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  • 18 May
    Will the New York Giants be able to go into their personal
    House of Horrors on Sunday and emerge with a victory over the Philadelphia
    Eagles? Here is how your Big Blue View contributors see the game unfolding.Chris
    Pflum The Giants are on their first winning streak since
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    , and the Eagles have dropped two in a row, losing three
    of the last four since beating the Giants 34-13. So, with both teams (seemingly)
    going in different directions, this is a game the Giants should win, right? If
    you’ve been paying attention this year, there isn’t anything like a “should win”
    game for the Giants. This is a winnable game, however. The Eagles’ secondary is
    a MASH unit, with Ronald Darby lost for the season, Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones
    out with injury, and all told missing their top five or six defensive backs.
    Suffice to say, being forced to (potentially) match back-up wide receivers on
    Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Corey Coleman and Saquon Barkley is less
    than ideal. Oh, and linebacker Jordan Hicks suffered a calf injury last week,
    which makes the prospects of covering Barkley and (when the Giants finally take
    him out of bubble wrap in the 4th quarter) Evan Engram even more daunting.On the
    offensive side of the ball, the Eagles added Golden Tate, and RB Josh Adams is
    rounding back into his playmaking ways from Notre Dame — But offensive linemen
    Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, and Lane Johnson have all been battling injury. The
    Giants might not have a better team than Philly, but with injury being the great
    equalizer, that might just be the case this Sunday. The best starters in the
    league can’t help if they’re hurt. Of course, that only matters if the Giants
    can exploit the match-ups with hurt starters and injured back-ups. They could be
    looking at a secondary which resembles the fourth quarter of the fourth
    pre-season game, but they have to attack them for it to matter. And
    unfortunately, attacking vulnerable secondaries has not been a concentration for
    the Giants’ offense. I still can’t bring myself to express true faith in this
    Giants team. Final score: Eagles 23, Giants 20Season record: 4-6Dan PizzutaBBV
    Radio There are a lot of numbers that indicate the Giants should at least have a
    chance in this game — and might even be the better team. By DVOA, the Giants
    rank 21st overall while the Eagles are 23rd. That’s not a meaningful difference
    and is mostly triggered by a big difference on special teams — 11th for the
    Giants opposed to 22nd for the Eagles.On offense, the Giants should be able to
    take advantage of big plays, especially through the air. The Giants are fifth in
    big play rate on offense, while the Eagles are 32nd in big play rate allowed on
    defense. Philadelphia is down five cornerbacks, so the Giants should be able to
    have their way in the passing game all afternoon. But that also should have been
    the case against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, but the Giants didn’t take
    advantage of a bad secondary, kept with minimal gains on the ground, and
    eventually let the Buccaneers back in the game. I worry just because the Giants
    won the wrong lessons were taken from that strategy.When the Eagles have the
    ball, the Giants need to get pressure but they haven’t been able to do that
    consistently. With a clean pocket this
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    , Carson Wentz has completed 73.5 percent of his passes for
    7.9 yards per attempt. On plays when he’s hit, that drops to a 43.8 percent
    completion percentage and 5.9 yards per attempt.The path to victory is there and
    it’s realistic on both sides of the ball, I just still don’t trust this team to
    get everything to click at the same time.Final score: Eagles 30, Giants 24Season
    record: 7-3Patricia TrainaI’ve said before that I won’t pick the Giants to win a
    game until they give me a reason to pick them.By that I meant I needed to see
    consistency from all three phases of the ball, I needed to see a pulse, and I
    needed to see some smarter game planing.The Giants have shown me all that and
    then some, specifically a newfound energy that I don’t recall seeing from this
    team since 2016. I don’t necessarily think the Giants are going to grab a
    postseason berth as I’m not so sure they can overcome their 1-7 record from the
    first half of the season, but I do think the arrow is trending in the right
    direction.Now with that said, people keep pointing out to me that the Giants
    beat two bad teams (the 49ers and the Bucs). I get that—those two teams have a
    combined five wins. But those two teams also get a paycheck and are expected to
    go all in, and in the end, it comes down to who wants it more.Lately, the Giants
    have wanted it more. And I believe they really want this one coming up against
    an Eagles team that has really had their number for years now. How sweet would
