Eagles-Giants Gameday Preview and Predictions

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Where to listen on radio: 94 WIP/XM 112 (Away), XM 91 (Home)

Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Site: Lincoln Financial Field

Where to watch on TV: FOX

Announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa

Kenny Albert is whatever. He’s just a voice. Not good, not bad. Johnston doesn’t particularly do anything for me, but he’s a solid color guy. Siragusa, waddling behind the goal posts, however, is dreadful. Not only does he chime in with useless information, he compounds his sucktitude with failed attempts at humor. Turn down the television sets for this one and crank up Merrill and Mike.

Line: Philadelphia -9, O/U 48

Last Meeting: The Eagles trailed last December’s meeting between the two division rivals 24-3 at halftime. The Eagles, as you may recall, outscored the Giants 31-7 in the second half to stun…well, everyone. After the Eagles tied the game at 31-31, former Giants punter Matt Dodge inexplicably kicked a low line drive to Desean Jackson, allowing Jackson space to break free and down New York with a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown as time expired.

Stats to know: Eli Manning threw for 289 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in that December matchup, but he’ll be without receiver Mario Manningham today who had eight catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in that same contest.

The Giants lead the all-time series 80-72-2, but the Eagles have beaten New York in six straight meetings. The Eagles have scored 40, 45, 27, and 38 points, respectively, in their last four games against New York.

Check out our game predictions after the jump.

Predictions:

Bob Wankel: If the Giants were any other team but the Giants, I’d say the Eagles absolutely roll them this week. But they are the Giants. Whenever these two teams get together crazy things tend to happen. Still, the Eagles can score at will and have shown the ability in recent years to absolutely light up this New York defensive unit. I know this game means a lot to the Giants. And I expect them to keep it somewhat close, but come on, there’s just no way here. I’ll take the Eagles with 31-20 win.

Steve Fini: Last week, I predicted the Eagles would pull away from the Falcons and win big. That almost happened until Michael Vick went down and the defense fell apart. This week I’m predicting the same thing–minus the injuries and late-game collapse. The Giants don’t have the bodies on defense to stop the Eagles receivers and their defensive line can’t stop LeSean McCoy on the ground. Offensively, the Giants don’t have the game breakers to stick with the Eagles defense. They also don’t have a stable quarterback. Interceptions and sacks should be at a premium for the Eagles defense today. I’ll take the Eagles to win by a score of 31-21.

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