Fresh off tying against their division rivals, the Washington Commanders, the New York Giants next opponent won’t be any easier as they’re set to take on possibly the best team in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants currently sit as one of the Wild Card teams in the NFC by just half a game so this is a game that the Giants must have if they want to get back into the playoffs for the first time in nearly six years. Can they pull off another upset against this high power Eagles offense? Here are my three keys to a Giants victory in the Meadowlands.
Slow down the Eagles offense
This is perhaps the Giants defense toughest test of the year taking on a high powered Philly offense, they have to play their best defense of the season if they want to keep their team in this game. They have to slow down Jalen Hurts too, in particular. He is perhaps in the conversation for league MVP and he can beat you with both his arms and his legs. This will be the ultimate test for the Giants defense going up against a team that has scored 40 and 35 points in their last two games. If they can slow down this Philly offense and hold players like Hurts, AJ Brown, Devonta Smith in check, they have a shot for the upset.
Offense has to be more consistent
The Giants have to play a whole lot better on offense than they did last week. They missed many opportunities against Washington where they could have scored more points and probably won the game. That can change if they play a whole lot better on offense and start out fast. Limit the turnovers, limit the penalties and give Daniel Jones more time in the pocket to make big plays against a really good Eagles defense.
Start the game out fast
The Eagles have one of the best offenses in the league and if the Giants fall behind early, it may be too late for the Giants to pull off a comeback. All of that can be avoided if they simply start the game out fast on offense if they possess the ball early in the game. If the Giants can get the ball first, scoring has to be on their mind. This Eagles offense has been lights out in the last two weeks in particular and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. It’s going to be a long day for the Giants offense if they can’t score points against this Eagles team.