The Giants signed free agent safeties Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant this past offseason. They also welcomed back Kenny Phillips from injury.
One of the biggest reasons for the overhaul at the safety position was DeSean Jackson.
Last year, Jackson had nine catches for 256 yards with three total touchdowns in the two games against the Giants. In the Sunday night shootout late in the season, Jackson had a career-high 178 receiving yards with one receiving touchdown and one punt return score.
In fact, Jackson has been money when the Eagles have been in the national spotlight. In the Eagles' last four primetime regular season games, Jackson has 18 catches for 407 yards and four total touchdowns. On Monday night against Washington, Jackson got the party started with an 88-yard touchdown reception on the game's first play.
"That's what I'm here for, to spark the team up and have big plays and bring a lot of energy to this team," Jackson said on Friday. "Saying that, that brings a lot up on my hands but that's been my role the whole time I've been here."
Despite the fact that the Eagles have had the Giants' number of late - four straight wins, including playoffs - Jackson knows that his team can't be overconfident, even after the 31-point win over Washington.
"We have to be ready to go play a hard, physical game and be ready to play for 60 minutes," Jackson said. "It'll be a tough battle, but we're ready for the challenge."
The big question now is whether Jackson will try to beat that new-look Giants secondary on the first play?
"I don't know if it'll be the first play, but I've got something up my sleeve," Jackson said.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 7:30 p.m., November 19