When the two teams meet tomorrow at the Meadowlands, the Giants must prevent Philadelphia from making the big plays. That means stopping - or containing - McCoy, Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin. Here's why:
- The Eagles are No. 1 in total offense (402.8 yards per game) and No. 2 in scoring offense (28.8 points per game).
- The Eagles have 16 plays of at least 40 yards this year, 10 plays of at least 50 yards, five plays of at least 60 yards, and three plays of at least 80 yards. They also have 67 plays of at least 20 yards.
- On 13 occasions, Philadelphia has needed fewer than five plays to score. On three occasions, they've needed just one play to score.
Stopping the Eagles from making the big play is something the Giants know they have to do.
"They're the clichés because you hear them every week, but you hear them every week because it's the truth," linebacker Jonathan Goff said. "Team defense, assignment football and great effort. That's what will do it."
(Statistics and quote appeared in an article in today's Wall Street Journal entitled "Eagles Live and Die by the Big Play".)