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The Eagles are heading to New York to take on the Giants this Sunday. This is a big game for the Eagles; if they win, they clinch their division and get into the playoffs. They pulled off a clutch victory over the Cowboys last week to keep their playoff hopes alive, and their defense looked great in holding one of the most productive offenses to just 9 points. The Giants took their fourth win of the season last week against the Redskins but I’m not sure they’ll be able to take the Eagles team coming hot off of one of their biggest wins of the season. The Eagles have a lot of momentum coming into this game and have won four in a row, and I think that momentum is going to carry them to a win. Click here for more details on the Eagles @ Giants matchup this Sunday.
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Time: 1:25 PM PST
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Eagles: Brandon Brooks (Q), Fletcher Cox (Q), Derek Barnett (Q), Nelson Agholor (Q), Jalen Mills (Q), Jordan Howard (Q), J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Q), Zach Ertz (Q), Lane Johnson (Q), Charles D. Johnson (Q),
Giants: Deandre Baker (Q), Scott Simonson (Q), Nick Gates (Q), Sam Beal (Q), Corey Ballentine (Q), Darius Slayton (Q), Lorenzo Carter (Q), Mike Remmers (Q), Rhett Ellison (Q), Alec Ogletree (Q)
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The story of the Eagles’ season has been injuries. They’ve had a lot of injuries to receivers that left their offense struggling to find weapons. Unfortunately, they took another hit against the Cowboys when Zach Ertz took a hit, a particularly hard one, to the ribs. Goedert stepped up in his place, however, and had a huge game. He had 9 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown and is a huge reason for his team’s big win. Eagles fans can rest easy in knowing that despite Ertz’s absence, they still have a productive player at tight end. Another fantastic weapon for them is their running back Miles Sanders. Sanders carried the ball 20 times for 79 yards and a touchdown, plus 5 receptions for 77 yards. The Giants allow the 14th most rushing yards per game with 112.7, so Sanders could be in for another big game, especially considering they’re short on weapons on offense. Wentz also had a great game. He competed 31 of his 40 attempts for 319 yards and a touchdown. The Giants allow the 7th most passing yards per game so it looks like Wentz could be in for another great game against the Giants.
The Eagles defense also had a fantastic game. The Cowboys are one of the most productive offenses in the league, and the Eagles held them below their passing and rushing averages. Plus, they allowed them to score only 9 points. The Giants offense hasn’t been nearly as productive as the Cowboys offense, so if the Eagles are going to maintain their defensive momentum I don’t think they’ll have a problem with the Giants offense. I think this is especially the case when you consider the Giants’ best weapon is Saquon Barkley, and the Eagles rushing defense allows only 88.0 yards per game, the 3rd fewest in the league this season. Overall, I think the Eagles are going to take the win in this game especially considering a loss could mean they don’t get into the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
New York Giants Analysis
The Giants are coming off of their fourth win of the season in an overtime defeat over the Redskins. The Giants offense had a huge game. They put up 41 points (including those they scored in overtime). Saquon Barkley had 22 carries for 189 yards, an incredible 8.6 yards per carry, and a touchdown. He also had 4 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. Saquon hasn’t had quite as big of a season this year due to his injury but this game proved that he is still the weapon he always has been. The Eagles allow the 3rd fewest rushing yards per game on average, so the question is whether Barkley and the Giants offensive line will be able to put up numbers that high against the Eagles rushing defense. Daniel Jones also had a huge day. He completed 28 of his 42 attempts for 352 yards and five touchdowns. The Eagles allow 239.3 passing yards per game, the 14th most in the league, so I think the passing game will be the Giants’ best bet for productivity in this matchup, and probably the best way to utilize Barkley.
The Giants defense is going to be their weak point this game considering how strong their offense looked in their last matchup. They allow an average 263.1 yards through the air (7th most) and 112.7 yards on the ground (14th most). The Eagles, despite many injuries, are still a productive offense with a lot of weapons, so the Giants are going to need to be careful. The Giants allowed the Redskins, the 2nd lowest scoring team in the league, to put up 35 points, their most of the season. They were able to hold the Eagles to just 23 points the last time they met in week 14, but I think the Eagles have found more of a groove with their offense.
New York Giants Depth Chart
Goedert is going to be a good waiver wire pickup for this game. He’s currently owned in 47.4% of fantasy leagues so there’s a solid chance he’s available in yours as well. He posted a 9-91-1 line in their game last week against the Cowboys for a 24.1-point performance in PPR leagues. He saw a lot more usage as Ertz left with a rib injury, and considering Ertz is still questionable with said rib injury I think Goedert will see a lot of usage this game. The Giants are a bottom-10 pass defense so if he is given the same amount of chances, I think he can capitalize on it in much the same way. Other than that I think Miles Sanders would be a good start, but I don’t know about Saquon. I think it would be silly not to start a weapon like Saquon, but he had a 9.7 point game when these two teams met in week 14. He’s a definite maybe for this game, especially if you have some backs with better matchups this weekend.