunity to clinch the NFC East crown with a win over the Giants. However, if the Giants emerge victorious while Dallas defeats Washington, the Cowboys will head to the playoffs as the division's representative.

Let's dive right in to this big Week 17 matchup against Philadelphia.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

  • Sunday, December 29 at 4:25 p.m. ET
  • East Rutherford; MetLife Stadium
  • TV: Fox – Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (color), Shannon Spake (sideline)
  • Radio: WFAN 660 AM / 101.9 FM – Bob Papa (play-by-play), Carl Banks (color), Howard Cross (sideline)
  • Watch the Giants on Yahoo! Sports (mobile browser or app) or the Giants app, free on your phone or tablet. *Geographic device restrictions apply. Local and primetime games only. Data charges may apply. Click here for more ways to watch, listen and live stream.

ALL-TIME SERIES

  • The Eagles lead the all-time series between the two franchises, 85-84-2, while the postseason record is split at 2-2.
  • Last game- Week 14. Eagles won, 23-17.

COACHING STAFF

Giants:

  • HC Pat Shurmur
  • OC Mike Shula
  • DC James Bettcher
  • STC Thomas McGaughey

Eagles:

  • HC Doug Pederson
  • OC Mike Groh
  • DC Jim Schwartz
  • STC Dave Fipp

LAST WEEK

Giants:

  • Win vs. Washington Redskins (3-12), 41-35

Eagles:

  • Win vs. Dallas Cowboys (7-8), 17-9

INJURY UPDATE:

Giants:

  • OUT: TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), T Mike Remmers (concussion), TE Scott Simonson (concussion)
  • QUESTIONABLE: CB Corey Ballentine (back), LB Alec Ogletree (back), CB Sam Beal (shoulder)

Eagles:

  • OUT: WR Nelson Agholor (knee), TE Zach Ertz (ribs, back)
  • QUESTIONABLE: T Lane Johnson (ankle), CB Jalen Mills (ankle)

View rare photos of the all-time series between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles

STORYLINES/THINGS TO WATCH:

  • Giants have chance to play spoiler. While a win Sunday would give the Giants a three-game winning streak to end the season, the Eagles undoubtedly have a lot more on the line. A win for Philly would allow the Eagles to take home the NFC East title and head to the playoffs as the NFC's four seed. However, a loss combined with a Cowboys win over Washington would send Dallas to the playoffs instead. The Giants have an opportunity to spoil the Eagles' postseason hopes if they can emerge with a victory Sunday.
  • Saquon needs 89 yards to hit 1,000. Following his breakout performance last week, Saquon Barkley needs just 89 yards on the ground to reach 1,000 yards on the season. This would be an impressive accomplishment for the talented second-year back, as a high ankle sprain forced him to miss 3.5 games earlier in the season. If Barkley is able to accomplish this feat, he would become the first player in Giants history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
  • DJ looking to end historic season strong. Daniel Jones has put together a historic rookie campaign. In just 11 starts, Jones has set new franchise marks for most touchdown passes, yards, pass attempts and completions by a first-year quarterback. The number six overall pick became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 350+ yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in a game last week, while also joining Fran Tarkenton and Deshaun Watson as the only players in league history with three games of four or more touchdown passes during their rookie seasons. Jones will look to finish the season out strong against the Eagles this Sunday, where he needs four touchdown passes to match Baker Mayfield's record for most TD passes by a rookie QB.
  • Golden hits double-digit sacks. Markus Golden notched his tenth sack of the season last week. Golden became the first Giant with double-digit sacks since 2014, and the first Giants linebacker to reach that mark since Lawrence Taylor had 10.5 in 1990. Golden has had a very strong season, constantly serving as a force in the pass rush, and appears to be back to his pre-torn ACL self.
  • Eli's possible last game as a Giant? No one knows what the future holds for Eli Manning. Whether or not Sunday is the 16-year veteran's final game as a Giant or in the NFL, Manning will go down in history as one of the great players to ever put on the blue and white. The franchise's beloved quarterback is sure to receive another rousing ovation from the home crowd at MetLife Stadium during the season finale.

WHAT THE EAGLES ARE SAYING

INTRIGUING MATCHUPS

  • Giants RB Saquon Barkley vs. Eagles Run Defense. Barkley exploded for a career-high 189 rushing yards and 279 total yards from scrimmage against Washington last week. Following his huge performance, the talented second-year back needs just 89 yards on the ground to reach 1,000 on the season, despite missing three and a half games with a high ankle sprain. Barkley would become the first player in franchise history to begin his career with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons, but it won't come easy going up against Philadelphia's stingy run defense. The Eagles enter this matchup as the league's third-best run defense, allowing just 88.0 rushing yards per game. Philadelphia shut down Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott last week, as the Dallas RB gained 47 yards on 13 carries (3.6 yards per carry). Barkley has put together two consecutive 100-yard rushing performances while accumulating 422 total scrimmage yards and four touchdowns across those two outings. If Barkley can get on a roll, it will be tough for Philadelphia to slow down the Giants offense. 
  • Giants Run Defense vs. Eagles RB Miles Sanders. On the flip side, the Giants defense will have their hands full Sunday trying to slow down Sanders. The rookie running back who took over for Barkley at Penn State last season has been on fire over the last two weeks. Going up against Dallas and Washington, Sanders took 39 carries for 201 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns, while adding 11 receptions for 127 yards and another score. The rookie finished with over 150 yards from scrimmage in each of those contests, but the Giants will look slow him down Sunday like they did in Week 14. Sanders ran the ball 15 times for 45 yards (3.0 YPC) while catching four passes for 24 yards in their first meeting. The Giants have held five of their last six opponents to under 4.0 YPC, including four games in which the opponent averaged 3.1 YPC or less. If the Giants can limit Sanders, as well as Boston Scott, on Sunday, it will go a long way in helping them secure the victory.
  • Giants S Julian Love vs. Eagles TE Dallas Goedert. Ertz suffered a fractured rib during Sunday's win over the Cowboys. The talented tight end was able to return and finish the game, but was ruled out for Week 17 on Friday. Even with Ertz out and Goedert serving as the Eagles' number one tight end Sunday, Love is going to have to bring his A-game. Ertz has been Carson Wentz's number one option in the passing game all season, and with him banged up Sunday, Goedert stepped into that role. The second-year tight end finished the game with nine receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown, all of which led the team. His 12 targets were more than double the amount of any other pass-catcher, showing just how much Wentz leans on his tight ends. In the first meeting between the NFC East rivals, the two tight ends combined for 12 receptions, 132 yards and two touchdowns, including Ertz' game-winning TD in overtime. Love has played well since stepping into the starting lineup for the injured Jabrill Peppers, but Sunday's matchup against Goedert will be one of his toughest matchups yet.

