The Giants have lost five straight games to the Eagles, but if they win on Sunday at home, they'll have the inside track to the NFC East title. If they want to win, they'll have to rush better than they did when the two teams met last month.
Philadelphia shut down Ahmad Bradshaw -- who lost his starting job -- and Brandon Jacobs. Since then, the Giants have averaged 6.1 yards per carry with both backs dominating. But the Giants also need a better game out of Eli Manning, who threw three interceptions and fumbled in the fourth quarter in a terrific display of carelessness with the ball. Asante Samuel, who dropped a Manning interception in Super Bowl XLII, will be back on the field Sunday. He had two picks in the Nov. 21 meeting. The Giants' QB will be without Steve Smith, who is out for the year, but should have Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.
The Giants did a reasonable job of containing Michael Vick in November, but they were fortunate. A few well-timed Eagles drops helped keep the Eagles in shouting distance. With LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia can make big plays at any time. If the Giants win out, they will be no worse than the No. 2 seed. This game could be the difference between three road playoff games or two home playoff games en route to the Super Bowl. Both teams can improve on their play from last time, but the Eagles are probably the better team.