The Giants and the Redskins are both NFC East rivals of the Eagles, and this week’s game is also on prime time. The similarities end there. New York is a much better team than Washington, particularly on defense.
While the Redskins rank dead last in yards allowed per game with 415, the Giants lead the NFL with just 270.2 yards given up per outing. New York is tied for eighth in the league with 25 sacks and leads the league with 16 forced fumbles.
“They’re the number one defense in the National Football League and rightly so, they’ve gotten after the quarterback,” Reid said. “So that front four – I say front four but they rotate guys in there, they’re all good and they play their hearts out and are very aggressive.”
Perhaps most pertinent and frightening for opponents, New York has sidelined six quarterbacks this season with injuries. Having already been sidelined this year and susceptible to taking hits due to his running, Michael Vick hopes not to join Tony Romo, Shaun Hill, Jay Cutler, Todd Collins and Matt Moore on the list of casualties. Reid won’t worry about it though.
“I can’t really worry about all of that other than making sure that we worry about what we can control, and that’s trying to set up the protections the right way and so on and going from there.”
Despite all of the pressure the Giants have been getting, they haven’t been burned deep in the passing game, allowing the second fewest plays of 20 or more yards in the league, with just 21. The Eagles might not have any easier of a time on the ground, where the Giants are third in the league giving up only 83.3 yards per game.
That means the Eagles may have to grind out a tough one at home on Sunday night, but if the offense impresses against one of the league’s top defenses, the question of whether Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy can be stopped just might have an answer.
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