PROJECTED WEATHER

REFEREE ASSIGNMENT

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

Giants:

  • Passing – QB Daniel Jones (2,726 yards)
  • Rushing – RB Saquon Barkley (911 yards)
  • Receiving – WR Darius Slayton (690 yards)
  • Touchdowns – RB Saquon Barkley (9)
  • Tackles – S Antoine Bethea (104)
  • Sacks – OLB Markus Golden (10)
  • Passes Defended – CB DeAndre Baker (8)

Eagles:

  • Passing – QB Carson Wentz (3,750 yards)
  • Rushing – RB Miles Sanders (766 yards)
  • Receiving – TE Zach Ertz (916 yards)
  • Touchdowns – RB Jordan Howard (7)
  • Tackles – S Malcolm Jenkins (72)
  • Sacks – DE Brandon Graham (7.5)
  • Passes Defended – CB Ronald Darby (11)

COMPARING 2019 STATS

Giants:

  • Total offense – 23rd (334.6 YPG)
  • Scoring – 19th (21.6 PPG)
  • Passing offense – 19th (230.4 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed – Tied-16th (39)
  • Running offense – 20th (104.2 YPG)
  • Third down offense – 18th (37.8 %)
  • Red zone offense – 11th (60.0%)
  • Total defense – 24th (375.8 YPG)
  • Scoring defense – 29th (27.8 PPG)
  • Passing defense – 26th (263.1 YPG)
  • Sacks – 21st (35)
  • Running defense – 19th (112.7 YPG)
  • Third down defense – 21st (40.8%)
  • Red zone defense – 12th (56.0%)
  • Time of possession – 29th (28:20)
  • Turnover differential – 30th (-15)

Eagles:

  • Total offense – 13th (358.1 YPG)
  • Scoring – 15th (23.4 PPG)
  • Passing offense – 12th (236.9 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed – 15th (36)
  • Running offense – 12th (121.2 YPG)
  • Third down offense – 2nd (46.7%)
  • Red zone offense – 5th (66.0%)
  • Total defense –9th (327.3 YPG)
  • Scoring defense – 16th (22.5 PPG)
  • Passing defense – 17th (239.3 YPG)
  • Sacks – 14th (39)
  • Running defense – 3rd (88.0 YPG)
  • Third down defense – 4th (34.4%)
  • Red zone defense – 19th (58.5%)
  • Time of possession – 2nd (32:53)
  • Turnover differential – tied-21st (-5)

QUOTES

  • "I think their front. They've got a good front. A couple guys, really the whole front, they are experienced guys, guys who can make plays. Then, guys in the backend, too, who are physical and make a lot of plays. So, they are a good defense. But I thought in the first game, we played well, we did a lot of good things. We'll hopefully be able to do a lot of those things again and improve on them." – QB Daniel Jones on what about the Eagles defense impresses him
  • "The last two times we played them, we were up on them and then they came, but those last two games mean nothing to this game right here. There's going to be different ways the games play out, we've just got to be ready to execute when we can. If we do find a way to get up on them early like we have in the recent past, find a way to finish it, and if we don't, find a way to fight and come back and get the win." – RB Saquon Barkley on getting the chance to face Philadelphia again after the overtime loss in Week 14
  • "I think just the burst. The power that he's able to play with. When he rushes and Markus might be the first one to tell you, he's a blood rusher. To be able to have his power back from the lower half of his body and just to be able to have the burst when he might separate from a block and the first two steps off the block, that burst is important for guys like Markus. You can see that back and with that, I think, comes confidence. Confidence comes because you feel good and you're able to do some of things you know you've been able to do in your career. Once he got his confidence going, he's been pretty dynamic." –Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher on why he believes Markus Golden has returned to his dominant, pre-injury self
  • "It's just numbers. At the end of the day, we're still, hopefully we'll be 5-11, not a playoff team. So, when my production or the numbers I put up translates to us being a playoff team or in contention to be in the playoffs, then those numbers will matter." – Barkley on reaching 1,000 yards rushing
  • "I feel really lucky. I feel really lucky to be here for a lot of reasons, with our ownership, with Coach Shurmur, with Dave (Gettleman), but especially coaching a guy like Eli. I've coached a lot of really good players. I've been really fortunate to be around, and he is really special for a lot of the reasons that won't ever go down on a stat sheet, in my opinion. The kind of guy he is, the way he handles things, watching him how he is with you all, with his teammates, with coaches, handling the situation earlier this year. It's just unbelievable. I'll never forget it. I've learned a lot from him in all areas of my life." – Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula on getting the chance to work with Eli Manning.

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