    it look if the Giants can jump ahead of the defending Super Bowl champions in
    the division standings? Very.Given the Eagles’ injury issues in their defensive
    secondary; that the Giants interior offensive line is a lot better equipped (I
    hope ) to handle Fletcher Cox, who last time destroyed the Giants offensive line
    all by his lonesome; and that Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen came up
    with a blueprint on how to limit Carson Wentz and tight end Zach Ertz, I think
    the stars are aligning in the Giants favor this week. As for me, I wanted a
    reason to pick the Giants in a game and they delivered. So I’m going to hold up
    my end of the bargain.Final score: Giants 31, Eagles 21Season record: 3-7Joe
    DeLeoneThe Giants are on winning streak, and so am I. Let’s see if the G-Men and
    I can both stay hot this week.Philadelphia has fallen apart since they last
    dismantled the Giants on Thursday Night Football. Major injuries have hindered
    their Super Bowl repeat attempt. Now the Giants have the perfect chance to get
    back at the Eagles. This game will be a tight one, but you should expect Saquon
    to have his second straight 100 yard rushing day. Their offensive success is
    dependent on their ability to finish in the red zone, which they did an abysmal
    job of in their previous encounter.The Eagles are too banged up and too
    inconsistent to go perfect in the season series. The Giants will squeak out a
    nail-biter to move to 4-7 on the season.Final score: Giants 17, Eagles 10Season
    record: 5-5Kevin HaswellWhile the Eagles and Giants are trending in opposite
    directions, I think both teams revert back to their respective means. I give the
    Eagles an edge with this game being played at Lincoln Financial Field. I know
    this pick is going to come back and bite me and the Giants will prove me wrong
    but I’m going with the Eagles in a close one, decided in the final minutes.
    Final score: Eagles 24, Giants 21Season record: 5-4Mark SchofieldTwo teams that
    are totally moving in different directions meet at Lincoln Financial Field on
    Sunday. With the Philadelphia Eagles seemingly entrenched in free fall mode, the
    timing is perfect for the Giants to keep their win streak alive while perhaps
    closing the window on any playoff hopes their bitter rivals might still cling
    to.A week ago Drew Brees threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns against this
    Eagles’ secondary that has been battered by injuries. While one might not expect
    Eli Manning and company to duplicate such numbers, the New York offense seems to
    be discovering something of an identity, making this a perfect time to go up
    against a defense that is so beaten up by injuries wide receivers have been
    playing in the secondary during practice. With a chance to execute their game
    plan against a third-straight pass defense that is struggling, the Giants are in
    great position to pull out a win.Which they’ll do.Final score: Giants 24, Eagles
    14Season record: 5-5Ed ValentineDuring a recent episode of the ‘Valentine’s
    Views’ podcast I said that I felt like the Giants have a chance to win this one,
    I just can’t pick them to do it.There are plenty of reasons to think the Giants
    have a chance here. They have won two in a row and averaged 32.5 points in those
    victories. The Eagles have lost two in a row and players are questioning each
    other. The Eagles’ secondary is an injury-ravaged mess. The Eagles’ defense has
    given up 344 rushing yards the past two weeks, and the Giants have that Saquon
    Barkley guy. He’s not bad.Still, it seems like every time I think the Giants are
    ready to turn a corner in a big game and I pick them to win, I end up with egg
    on my face. I really do believe the Giants will give the Eagles a run for their
    money here. I really do believe there is a path for them to win the game, and
    wouldn’t be shocked if they pull it off.There is just no way I am picking the
    Giants to win the game. Final score: Eagles 34, Giants 30Season record: 5-5 EAST
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    , N.J. — The New York Giants are on a winning streak!
    The Giants routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 38-35, on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
    The Giants have won two straight and are now 3-7. The victory was their first of
    the season at MetLife Stadium in five tries.The Giants finally sealed a wild
    game when B.W. Webb intercepted a deep pass by Jameis Winston with 13 seconds to
    play, the Giants’ fourth interception of the game. The Bucs had scored
    touchdowns on their four previous possessions since Winston replaced starting
    quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.Coach Pat Shurmur said the nail-biting victory was
    “hard on the heart.”The Giants got the four turnovers, including a Pick 6 from
    linebacker Alec Ogletree, and a fourth-down stop.“Four turnovers is outta sight,
    plus a stop on fourth down, which is essentially a turnover,” Shurmur said.
