The Eagles had Week 9 off as their bye week. Philadelphia defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8 and the Giants in Week 7. The Eagles won that New York game by a final score of 22-21. It was an ugly game from start to finish at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Giants, who will miss the playoffs this season, defeated the Washington Football Team in Week 9 for their second win of the season. New York’s two wins on the campaign have come versus Washington.
In these classic NFC East games, you can pretty much throw records, schemes and scouting reports out the door. Both of these teams know each other very well inside and out.
With the Eagles-Giants game almost here, let’s take a look at four bold predictions for the contest from a Philadelphia point of view.
1. Carson Wentz throws two touchdowns, one interception
Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz has not played well this season. He has 12 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions while completing just 58.4 percent of his passes. There’s only been one game this season where Wentz didn’t throw a pick. For whatever reason, the former second overall pick just hasn’t been able to keep the ball away from defenses.
In Week 7 against the Giants, Wentz went 25-of-43 for 359 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and one interception.
We actually have Wentz doing the same thing in Week 10 versus New York. Look for the gunslinger to rack up a lot of yards through the air and toss two touchdowns, but add one INT to his league-leading 12 picks.
2. Travis Fulgham scores one touchdown
With all of his top wideouts out due to injury, Wentz has had to rely on Travis Fulgham a lot this season. The 25-year-old has four touchdown receptions, which leads the Eagles receiving core.
Fulgham is second on the team in receptions with 29. He has 435 receiving yards and scored a touchdown in every game this season except for Week 7 against the Giants.
With that being said, we have Fulgham scoring a TD versus New York this time around to get his season total to five. Wentz clearly has trust in Fulgham since his stars are out. The Virginia native is making a name for himself in the NFL thanks in large part to the Eagles’ injury woes.
3. Eagles defense picks off Daniel Jones twice
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been a turnover machine in the NFL. He has 21 interceptions in 22 career games and nine this season.
In Week 7 against the Eagles, Jones only threw for 187 yards. While he did toss two touchdowns, the Duke product unsurprisingly threw an interception as well.
In Week 10 versus the Eagles, we have Jones getting picked off twice. He’s no doubt got a big arm and some sound skills the Giants can build around, but until Jones shows us he can limit his interceptions, we are always going to predict picks in his future.
The Eagles only have three interceptions on the season. Coming off a bye week, though, we expect Philadelphia to be energized on defense and ready to pounce on Jones and the Giants’ lackluster offense.
4. Eagles defeat Giants to improve to 4-4-1
Odds are the Eagles will be that team since they are in first place in the division and the Giants, Washington Football Team and Cowboys are all walking disasters.
We have Philadelphia defeating New York in Week 10 to improve its record to 4-4-1. The hope within the Eagles organization is that Wentz will turn the corner after the bye week and start to play like the Pro Bowler he once was.
If Wentz can flip the switch and perform more efficiently as the season moves along, the Eagles could make some noise in the NFC. Stranger things have happened in the NFL, so it wouldn’t shock us if Philadelphia went on some type of magical run à la 2018 when Nick Foles led the franchise to the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots.
Before they get ahead of themselves, though, the Eagles have to take care of business against the lowly Giants. Since divisional games are historically close, we can’t say for certain Philadelphia is going to assert its will versus New York for four quarters.
However, it would be shocking to see the Eagles lose the game since they have more talent on both sides of the ball.