FREE Agency rounds 1 and 2 have passed, as has the Draft. At this point, teams have basically added all their desired starters and key depth. Now it’s just a matter of seeing who everyone loses between now (with stupid vacation injuries), and the end of Training Camp. This article assumes the Eagles operating at their peak vs rivals operating at their peak, for 17 straight weeks.
Here is how the Eagles can sweep the NFC East in 2019. Today we’ll talk about the giants.
Defensively they shouldn’t present the Eagles much of a problem. While their interior should be hard to run against, they lack a high level pass rusher. They didn’t have one when I wrote my Pre-Draft Preview, and they didn’t add one during the Draft, nor in free agency part deux. They will apparently be relying on their system to magnify the impact of each man. As long as they follow instructions, I’m sure they’ll be fine….
The Eagles have proven adept at handling 3-4 systems which rely on OLB’s for pass rush, because it leaves no one to cover TE Zach Ertz. This is not a specialized situation, it’s a down in, and down out deficiency vs the Eagles, who have only gotten deeper at TE.
The Eagles just have to chip away at the edges on first down. The only way for the giants to cope with that, would be to come out of their base defense. In which case they are already at a disadvantage, sacrificing pass rush, and stressing a very questionable secondary.
Offensively New York has an issue with firepower. Their best weapon aside from RB Saquon Barkley is probably rookie WR Darius Slayton. Problem with that, will be getting him on the field behind less dangerous receivers, with bigger contracts. At least at the start of the season. If he outplays his elders, he’ll see more action. Regardless of how much they’re making.
In any case allowing Barkley short catches and almost no YAC, will pull the plug on the giants offense. Without a safety net, QB Eli Manning has to hold the ball longer to get it downfield to one of his WR’s, who probably will be as well covered as a trench-pig in a whorehouse.
Hey, remember WR Golden “Little Man” Tate? Master of the 2 yard catch for a 4 yard gain? He’s one of the giants top receivers. Stop laughing. I’m serious. (Hi, Serious!)
That said, as things stand now, the giants stand no chance of winning either game vs the Eagles. They’ll be lucky if they aren’t blown out both times.