|Eagles at New York Giants
|Sun., Dec. 19, 1 PM, FOX, New Giants Stadium
The Eagles make their first trip to the "New" Giants Stadium which is only a deep DeSean Jackson touchdown away from the old facility.
It's a shame because the Eagles began to make Giants Stadium a home away from home in recent years. The Eagles have won the last four meetings against the Giants and three of them, including the Divisional Round matchup in 2008, were in North Jersey.
In the sweep of the Giants last season, the Eagles scored a combined 85 points in the two games. The Giants have attempted to fortify the defense by splurging on two free agent safeties in Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant - don't forget Kenny Phillips will be back too. And att linebacker, longtime Eagles nemesis Antonio Pierce is gone.
The one thing that both the Eagles and the Giants share in common - other than distaste for one another - is they each have a young, vibrant receiving corps. The Giants finally moved past Plaxico Burress with the breakout season that Steve Smith had in 2009 and the promising rookie campaign put together by Hakeem Nicks. Meanwhile, the offensive line that has protected quarterback Eli Manning so well is starting to get a little long in the tooth, especially at the offensive tackle spots.
But one thing is for sure, if the Giants open the new season and welcome in the new stadium with the same effort that ended the 2009 campaign, which saw its fans wallow in misery at the sight of back-to-back embarrassments at the hands of Carolina and Minnesota (a combined 85-16 in the two games), monumental changes will need to be made.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 7:19 p.m., July 11