    “That was awesome.”At 3-7, the Giants are now only 3 games out of first place in
    the NFC East after the Redskins lost to the Houston Texans, 23-21. The Redskins
    also lost their starting quarterback when Alex Smith was carted off with an
    ankle injury.“Crazy, isn’t it?” asked Shurmur. “That’s what I said through the
    first eight weeks. You just gotta keep playing. You never know.”Eli Manning
    completed his first 11 passes and finished 17-of-18 for 231 yards and 2
    touchdowns. Manning’s passer rating of 155.2 was his best since he went 19-of-26
    for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 21, 2009
    as the Giants won, 45-12.“I think there is some excitement going around,”
    Manning said. “It is good. It is a good feeling to have in the locker room and
    you see some growth, You see the improvement. You see guys getting familiar with
    their spots and what they are doing.”The 38 points the Giants scored were their
    most since a 52-49 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 8 of the 2015
    season.Saquon Barkley had his best rushing game as a pro and his ninth 100-yard
    game from scrimmage in 10 NFL games. He rushed 27 times for 142 yards and two
    touchdowns, and caught two passes for 10 yards and another score.Odell Beckham
    Jr. caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown.The Buccaneers ended up with
    510 total yards of offense, but the turnovers and the fourth-down stop proved to
    be enough to help the Giants win a shootout with Tampa Bay.“This was our first
    victory in front of the home crowd,” Shurmur said. “We were thrilled we were
    able to do that. It’s too damn late in the year for it to be the first one ...
    I’m just glad that they (fans) were able to watch a victory.”Moments that
    matteredTwo quick scores: The Giants scored on their first two possessions. They
    went 63 yards in 6 plays for a touchdown on their opening possession, with the
    score coming on a 6-yard pass from Manning to Barkley.The Giants took their
    first two-score lead of the season on their second possession, going 95 yards in
    12 plays (6:36) with Saquon Barkley going 5 yards for the touchdown. That gave
    the Giants a 14-0 lead with 13:37 left in the half, their biggest lead of the
    season.The Bucs scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line when Fitzpatrick
    scrambled in to make it 14-7.Fourth-down stop: After the Giants’ opening score,
    Tampa Bay drove to the Giants’ 5-yard line before Fitzpatrick was stopped on
    fourth-and-1.Michael Thomas bails out OV: The Giants missed a scoring
    opportunity late in the first half when a drive stalled at the Tampa Bay 37-yard
    line after Manning and Barkley missed connections on a third-and-2 wheel route
    with Barkley unable to haul in a throw that was behind him.The Bucs got a break
    when a third-and-10 roughing the passer penalty on Olivier Vernon gave the Bucs
    a first down at their 49. Vernon then committed neutral zone infractions on
    back-to-back plays, pushing the ball to the Giants’ 41-yard line and giving the
    Bucs an opportunity to tie the game before halftime. Michael Thomas intercepted
    a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass intended for O.J. Howard at the Giants’ 13-yard line,
    though, ending the threat with 30 seconds left in the half.A Pick 6: The Bucs
    got the ball to start the second half and Alec Ogletree gave the Giants a 21-7
    lead on the second play of the half. He picked off a Fitzpatrick pass for DeSean
    Jackson that Janoris Jenkins batted into the air, returning it 15 yards for a
    touchdown just 37 seconds into the half.FitzMagic fizzles: Fitzpatrick got
    replaced by Jameis Winston late in the third quarter with the Giants ahead 24-7.
    Fitzpatrick finished 13-of-21 for 167 yards and three interceptions, which came
    on the final three possessions he played.Winston led the Bucs on four straight
    touchdown drives, and this was a 38-35 game in favor of the Giants with 2:22 to
    play.The Giants answer: Needing to do something to stem the Buccaneers’ momentum
    after the Bucs got within 31-28 with 5:11 to play, the Giants’ offense answered.
    A 54-yard pass from Manning to Evan Engram put the ball at the Tampa Bay 11-yard
    line. Three straight handoffs to Barkley, the last a 2-yard touchdown run, gave
    the Giants a 38-28 lead with 3:52 to play.Injury newsGiants’ defensive end Kerry
    Wynn left the game in the third quarter after suffering a concussion.What’s
    next?The Giants go down the road to Lincoln Financial Field to face the
    Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday. The Eagles defeated the Giants 34-13 in a Week
    6 game at MetLife Stadium.