Reasons Eagles versus Giants is officially must-see television

Daniel Jones #8, Saquon Barkley #26, New York Giants (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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2. Saquon Barkley and the Giants’ defense are problems.

We don’t have to remind you that, upon entering the league, Saquon Barkley felt like a sure thing. Then, the injuries mounted.

Maybe he rushed himself back at times. Maybe he just faced issues being one of the big names that play the NFL’s most punishing position, but we all agreed that he’d continue to irritate opposing defenses if he ever got healthy.

Well, he’s healthy now, and he looks like the Saquon of old. On defense, Big Blue entered Week 6 having only allowed 6.6 yards per attempt and a completion percentage of less than 60%. How did they do versus Lamar Jackson? He completed just over 53% of his passes while throwing one TD and one interception. That could be something to think about.

3. Daniel Jones isn’t losing games for his football team.

Once seen as a weak link in what we thought was an even weaker chain, Daniel Jones is winning his teammates, coaches, and Giants fans over. Five touchdowns versus two picks after six games isn’t the typical three-to-one TD-to-interception ratio that you’re looking for, but ‘Dual-threat Danny’ has also run for 236 yards, 22 first downs, and two more touchdowns on 47 carries, and ten of those totes came on a bad wheel in London.

Make no mistake about it. This guy can beat you with his legs.

4. It’s a divisional game, so the records don’t matter.

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. These proud franchises have met 178 times. Philly leads the series by an 89-87-2 margin.

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The record never matters. It won’t this time, and again, even though Round 14 is nearly two months away, maybe we’ve undervalued the New York Giants to some degree – maybe. Don’t be shocked if the regular-season finale, one scheduled for January of 2023, means a lot more than you thought it would.