Don’t get beat over the top
The Eagles have limited offensive weapons Thursday, with running back Miles Sanders, tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, along with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery out, but that doesn’t mean Wentz isn’t capable of hitting on one or two deep passes that can alter the game.
“They make a lot of plays,” Judge said Tuesday. “And they’re an explosive team.”
One of those explosive players is wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who is expected to play, and the Giants will likely counter with Bradberry traveling against him.
If the Giants can neutralize Jackson, particularly with Bradberry who enters as Pro Football Focus’ fifth-ranked cornerback, it would go a long way towards making the Eagles on dimensional. The Eagles’ offensive line has been a mess in recent weeks, and if the Giants’ front-seven generates consistent pressure, they’ll have a difficult time sustaining drives.
Force the Eagles to play from behind the chains by winning on early downs, and then avoid giving up the big play deep downfield, and the Giants are going to be in a pretty good position to leave Philadelphia with an upset.
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.