2018- Week 6 Eagles vs. Giants Preview

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Matt Finocchio - Head Writer

I know, I know, I’ve been saying it for the past few weeks, but...will this be the week that the Birds get back on track? Let’s look at a few things to watch for in Thursday’s match-up against the Giants.

The Secondary vs. OBJ: It’s no secret to Eagles fans that there have been issues in the secondary this year. Jalen Mills can’t seem to cover anyone past 10 yards, and the absence of Rodney McCleod at free safety has proven to be a major issue. Giants wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most explosive players in the league. I don’t expect the secondary to fully shutdown OBJ, but if the Eagles are going to win this game, they need to keep him out of the end zone.

The Birds’ Offensive Line: The offensive line is struggling in pass protection, especially compared to last year; It looks like Jason Peters has lost a step (he admitted to still being a bit rusty coming back from his injury) and Lane Johnson has given up a sack each of the past two weeks. Additionally, Isaac Seumalo replaced Stefen Wisniewski at left guard last Sunday, but failed to impress (he gave up a sack on the team’s first possession and looked to be struggling against more powerful defenders). I’ll be looking to see how the line protects Wentz this week and will be focusing on Seumalo to confirm whether or not the Eagles made the right decision to bench Wisniewski.

The Eagles Running Backs: With the surprise news this week that Jay Ajayi is out for the season with a torn ACL, the game against the Giants will be a big test for Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood (Darren Sproles will still be inactive). If Clement and Smallwood prove that they can carry the load, the Eagles might not need to bring in a big-name back (Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Jordan Howard, etc.) to save the running game. I personally think they can get the job done, but we won’t know until Thursday night.

Prediction: After only having 17 rushing attempts last week, I think Pederson will establish the run early to get the offense going. If the Eagles can contain OBJ and Saquon Barkley, I think they come out with a win and get the season back on track.

Final Score: Eagles 30, Giants 10

Go Birds!