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Season Preview: Black Monday


The 2015 schedule for the Philadelphia Eagles has been announced. The schedule features six nationally televised games and a second consecutive Thanksgiving Day game ...

The Eagles' rivalry with the Giants has produced its fair share of spectacular moments. From any of the three Miracles at the Meadowlands to The Hit to Black Sunday, the Eagles and Giants have created games for the ages whenever they meet. What will this NFC East matchup have in store for us?

Well, we'll find out in front of a national audience as the stage is set for Monday Night Football at the Eagles' Nest. Of course, the last time the Giants came to Philadelphia for a primetime game, the Eagles shut out the Giants 27-0 on Black Sunday.

The Giants are coming off of back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since Eli Manning

was drafted in 2004. Their 2014 record of 6-10 was salvaged by a three-game winning streak in the last quarter of the season. After starting 3-2, the Giants dropped seven games in a row, and while outsiders may be quick to point the finger of blame at the quarterback position, that wasn't the case. In fact, Manning had one of his best seasons in 2014, completing a career-high 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,410 yards and 30 touchdowns (compared to just 14 interceptions).

Manning played most of 2014 without Victor Cruz, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Eagles in that Black Sunday affair, but luckily for Eli, he had a new receiver at his disposal who had one of the best rookie seasons in recent memory.

Earlier this offseason, Chip Kelly explained that he thought Odell Beckham Jr. was the best player in the 2014 NFL Draft. Not just best wide receiver, best player period. And he may have been right. The 12th overall pick, Beckham played in just 12 games due to a hamstring injury, but once he got on the field, he was almost unstoppable. The LSU product caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. His one-handed grab against the Cowboys in late November has been immortalized, and his 12-catch, 185-yard game against the Eagles in the regular season finale proved to be his best game to date. How do the Eagles slow down Beckham in 2015? We'll have to wait and see, but the speedy receiver will most likely see a lot of Byron Maxwell.

The Giants have lost a couple of defensive pieces. Safety Antrel Rolle has been a fixture in the Giants' secondary, playing all 16 games in each of his five seasons in New York. Free agency moved Rolle to Chicago, leaving a hole. The Giants also lost defensive back Walter Thurmond to free agency and are likely to see him line up against them when they play the Eagles this season. Thurmond transitioned from cornerback to safety this spring and is in the mix to start opposite Malcolm Jenkins. !

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