Philadelphia Eagles versus New York Giants: 5 questions ahead of Week 7

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2. Can the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive line dominate?

The Philadelphia Eagles defense has had their share of ups and downs, but this is certainly a game in which they can run over the Giants and shut them down. Philly fans are wondering if they will though. The Eagles have played down to a team’s talent level before, especially on defense, but this is a must-win game. Hopefully, they can stay focused.

The Ravens scored 30 points on Philly’s defense,  but there were some great schemes that we all saw at times by this defense. The Eagles have tried to utilize a wide-nine scheme. They have used defensive backs in place of linebackers, and, they’ve run a nice mix of zone and man coverage.

Their calling card has been their defensive front’s ability to wreak havoc as they’re currently ranked fourth in the league for sacks. Malik Jackson is out for Week 7’s game, but this rotating bulldozer of a front should add a few more sacks to their tally. With how powerful the front four has been, they have struggled in terms of defending the run, in over-commitment, and with any misdirection play that has been thrown at them. All of that has placed this team near the bottom of the NFL in run defense.

The Eagles defense is near the bottom in all categories but has enough talent to stop this Giants offense. With no Barkley and possibly no Slayton, ‘Big Blue’ is extremely limited, and the recent addition of Devonta Freeman hasn’t produced any major fireworks. Advantage: Eagles