The Philadelphia Eagles will have to defeat the New York Giants to clinch the NFC East title. While many expect the Eagles to win, Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones could end up spoiling Philadelphia’s playoff hopes.
Last week, the Eagles were able to take down the Dallas Cowboys in a low-scoring affair. With the win, Philadelphia took sole possession of the lead in the NFC East.
It wasn’t the prettiest win for the Eagles, but Carson Wentz was able to deliver a notable performance once again. At the same time, Philadelphia’s defense was able to keep Dallas out of the end zone.
On the other hand, Jones had his best game of the season as he torched the Washington Redskins for 352 yards and five touchdowns (both are career highs). Above all, the first-year starter was able to avoid turning the ball over in New York’s overtime victory.
Plenty of people believe that the Eagles are beginning to turn a corner with how they’ve performed in recent weeks. But in reality, they still aren’t a team that you can comfortably predict to win a game on the road in December.
The last time the Eagles and Giants faced one another, New York had Eli Manning under center. Jones was nursing an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for two weeks.
In that game, Manning and the Giants seemed to be in the driver seat as they took a 17-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. However, in the second half, Wentz was able to rally the offense and forced overtime.
With nearly five minutes remaining in the game, Wentz connected with Zach Ertz to secure the comeback win over the Giants. This time around, Ertz won’t be active for the Eagles due to a fractured rib.
As for Jones, he is coming off of his best game of the season and is hoping to finish his rookie campaign on a high note. The Giants’ first-round pick in this year’s draft should have no trouble picking apart Philadelphia’s mediocre secondary.
The Eagles enter Week 17 with the 19th-ranked pass defense in the NFL (239.3 yards per game). In addition, the Eagles have only forced 18 turnovers (20th in the NFL).
While Jones has been a bright spot on New York’s dismal season, he’s had an issue fumbling the ball. Luckily for him, Philadelphia isn’t a team that gets many takeaways.
Philadelphia would love to salvage their pedestrian season by reaching the postseason for the third straight year under Doug Pederson. As for the Giants, Jones could be the culprit that sends the Eagles packing for the playoffs on Sunday.