The Eagles will be without RB Miles Sanders and TE Zach Ertz when they host the NY Giants on Thursday Night.
The NY Giants will square off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, with their division rivals missing two of their most dynamic offensive weapons.
Eagles running back Miles Sanders could miss up to two weeks after suffering a knee injury during Sunday’s 30-28 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and the Eagles could also be without tight end Zach Ertz for 3-4 weeks due to a high-ankle sprain.
Sanders, chosen by the Eagles in the second-round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Penn State, was off to the strongest start to a season of his career with 434 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 6.1 yards per carry through the first six weeks.
With Sanders sidelined, expect the Eagles to turn to Boston Scott and Corey Clement beginning Thursday night against the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field.
Last season, Scott ran roughshod over the Giants for 113 yards and four touchdowns in the two meetings between these teams.
The Giants’ rushing defense has been one of the team’s strengths, entering Thursday night ranked 8th in the NFL, allowing opponents an average of 106.5 yards per game.
Ertz getting injured could coincide with tight ed Dallas Goedert returning from injured reserve this week.
Meanwhile, there’s a chance Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard returns. Shepard was eligible to come off injured reserve last week, but was only able to work with trainers during practice.
Philadelphia enters as a 5.5 point favorite against the Giants, but the opportunity is there for head coach Joe Judge and Co. to make real headway in the wide open NFC East if they are able to knock off the Eagles who have been decimated by injuries in recent weeks.
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.