1. Michael Vick has the hot hand
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Michael Vick is playing amazing football right now. His performance on Monday night against the Redskins was absolutely phenomenal, and has catapulted him into the league’s MVP race.
Vick is the total package right now. He’s not just the flashy runner he’s been known for in the pass. His deep ball has always been a big part of his game and it’s as accurate as ever.
One of the thing’s that has been the most impressive is the way he’s taking care of the football. He is progressing through all his reads and hitting the open man with precision. Vick has thrown for 11 touchdowns and is yet to throw an interception.
Is he invincible? No. However, he’s playing the best football of his life right now.
2. The Giants confidence level is down
The Giants used to be on top of the world, ripping off five straight wins. That all changed last week against the Cowboys. Dallas came into the new Meadowlands and brought the Giants back to reality.
Is it fair to judge them solely on this effort? No, but it’s not the kind of game you want to come off of before playing a team as hot as the Eagles.
The Eagles took down the Colts two weeks ago, a team that beat up the Giants in Week Two of the NFL season. After that, the Eagles dominated a mediocre Redskins team in a way that was just ruthless.
The Giants need a rebound, but this isn’t the type of match-up that bodes well for that.
3. The Giants have a lot of injuries
The Eagles have had a lot of injuries this season, but are fairly healthy heading into this game. The same can’t be said about the Giants.
Offensively, the Giants line is banged up, and the Eagles will look to take advantage of them. A lot of key guys will be missing or hurting, so the Eagles should be able to get to Eli Manning. This isn’t good news as Manning tends to make mistakes when there is a lot of pressure in his face.
One of Manning’s favorite targets, Steve Smith, will also be missing on Sunday. He is Manning’s favorite targets on third down, and they will have to ask Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to step up big time. They don’t have a receiver who can step up and fill Smith’s shoes, so there will be a lot of pressure on their top two guys.
4. The Eagles have too many offensive weapons
I’ve already talked about Vick, but he wouldn’t be as successful as he has been without the weapons around him.
DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are arguably the biggest play making duo in the league and have both had a ton of success with Vick at the helm. Jason Avant is the Eagles version of Steve Smith, a third-down reception machine. He hasn’t seen as much action as he should, but if you throw Riley Cooper into the mix, it’s a very dynamic receiving corps.
In the backfield, LeSean McCoy has been extremely explosive all season, and we even saw Jerome Harrison make some big plays last week. If he continues to play like that, it creates quite the running back duo for the Birds.
Brent Celek is having a down year statistically, but he has been doing a lot of things this season to improve his all-around game. However, he has played very tough this season, and can be an absolute bulldozer when he’s running with the ball.
5. Home field advantage
In an NFC East match-up, I usually wouldn’t factor this in. However, did you hear the crowd during the beginning of the Colts game? It was insane. The fans knew it was an important match-up, and they got into it early.
There is a lot at stake in this game, and the Eagles fans know it. It’s a prime-time game and the Linc will be rocking.
Two weeks in a row, we’ve seen the Eagles start off the game with a bang and if they do, the crowd will be going absolutely ballistic. This will make it tough for the Giants to get play calls in and communicate with one another on the field.
Eagles fans are known to be crazy, and that will hold true on Sunday.