Giants 17

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Eagles 19

(3-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, September 30, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 0 3 7 717
PHI 0 7 6 619

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 309 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. McCoy (PHI) - 23 CAR, 123 YDS

Receiving: D. Hixon (NYG) - 6 REC, 114 YDS

Giants-Eagles Preview


If the Philadelphia Eagles are going to unseat the Super Bowl champion New York Giants as NFC East champs, they are going to need improved play from Michael Vick.

Vick and the Eagles have produced a league-high 12 turnovers but can still maintain at least a share of the division lead Sunday night when they host a Giants team that features NFL passing yards leader Eli Manning.

These teams have 2-1 records along with Dallas, which hosts Chicago on Monday night.

New York, however, has scored 94 points while the other co-leaders are at the bottom of the league with 47 each.

Philadelphia's 12 turnovers are three more than any other team, and Vick has been the primary culprit with six interceptions to tie for the league's highest total along with three lost fumbles.

"I'm very concerned about the turnovers," Vick said. "Being the competitor that I am, I understand that you have to protect the football. I cut back on the interceptions last week and had two fumbles but it's something that I know I can get corrected."

Vick's woes caused coach Andy Reid to reiterate that the former Pro Bowler would remain the starter. There's still major concern about the pounding Vick is taking after he was sacked five times in last Sunday's 27-6 loss at Arizona.

"He's taken a lot of hits," Reid said. "Too many hits. So, we've got to make sure that we try to fix that."

It hasn't helped that tackle Jason Peters has been lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles and his replacement, King Dunlap, sat out last week's game due to a hamstring problem.

A patchwork offensive line and turnover-prone quarterback figure to be problems against the vaunted Giants defensive line, although New York has totaled just six sacks this season.

The Giants have lost six of their last seven meetings with the Eagles and are wary that Philadelphia will sort out its problems this week.

"It is going to be a huge challenge going down there," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "They are going to be really fired up. That's what you live for. That's why you play the game. You get excited for matchups like this."

While Vick took a beating last Sunday, New York was able to gain extra rest since last Thursday's 36-7 rout at Carolina. Manning completed 27 of 35 passes for 288 yards, bringing his NFL-leading total to 1,011.

"Right now, Eli is playing as good as any quarterback in the National Football League," Reid said. "I mean, these last few games, he's been on fire."

The Giants' performance was even more impressive since receivers Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon and starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw were out.

Andre Brown gained a career-high 113 yards and scored twice in his first NFL start in place of Bradshaw, who has returned to practice this week. Coach Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw will start against the Eagles.

Nicks, who caught 14 passes for 237 yards in the first two games, will miss a second straight contest. He had been expected to return from a foot injury, but developed swelling in his left knee after working out Thursday and has been ruled out.

That means Ramses Barden, who had career bests of nine catches and 138 yards last week, could get another start. Hixon, who began the season as the third receiver, could also get the nod to take Nicks' spot.

The intensity of this rivalry has featured another round of trash talk between Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora after they engaged in a war of words last year.

New York will be more concerned about slowing down McCoy on the field. McCoy has averaged 104.0 yards with a per-carry average of 5.9 over the last four meetings.

Although turnovers have hampered the Eagles, they have still proved to be explosive with 16 plays of at least 20 yards to tie for fourth in the league. The Giants are third in that category with 18.

"It's two good football teams that kind of know each other really well," Vick said. "I think it's going to come down to execution but it's going to be a great game."

The Giants have some concerns in the secondary. Cornerback Corey Webster intends to play with a cast on his broken right hand and safety Antrel Rolle has been limited since hurting his knee last week.


Passing Leaders

E. Manning62.644363514
R. Nassib100.06810
S. Bradford65.037251914
M. Sanchez64.861644

Rushing Leaders

R. Jennings1958634.43
S. Vereen612604.30
D. Murray1937023.66
R. Mathews1065395.16

Receiving Leaders

O. Beckham Jr.96145015.113
R. Randle5779714.08
J. Matthews8599711.78
Z. Ertz7585311.42

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsNYG
Yards PassingNYG
Yards RushingNYG
Yards AllowedNYG
Pass Yds AllowedNYG
Rush Yds AllowedNYG

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Philadelphia leads 17-9
Nov 20, 2011NYG 10, PHI 17
Sep 25, 2011NYG 29, @PHI 16
Dec 19, 2010NYG 31, PHI 38
Nov 21, 2010NYG 17, @PHI 27
Dec 13, 2009NYG 38, PHI 45
Nov 1, 2009NYG 17, @PHI 40
Jan 11, 2009NYG 11, PHI 23
Dec 7, 2008NYG 14, PHI 20
Nov 9, 2008NYG 36, @PHI 31
Dec 9, 2007NYG 16, @PHI 13
Sep 30, 2007NYG 16, PHI 3
Jan 7, 2007NYG 20, @PHI 23
Dec 17, 2006NYG 22, PHI 36
Sep 17, 2006NYG 30, @PHI 24
Dec 11, 2005NYG 26, @PHI 23
Nov 20, 2005NYG 27, PHI 17
Nov 28, 2004NYG 6, PHI 27
Sep 12, 2004NYG 17, @PHI 31
Nov 16, 2003NYG 10, @PHI 28
Oct 19, 2003NYG 10, PHI 14
Dec 28, 2002NYG 10, PHI 7
Oct 28, 2002NYG 3, @PHI 17
Dec 30, 2001NYG 21, @PHI 24
Oct 22, 2001NYG 9, PHI 10

Research Notes

The Eagles pass defense has allowed only five completions on throws more than 10 yards downfield this season, fewest in the NFL. They face Eli Manning Sunday, who is averaging seven such completions per game this season.

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