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Another week, another rivalry game. The Eagles come to town on Sunday fresh off their NFC East-clinching win over the L.A. Rams. However, the biggest story isn't their win, but can they keep it going with Nick Foles under center following the news that Carson Wentz tore his ACL last week.
The answer is simply yes. Well, at least with this game. The Eagles still have a scary run game, and a stingy defense that has stopped some of the best offenses in the league. Plus, Foles is no scrub, having started in the past where he showed off exactly what his arm can do, especially on deep balls.
So, the Giants will certainly have their work cut out for them as Eagles head coach Doug Pederson won't want to baby Foles through his first start. Here is who will need to step up if the Giants want to pull out the biggest upset of 2017:
- Sterling Shepard: Manning was back under center against the Cowboys last week, but that didn't mean the wide receivers were magically going to catch the balls thrown to them. The Giants have dropped the most passes than any other team in the NFL this season, and that plague struck again last Sunday. Shepard was a main culprit as he had a couple of easy catches turn into head-scratching drops. If the Giants want to get anything going in the air, Shepard needs to be there guy to pick up yardage, especially after the catch. Remember your fundamentals Sterling: Catch first, then run.
- Jason Pierre-Paul & Olivier Vernon: These two have been underwhelming all season in getting to the quarterback. Vernon may have an excuse because he is still playing on an injured ankle despite what he might say. These edge rushers may be good at setting the edge on the run, but 10 sacks combined isn't going to cut it. Foles gets his first start on Sunday, and what better way to welcome him into MetLife in a rivalry game than to constantly apply pressure, and make him make tough throws. It'll be up to these two to make that happen.
- Eli Apple: I don't care what kind of reps you get whether you start or not. If Apple wants to stay a New York Giant, he should be going all-out on Sunday. The Giants won't stand for any drama or controversy in their locker room, and they surely won't want it to carry over into next season after this year. So, if Apple is smart, he won't complain about his role on Sunday. Instead, he needs to go out, make plays, and maybe it will get everyone's mind off whether or not he is committed to the team.
Today's Giants links roundup
What exactly does the future hold for Eli Apple? >> Jordan Raanan, ESPN
The Giants are making no rush to fill their GM role >> Paul Schwartz, NY Post