WR Hakeem Nicks will miss his second consecutive game. He now has a swollen knee to go with his troubled right foot. The Giants have not divulged many details regarding the new injury.
With Nicks out, Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon will fill in. As we know, both are capable players. Don't count rookie Rueben Randle out, either.
On the offensive line, Sean Locklear will start at RT again and Will Beatty will be at LT. RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) will start, but the Giants will get the ball into Andre Brown's hands as well. The Eagles will rotate eight or nine defensive lineman
In the secondary, Corey Webster will be a LCB, with a cast on his hand. Prince Amukamara will be at RCB. Feeling comfy?
With Jayron Hosley out, slot corner is up for grabs from group of the remaining DBs. There's not much to choose from. The Giants probably wont's ask much of Michael Coe (hamstring), who may not even dress. Safety Antrel Rolle (knee) usually assumes that role, but he could be limited.
The Eagles' passing game has been erratic, with QB Michael Vick taking too many hits and turning the ball over at a historic rate. The Giants' pass rush has not been itself the first three games of this season and the Giants need that to change. They need to force Vick into errors. The less pressure on the secondary, the better.
Then again, we have seen the Giants' reserves step out of the shadows and get the job done. This game could come down to the likes of Will Hill, Stevie Brown and Justin Tryon. In fact, it probably will. The Eagles will have WR Jeremy Maclin back, so, this is key matchup of the game right here.
The Eagles may try to take the ball out of Vick's hands and put it in LeSean McCoy's. He is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has killed the Giants int he past with big plays. The Giants' run defense has been mediocre, allowing 94 yards per game.
I don't like this matchup even when the Giants are healthy. The Eagles are favored for a reason. The game is on national TV for a reason. The Giants seem to get taken out of their game against the Eagles. They get pushed around physically and at times, they look intimidated.
What can they do to change that? Running the ball successfully is always emasculating to an opponent. The Giants haven't been able to do that to Philly in recent years. If they can do that tonight, it will erase the edge the Eagles have gained over the Blue.