It’s time for the NY Giants to finally beat the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles have been the proverbial thorn in the Giants side over the last decade. Like a weaselly heel in the world of professional wrestling, the defending NFC East champions always seem to sneak out wins against the Giants, even by the skin of their teeth.
It’s not about how you win in the National Football League though – most wins certainly aren’t pretty. Eight straight wins against one team is impressive, not to mention improbable, no matter how you slice it.
Fourth quarter comebacks, last second field goals, and overtime thrillers have become staples in this rivalry over recent years, but one thing stands out – the Eagles always come out on top. The back and forth exists for three, maybe three and a half quarters, but when it’s winning time, the Eagles have been near perfect.
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The Giants have been close to breaking the chain many times, but Sunday is their best chance yet. Daniel Jones is coming off his best game of the season, Patrick Graham’s defense is playing at a high level, and it looks like they finally found the right head coach in Joe Judge.
It all sounds good, but what will they need to do to stop the wheel? They need to finish.
It’s time for the NY Giants to learn how to win. To learn how to put games away, to finally get past the roadblock painted midnight green, to be able to put the aurora of ‘how will we lose this time’ to bed.
This is far from the same team that lost those eight games, but until the Giants can defeat the Eagles, nothing changes. Judge can say all the right things, Jones can play mistake free for as long as he wants, but without a win vs. their rivals, the franchise stays married to mediocrity.
Aside from their Super Bowl championship season in 2017, the Eagles haven’t exactly been world beaters, either. The Giants have been their ‘get-right’ game for the last couple seasons, a launch pad to division titles, first-round byes and playoff runs.
A Jake Elliott 63 yard field goal sent the Giants to 0-3, starting the ugly demise of Ben McAdoo’s tenure. Pat Shurmur proved on four occasions that he simply wasn’t a winner, no matter how great of an offensive mind he was.
A win this Sunday may do more for Joe Judge than anything else he’s done, or will do, this season. Giant fans believe he’s different, that he’s the one to lead them into a new era of success – he can give credence to that idea by finally being the one to break the streak.
At some point, the heartbreaking losses need to stop. The era of the Giants being dominated by the Eagles needs to end. That point is this Sunday.
Destiny is staring the Giants in the face. If their ever going to leave this era behind and find success, it starts with defeating the Eagles.
For a 2-7 team, there aren’t many must-win games. But for a team with a head coach trying to prove himself, an offense trying to silence the doubters, and a franchise trying to whisk in the winds of change – it’s never meant more.