Eagles will beat Giants easily if they rely on a familiar game plan
To defeat the Giants in Week 18, the game plan for the Philadelphia Eagles is a simple one.
The Philadelphia Eagles have already tasted victory over the New York Giants once in 2022. This time around, the stakes are much higher. An NFC East title, the top seed in the National Football Conference, a first-round bye, and a franchise record 14th win are all on the line. A single-season sweep over a bitter rival by way of a win on Sunday seems more critical than ever.
To beat the Giants for the second time in four weeks, controlling the time of possession is key. In Week 14, they utilized that game plan to perfection. They ran the ball 31 times. 250 yards rushing and four touchdowns were the results.
On defense, they held the Giants to 123 yards rushing on 24 carries. New York scored three touchdowns. Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor threw TD passes. Jones produced the only rushing TD, one scored on a quarterback sneak.
Jalen Hurts is trending toward making his return, but it is important to keep him upright and healthy. That is the most important priority. He took first-team reps with the offense and participated in ball-carrying drills on Thursday, but it would be wise to limit the opportunities Big Blue has to take shots at him. If he were to reaggravate his sprained SC joint in his throwing shoulder and miss additional games, that would be a nightmare scenario that no Eagles fan wants to see.
Gardner Minshew wasn’t a threat to run the ball these past two weeks. As a result, the offense looked flat. They couldn’t even convert on a fourth-down quarterback sneak, a play that had been nearly impossible with Hurts under center, but all hope isn’t lost.
Philly is expected to have QB1 back in the lineup even if he is listed as questionable. We expect a Week 18 victory. The roadmap is simple. Here are three points their coaching staff should be driving home.