W2W4: Giants vs. Eagles
December, 28, 2012
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
Tom Coughlin wants to see pride, dignity and honor.
So will the New York Giants show up in the season finale and keep their slim playoff hopes alive, or will they limp into the offseason with a three-game losing streak?
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here are five things to watch for when the Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles:
Hello again: It seems only fitting that in the Giants' season finale, they would get Michael Vick and not Nick Foles, who is on IR with a broken hand.
Vick will be fresh and highly motivated to show what he can still do in what likely will be his final game as an Eagle.
He hasn't played in six games so he might be rusty. The Giants must get pressure against the Eagles' porous line and hit Vick. They also have to keep him from breaking containment and getting outside on the edge. Vick's last win this season came at the Giants' expense in Week 4.
Slim Shady: The Giants also should get a heavy dose of LeSean McCoy. Shady McCoy had 123 yards rushing against the Giants last time, exposing Perry Fewell's defense on the edge.
The Giants have not been able to stop the run, giving up 237 yards on the ground last week to Baltimore and surrendering an average of 157.7 yards to running backs in the last four weeks.
Wake up: The Giants' offense has scored just 14 points in the last two games. Eli Manning has thrown for just 311 yards and one touchdown combined in those two games.
Manning hasn't passed for 300 yards or more in a game in his last eight games. The offense has struggled and the big play has been missing.
This could be the final time this season that Manning has an opportunity to try to hit Victor Cruz on a bomb. Those two need to take advantage of an Eagles defense that has surrendered 28 passing touchdowns –- fifth-most in the league.
The Andy Reid Show: This could be Andy Reid's final game with the Eagles. The Giants can't allow this to turn into an emotional farewell for Reid.
Reid has owned the Giants in recent years, winning eight of the last nine games -- including a playoff meeting during the 2008 season -- against Coughlin.
The Giants need to take advantage of a reeling Eagles team that has dropped 10 of its last 11 and has won only once since beating the Giants in late September.
Have you no pride? The Giants need Dallas, Chicago and Minnesota to lose in order to make the playoffs.
But first things first: The Giants have to show some heart. Check that. The Giants need to show a pulse after getting waxed in the last two games.
Regardless of what happens Sunday with the Cowboys, Bears and Vikings, the Giants need to play like defending champions and finish strong.
If they lose big for a third straight week, the Giants will have shown that they were just going through the motions and might've been satisfied with their Super Bowl win from a season ago.