As the Giants head to Philadelphia to face their division rival, they will step on Lincoln Financial Field as 6.5-point underdogs. But, while the Eagles boast a potent offense, they have a glaring red flag in their defense.
The Eagles' secondary has been laboring in recent weeks, as the injury bug nested in this group. First, it was Ronald Darby going down for the rest of the season with an ACL tear, and Jalen Mills is now set to miss his third straight contest as he battles a foot injury.
Add Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox to the heap after getting injured in last Sunday's blowout against the Saints, and the Eagles are left with adopting the "next man up" mantra yet again -- something head coach Doug Pederson is used to at this point.
"We always talk about the next man," he told NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt, "and they're the next men."
The Giants knew a thing or two about the next man up last season, when their wide receivers were dropping like flies. But they will enter this game entirely healthy, and recently, Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard have found a groove since coming off the bye week. In fact, Beckham could eclipse 1,000 yards for the fourth time in his career on Sunday.
And that looks like a no-doubter with the Eagles' replacement corners tasked with defending the Pro Bowler. Or is it?
Whether it's an elite corner or a backup, Shepard knows that it's no easy feat to making it to the league. So the Giants' receivers will be mindful of that at kickoff.
"I try not to pay attention to all the people going down," Shepard said. "This is the NFL at the end of the day. Guys aren't playing in this league -- I don't care if you're a backup or whatever -- if you can't play the game."
Beckham reiterated that point after practice on Friday.
"I don't care if they're on the roster, highest-paid, rookie, 12 years in, I'm going to approach it the same way," he said.
But, whether they want to divulge their true feelings or not, the Giants have to feel good about that matchup. Looking at what the Saints where able to do, Big Blue has the same type of playmakers on their roster to rack up yardage through the air and take some chances down the field knowing a solid receiver will be on the other end of the ball.
Then again, the Giants don't know what they'll see from corners like Chandon Sullivan, Cre'Von LeBlanc, and De'Vante Bausby.
"It's tough from a film standpoint," Shepard said, "but at the end of the day it's football so you gotta go out there and beat the man in front of you. That's what we gotta do."