New York Giants Week 7 Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

The New York Giants have the chance for back-to-back division wins and to jump to second place in the NFC East as they face the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football.

The Giants are coming off a 20-19 win against the Washington Football Team, their first win of the season.

Meanwhile, the Eagles lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 30-28, in Week 6, as their 22-point fourth quarter flurry wasn’t enough to complete a dramatic comeback.

Philadelphia is a 4.5-point favorite, according to Caesars Sportsbook.

New York has lost seven-straight games against Philly.

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Short Week, Short Bench

Both teams have three days in-between games, and on top of that, both are ravaged by injuries.

The Eagles only have two starters from Week 1 slated to play tonight: Carson Wentz and Jason Kelce.

Miles Sanders injured his knee last week and is out, while Zach Ertz has been placed on IR.

The Eagles will use their third-string TE, second-string RB, and mostly backup offensive line.

For the Giants, Sterling Shepard has been activated from IR and is active for the first time since Week 2, though with limited snaps projected if he feels good during pregame warmups.

Darius Slayton, who has a nagging foot issue that flared up last week, is a game-time decision; and CJ Board, who was carted off last week, is out with a concussion.

Daniel Jones hasn’t had a 300-yard passing game this season, and needs all the targets the Giants can dress.

If Shepard and Slayton don’t suit up, New York will play at receiver veteran Golden Tate, rookie Austin Mack, and practice squad player Alex Bachman.

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Containing Carson Wentz

The Giants have only played one QB with running ability, that being Dak Prescott in Week 5, and only for three-quarters of the game.

Carson Wentz has 28 rushes for 171 yards and four touchdowns in six games. Coverage leading to sacks has been the formula for pressure for the Giants this season, but is easier against pocket passers.

The Eagles offensive line is starting four backups and has to be exploited by the Giants D-line. Kyler Fackrell and leading tackler Blake Martinez have a combined five sacks, and if they secure the edge, Leonard Williams, who has three sacks, can make a play in the middle.

Wentz has been sacked 25 times this season, which is the highest rate in the NFL.

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AT at LT

Andrew Thomas didn’t play in the first quarter last week after reportedly violating team policy. He’s slated to start this week and needs to step up his play.

Thomas has the lowest grade of all five first-round rookie offensive tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.

No matter who he is matching up against — Brandon Graham or Derek Barnett — both have had impressive seasons and continually get to the QB.

The Giants’ success doesn’t rely solely on Thomas, but he will be tested once again, and needs to play like a first-round pick.

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