McCoy has been the Eagles' best player this season bar none, and has arguably been the best running back in football. His 906 rushing yards are second only to Fred Jackson's 917, and he has scored a touchdown in every game so far (12 total touchdowns). The 23 year old sports a 5.5 yards per carry average, and will be the key to the Eagles' offense whether its Michael Vick, Vince Young or Mike Kafka under center.
The Giants' run defense has improved over the past couple of weeks, but McCoy is a whole different animal. The last time these two teams met, McCoy rushed 24 times for 128 yards and a touchdown, and he has already broken the Giants' back a couple times during his short career. The Eagles feature McCoy in a number of ways, including as a receiver out of the backfield and on quick tosses up the middle.
If the Giants can keep McCoy under 100 rushing yards, the odds swing into their favor; the Eagles are 3-1 when McCoy reaches 100 yards, and 0-5 when he does not.
2. Nnamdi Asomugha
When the Ealges signed Nnamdi Asomugha, many people, including myself, thought that the Eagles' secondary was going to be one of the best units in the league. The reality is that they allow 220 yards per game, which while being solid, does not justify the amount of money spent to build their secondary.
This secondary just allowed John Skelton to drop 315 yards on them, and will be without Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, so if the unit is going to turn it around, they will need for Asomugha to step up his game. With two picks in his last three games, Nnamdi has started to show flashes of his past brilliance.
It can be assumed that Asomugha has not forgotten being embarrassed by Victor Cruz on two touchdown catches the last time these two teams met. Unless he continues to play at a high level, the Eagles will have a hard time stopping Cruz, Nicks and the Giants' passing attack.
3. DeSean Jackson
We all remember what happened last time DeSean Jackson played a game in MetLife Stadium. As much as I try to block it out of my memories and change the channel every time it comes on the television, it's a ghost that will haunt the stadium. But the Giants have a chance to exercise those demons and bury the Eagles' slim playoff hopes in one fell swoop.
Jackson was benched last week for missing a team meeting, and has fallen behind Jeremy Maclin in Michael Vick's receiver totem pole. But Maclin is hobbled with a shoulder injury, and Vick may miss the game with two broken ribs. The Eagles know that, other than McCoy, Jackson is their most explosive weapon remaining.
Former Giant Steve Smith received a team-high 10 targets, playing in Jackson's stead. If Maclin is unable to go, Smith will be one to watch as well. But no matter what happens, for the health of every Giants fan out there, Big Blue cannot allow DeSean Jackson to beat them again.