They saved their season last week with an inspired second half performance against Washington, now the Giants defense has to prove that it can play for four quarters against a very good quarterback. Donovan McNabb may not run like he once did, but his arm looks great. So far, McNabb has completed 61% of his passes and has thrown five touchdowns to one interception. Stopping him will be the key to this game and it doesn’t help that the Giants’ new defensive coordinator came from Philadelphia and has installed an Eagles-style defense in New York meaning McNabb should recognize a lot of the packages the Giants run.
And that Eagles defense looks as tough as ever. They have been stingy against the rush, allowing only 71-yard per game and they rank in the top-10 in pass defense. To make matters worse Plaxico Burress has a bad ankle sprain and while he vows that he will play, his effectiveness may be diminished.
So, don’t expect the Giants to score a lot of points and with the Giants defense still unproven, Gothamist thinks the Eagles will take the victory Sunday night.