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Thursday night marks the 171st meeting between the two franchises, with the Eagles holding a slight all-time series lead, 85-83-2. Philadelphia has won the past seven matchups, including a 34-17 win in Week 17 last season to clinch the NFC East division title.


Last week, the Giants (1-5) defeated Washington, 20-19, for their first victory of the Joe Judge era. Rookie linebacker Tae Crowder recovered a fumble (forced on a strip-sack by Kyler Fackrell) and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Giants defense stopped a two-point conversion attempt with 36 seconds remaining to seal the win.

In Week 6, the Eagles (1-4-1) fought back from a 17-0 deficit to the Baltimore Ravens to make it close at the end, but they ultimately lost, 30-28, at home. Quarterback Carson Wentz totaled three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). He has a rushing touchdown in four of his past five games. In four career home starts against the Giants, Wentz has five touchdown passes and one interception for a 93.8 rating.


New York Giants

  • Out: WR C.J. Board (concussion), DB Adrian Colbert (shoulder), LB Tae Crowder (hamstring, placed on IR)
  • Questionable: DB Darnay Holmes (neck)

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard returned to practice this week. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 23 after suffering a turf toe in Chicago. The Giants have 21 days to add Shepard to their active roster. It is unknown if Shepard will play Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Out: OT Jack Driscoll (ankle), TE Zach Ertz (ankle), DT Malik Jackson (quad), RB Miles Sanders (knee), WR Alshon Jeffery (foot), S K'Von Wallace (shoulder)


Coach Joe Judge, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, will see some familiar faces on Thursday night as the Eagles have received permission to allow a small number of fans into Lincoln Financial Field. As you could imagine, there are plenty of ticket requests.

"I have to see, it's not fully decided," Judge said about how many. "I talked to our in-house people about tickets. I have a large number of cousins who have requested as early back as in the summer when the schedule was out. My wife and kids, I'll see if they can make it. The kids have school on Friday, so we'll kind of see how they're going to manage that. They've gone to school plenty of times tired making games, it's something they don't like to miss. The opportunity that it's such a close game and the opportunity that it's the first game they are going to be available to go with fans. They definitely don't want to miss it."

He just has one rule for anyone using his tickets.

"My only rule is anybody who shows up that I either grew up with or have blood ties with, they have to wear blue," he said. "I respect their love for the Eagles from being in the town, but hey, look man, you ain't showing up cheering against my kids' Christmas. You better come out in some blue cheering for us."

View rare photos of the historic rivalry between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.


Daniel Jones hit 20.64 miles per hour on his 49-yard run last week, according to Next Gen Stats. He now has three of top seven speeds for quarterbacks this season; Baltimore's Lamar Jackson has other four.

It was also the longest run by a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era. The previous long was a 47-yarder by Hostetler at Phoenix on Nov. 10, 1991. The 49-yarder was the second-longest run by a quarterback this season (after a 50-yard touchdown by Baltimore's Lamar Jackson two weeks ago, also against Washington). Jones' previous career high was 49 rushing yards vs. San Francisco on Sept. 27. Jones led the Giants with seven carries for 74 yards, the highest rushing total by a Giants quarterback since Jeff Hostetler ran for 82 yards at New England on Dec. 30, 1990.


All three of Daniel Jones' 2020 touchdown passes have been to Darius Slayton, who had five catches for a career-high 154 yards and two touchdowns in his only career game at Philadelphia (Week 14, 2019). Last week, Jones hit Darius Slayton on a Go Route for a 23-yard TD. It was Slayton's fifth score on that route of his career, tied for third-most in the NFL since 2019.

Most Go Route TDs (since 2019)

  • 6: DeVante Parker, Mark Andrews
  • 5: Darius Slayton, Darren Fells, Mike Evans


The Eagles are 5-0 in Thursday night games during Doug Pederson's tenure as head coach. He is 7-1 all-time against the Giants. Since 2009, the Giants are 4-6 in Thursday night games, including 2-5 on the road. They are 0-2 against the Eagles on Thursday night.


The Giants have lost their last six games at Lincoln Financial Field, where they are 6-11 in the regular season and 0-1 in postseason play.


The Giants are getting major contributions from key offseason pickups. Linebacker and defensive co-captain Blake Martinez led the Giants with 14 tackles last week and ranks second in the league with 64 tackles in his first season with New York. Last week, cornerback James Bradberry registered his second interception of the season. Bradberry has 10 passes defensed in 2020, tied for the most in the NFL.


The Steelers defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions in Week 6 and joined the 1985 New York Giants as the only teams in NFL history to record at least three sacks and an interception in each of their first five games of a season.


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