Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Giants Game Preview by Daniel Farr
Losing Carson Wentz can be compared to losing LeBron James, the impact will be felt across the league and especially for the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz provides rare size, speed, IQ and arm talent. He had a year for the ages - throwing 33 touchdowns, over 3,000 yards and accumulating 11 wins in 13 games. Life without an MVP caliber quarterback will be dismal, and that life begins against the New York Giants. With career back up Nick Foles named starting quarterback for the Eagles, the team’s once Super Bowl bound season appears to be over with. Unless, the defense plays lights out and the offense flat out dominates the time of possession. On defense, the Eagles defensive line must play how they have been playing all season. If they can apply pressure on Eli Manning, force him to throw quick and off balance, the Eagles may blow the Giants out. If the defense can put constant pressure on the Giants offense =, it’ll allow the secondary and linebackers to create turnovers, which is a must when your team’s quarterback is mediocre at best. For the Eagles on offense, the game-plan should be simple - run the ball. Running backs Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, and LeGarrette Blount should each touch the ball at least 10 times, with Ajayi leading the team in rushing attempts. Ajayi should get 25 attempts, Blount 15 attempts, and Clement 10 attempts. Life without Wentz will be tough, and perhaps unbearable come the postseason, but Philadelphia beats New York on Sunday 23-13.