Reasons Miles Sanders should be featured by Eagles offense versus Giants

Miles Sanders, #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
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Jalen Hurts doesn’t have to beat the Giants alone, and dominating time of possession keeps an already inept offense grounded.

Over the previous 13 seasons, the Eagles boast a 20-6 record against New York. The 2022 Giants under new head coach Brian Daboll however, are the most talented version of this team that Philadelphia has encountered in a long time. With a 7-4-1 record, it is the first time the Eagles have encountered a Giants team that is above .500 this late in the season since December 2016.

The Eagles won that December 2016 game in Philadelphia. The game in front of them this week is very winnable as well.

The Giants’ four losses have come by way of two losses to the Dallas Cowboys as well as losses to the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. While the Eagles have not faced the Seahawks, they are 2-0 in their two games versus the Cowboys and Lions.

Eagles’ MVP-candidate quarterback, Jalen Hurts has had some lackluster in his two starts versus the Giants. His combined numbers from those two games are as follows: 31 completions on 60 passing attempts, 328 yards passing, two touchdowns thrown, three interceptions, and a passer rating of 58.2.

Hurts will have to play better than he did in 2021 versus New York if the Eagles expect to beat their division rival on Sunday, but Jalen doesn’t have to do everything. The Eagles are already the more talented team, and if they control the clock and keep the Giants offense on the sideline, an already inept Giants offense becomes even less effective.

In their last three matchups versus the Giants, the Eagles have rushed for 130 yards or more. They’ve scored four touchdowns on the ground. They’re 2-1 in those games. If the Eagles want to win on Sunday with minimal stress, history suggests they’d be wise to stick with Miles Sanders and the running game.