The Eagles need to rely on their strengths to earn a playoff win over the Giants in this Divisional Round matchup.
Look, this isn’t any other playoff game. Postseason clashes always ratchet the intensity upward. Having the Eagles and Giants on the field at the same time makes this one all the more emotional. For both teams, this is the most important game that they have played in a while.
The Eagles have been among this season’s Super Bowl favorites for most of this season. If they walk into this one and employ a heavy dose of their running game plan, they will be fine. It doesn’t matter if they rely on Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders, or the Giant Killer himself, Boston Scott.
Well, on second thought, we don’t need Jalen running constantly. That’s why this team has a running back committee, but you get the idea. A heavy dose of the passing attack will open up other modes of offensive attack.
Sanders went off during the first meeting this season, rushing for 144 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, we’d like to see Jonathan Gannon let the big boys eat! Constant pressure on Daniel Jones could lead to wrong reads, quarterback hits and/or sacks, and hopefully, turnovers.
Philly is fully capable of stopping Saquon Barkley. He only accounted for 28 rushing yards during the Week 14 meeting.
New York’s previous playoff wins over the Eagles were aided by explosive plays from their special teams and/or their defense. They’ll probably need a few in this one as well. If that doesn’t happen, and if Philadelphia doesn’t beat themselves, the Eagles should win easily in the Divisional Round.
There will be angry fans if Philadelphia falters but forget about all of that. Only positive vibes are welcome. The quest for another Super Bowl win begins on Saturday night.