The Eagles will look to close out what can be described as none other than a disastrous 2012 season when they head to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to take on the Giants. The game is widely considered to be the swan song for head coach Andy Reid and Michael Vick. While what promises to be an eventful offseason looms in the close distance, let’s take a look at this NFC East matchup–one with much little less luster than usual.
The game: The Giants have been simply terrible the last two weeks, laying eggs at Atlanta and Baltimore in what were must-win games. New York still has an outside chance at reaching the postseason, but the prospects of that look less than stellar at this point. Still, it’s hard to imagine the 4-11 Eagles beating the Giants for a second time this season as the collective unit doesn’t have much to play for.
Michael Vick will look to end the season on a good note and the Giants have struggled to get to the quarterback. New York has allowed teams to both successfully run and throw the football. Fortunately, New York’s struggling offense is facing a more than charitable Eagles defense.
The motivation: While the Giants are playing to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, the Eagles will be looking to send Reid out a winner and Vick will want to put some quality play on tape before he’s likely released this offseason. With the Eagles playing loose and relaxed and the Giants facing the reality that they’re just not that good of a football team, the Eagles should be able to cover the seven-point spread.
Keep in mind:
The Eagles have won 8 of the last 9 meetings with New York
The road team has won 8 of the last 11 meetings
The Eagles defeated New York earlier this season–when both teams were playing better football
Prediction: Giants 27- Eagles 24