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Coughlin: Manning Just Keeps Getting Better


The Eagles and Giants are two teams that know one another well, and despite the Cowboys serving as the paragon of rivalry for Philadelphia for as long as most can remember there's plenty of bad blood between the Birds and the G-Men as well.

But while the two teams just played one another in last year's season finale, a lot will be different this time around. The Eagles feature a new starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, and two top running backs who were not with the team last season, DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. In addition, the interior of Philadelphia's offensive line has changed as well.

When asked during a Wednesday conference call about the differences between this year's Eagles and last year's Eagles, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he thinks the team's offense is just as dangerous as it was last year.

"I didn't see much (difference) the other day when they had over 500 yards against New Orleans," he said. "That looked like they certainly made outstanding progress (from the weeks prior)."

For New York, quarterback Eli Manning is having his best season as a pro, having thrown for 1,417 yards with a 66.5 percent completion rate to go along with 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Coughlin has coached the veteran signal-caller in every season since he entered the league in 2004, and he thinks this is the best Manning has ever looked.

"For years and years and years, he's been literally the best-prepared guy that I've ever been around," he said. "He works very, very hard. He's very serious about his game. He's an outstanding leader, the players like him, the players listen to him. We've had some opportunities, we've had some very, very close games. He was able to make some plays down the stretch the other day to win it, which was very exciting, obviously playing at home, for our fans. In my opinion, he just keeps getting better."

To listen to the full conference call, click here or on the video player above.

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