5 keys to victory for the NY Giants against the Eagles

Saquon Barkley, NY Giants. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Saquon Barkley, NY Giants. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /
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Saquon Barkley, NY Giants
Saquon Barkley, NY Giants. (Photo by Vincent Alban/Getty Images) /

1. The G-Men must control the clock

The Giants masterfully controlled the clock against the Vikings, and they’ll need a similar performance on offense to find a win in Philadelphia. We’ve learned thus far that the Giants aren’t looking to get into any offensive shootouts. They want to play their game, run Saquon Barkley and retain possession of the football. It’s worked masterfully at times, but it’s also a recipe for disaster if you’re playing from behind.

With some help from the Giants defense, Barkley, Jones and company need to stay on the field, have long drives and score points. The Eagles can win like that as well, but that’s what it’s going to take from the Giants.

Hopefully Darius Slayton got his drop out of the way, because the Giants will need him and the rest of their receiving unit to come ready to fight for first downs, make contested catches and ball out in Philadelphia. Isaiah Hodgins is coming off a huge game in Minnesota, and more of the same will be needed at Lincoln Financial Field.