6 boxes for Philadelphia Eagles to check to beat New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Like any game, the Philadelphia Eagles will enter Sunday’s matchup against the Giants with a list of concrete objectives and broad focuses intended to help them earn a victory.
But as the Birds play their first contest since star quarterback Carson Wentz underwent surgery for a season-ending torn ACL, the tasks take on a different meaning. The Eagles (11-2) aren’t just aiming to beat the Giants (2-11) and reap the postseason benefits that come with that; they’re also trying to show the rest of the NFL — and themselves — how they can keep rolling without Wentz around.
Here’s a look at six boxes for the Eagles to check Sunday to secure a win and begin moving on from Wentz’s injury.
This is an evergreen objective, and it’s one that grows in importance as backup quarterback Nick Foles takes the reins of the offense. If the Eagles’ defense can make a game-altering play, if it turn momentum with a takeaway or two, perhaps Philadelphia won’t need it’s offense to be electrifying.
So far this year, the Eagles are 11-0 when they force a turnover on defense. They are 0-2 when they don’t.
It’s seems pretty simple: To help Foles settle in and replace the energy boost Wentz typically provided, the Eagles’ defense needs to take the ball away from the Giants.
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