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In preparation for the huge Sunday night match-up with the Giants, I asked Giants Gab columnist Jeremy Fuchs a number of questions about the upcoming game. Jeremy weighs in on the play of Michael Vick, the Giants meltdown against the Cowboys, where each team will have an advantage on Sunday, and ends by giving us a final prediction on the outcome of the game.

EaglesGab: If you didn’t see Michael Vick’s performance live on Monday night, I’m sure you’ve seen the highlights by now. Tell me what you think of Vick’s performance that game and overall this season.

GiantsGab: Obviously, it was a tremendous performance, and he clearly outplayed McNabb. He looked like the best QB in football. This season, even though he’s had injuries, he’s been tremendous. Running, we all know he can do. But his maturity and growth as a passer have stood out to me.

EG: The Giants lost an embarrassing game on Sunday to the Cowboys. What were the major factors that attributed to the loss?

GG: Lack of pass rush and too many penalties. Giants couldn’t get to Kitna, and when you’re throwing to guys like Dez Bryant, if you have a little time, you should be fine. They also took a ton of penalties, one that cost them a touchdown that would have brought them within 6 late in the game. They need to tighten up their game if they want to win Sunday.

EG: What is the impact on the offense without wide receiver Steve Smith?

GG: It’s a big loss. He’s Eli’s 3rd down guy. His safety valve. Now, without him, guys like Mario Manningham need to step up and fill that role. Manningham has all the talent, but is a bit inconsistent. With an injury now to Ramses Barden, they had to re-sign Derek Hagan. Hagan has talent, but it is enough to be the 3rd receiver? That’s the big question.

EG: If you were drawing up the defensive game plan for the Giants, what would you try to do in order to contain Vick?

GG: I think the key is to really pressure him. Not just with the front four. Blitz corners. Blitz safeties. Make him as uncomfortable as possible. We know he can scramble, but if you limit the time and space he has to do it, you’ll be better off.

EG: In your eyes, which team enters the game from a better standpoint? The Eagles coming off a blowout win or the Giants coming off a disappointing loss?

GG: Eagles. They looked damn good Monday Night, and if Vick continues that type of play, they’re going to be hard to stop. Giants have to take a step back and really evaluate if they want to win badly enough.

EG: On Sunday, where will the Giants have an advantage on offense? On defense?

GG: On offense, running game. The two headed monster of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw has been hard for teams to handle. On defense, I think it’s the front four. When they’re on, they’re the best front four in football.

EG: Where will the Eagles have an advantage on offense? On defense?

GG: On offense, I think it’s the passing game. Combine Vick with Jackson, Maclin and all those guys and it’s tough to stop. On defense, I think the corners, just because they’ll have less offensive talent to deal with.

EG: What player could be a potential x-factor for the Giants on Sunday?

GG: Kevin Boss. He’s banged up, but he’s a tough guy who will play through pain. He has to be used as another option for Manning in the passing game, and I think he will be.

EG: Give me a score prediction.

GG: This is one of those games that worries me as a Giants fan. Hot Eagles team. Cold Giants team. I like the Eagles in this one, 21-17. I just think, the way Vick is playing, it’s going to be hard to stop them.

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