In a local team matchup, the New York Giants (1-6) are playing at Philadelphia (3-4) at 1:00 p.m. If the Giants play the way they did in their victory over Minnesota last week, they wont be beating many teams in the NFL including, as bad as their defense and home record is, the Philadelphia Eagles! They need to come out of their coma and back to reality. It’s amazing how close the two teams are and when they play at the other teams stadium it can barely be called an away game. Maybe as a result of the proximity the fans really don’t like each other but they do respect the other team. The Eagles are trying to snap a 9 game home losing streak. Maybe they will be lucky as the last home game they won was against the Giants in 2011. They are also trying to keep up with the Cowboys who are 1 game ahead of them in the NFC East Division.
As far as the Eagles’ quarterbacks go, Michael Vick is going to give it a shot. Nick Foles, who was the hero at Tampa Bay but couldn’t get anything going last week, is out with a concussion. The NFL rules are that if you get a concussion you have to sit out at least one game unless the medical personnel give you an ok. Eagles fans will be on bated breath with their fingers crossed because if anything happens to Michael Vick like an aggravation of his hamstring injury, their only fallback is the unproven rookie from USC, Matt Barkley.
The Giants are coming off an ugly win last week and still haven’t played well this season. They were just lucky enough to play a team that is worse than they are. A lot of the Giants problems and miscues are still there : Bad turnovers, mental errors, penalties, dropped passes and basically the whole kit and caboodle. The offensive line is in shambles and their center David Boss is out for the year. Many people feel that General Manager Jerry Reese didn’t do enough in the off season with the college draft and free agency to improve the team because he was too confident and that he overestimated his team and ignored their lack of depth. I don’t see the Giants improving much this season.
The New York Jets (4-3) are away playing the Cincinatti Bengals (5-2) this week. They have not been able to put 2 wins together this season so that would be an accomplishment. This is a huge test for the Jets as the Bengals are no slouches sitting pretty at the top of their division. Geno Smith needs to continue to grow as a quarterback and eventually play a mistake free ball game. A little light needs to go on in his head so that he needs to eliminate or reduce turnovers! Their chances of making the playoffs are shaky but within reach. This is a very important game both for their record and as an indicator of their progress as a team!
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