The Giants are in Philadelphia for their big Sunday night matchup against the Eagles. Injuries have tested the depth of the Giants early this season and so far the team has responded to the challenge. We’ll get to see if that continues against an Eagles team looking to get a strong game from quarterback Michael Vick and quiet concerns the fanbase may have over their offense.
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will miss his second straight game. He has swelling in his knee from an injury he suffered late in the 4th quarter against Tampa Bay and is still dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired foot. Ramses Barden will get the call to step in for the second straight week and the Giants are going to be looking for another strong effort from him. Barden posted nine receptions for 138 yards against Carolina. The Giants will also have Domenik Hixon (concussion) back after missing week 3.
The running game has been an intriguing point of interest for the Giants so far this season. Ahmad Bradshaw has made it known he’s playing against the Eagles after having to miss last week’s game in Carolina with a neck injury. The intriguing aspect of this is that Andre Brown has emerged the last couple of weeks and earned at least the right to be Bradshaw’s backup. Brown stepped in against Tampa Bay in week 2 when Bradshaw left the game and ran for 71 yards on 13 carries. He then followed that up the following week against Carolina with a 113-yard effort on 20 carries filling in as the starter.
Brown has opened eyes and may have given the Giants a logical reason to use a 1-2 attack at running back along with Bradshaw. It’s normally worked with great success for head coach Tom Coughlin’s teams in the past. Lost in the mix, at least for right now is 1st round pick, David Wilson.
One thing is for certain right now and that’s the Giants have options that they didn’t know might be available to them in the running game before the season started. We’ll see how it works out tonight against the Eagles.