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Asante Samuel and DeSean Jackson questionable for huge NFC East tilt

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For some reason, Sunday’s Giants-Eagles game hasn’t received the sort of attention you’d expect of such a big Week 15 matchup.

Perhaps it’s because there are three other huge 1PM games: Jags-Colts, Chiefs-Rams, and Ravens-Saints.  Perhaps it’s because Mike Shanahan is sucking up all the NFC East oxygen.

Both teams are dealing with injury problems, but the news is looking up in Philadelphia.  Cornerback Asante Samuel, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and tackle Winston Justice are all questionable for the game.  Justice’s status is a mystery, but Jackson looks sure to play and signs are pointing up for Samuel.

The rest of Philly’s defense needs to be at their best against a peaking Giants rushing attack.  Jamar Chaney will make his first start for the Eagles at middle linebacker for Stewart Bradley and Philadelphia’s rush defense was already struggling.

For New York, tackle Shawn Andrews (back), linebacker Michael Boley (shoulder), center Shaun O’Hara (foot), and wideout Devin Thomas (hamstring) are all questionable after being limited in practice.

Michael Vick was slowed down by the Giants’ defense last time around, in part because of safety Antrel Rolle.  Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger takes a good look at how New York Rolle was deployed in the first matchup.

While there have been a couple of shaky moments, Rolle has been a big addition to the Giants defense.  Coordinator Perry Fewell deserves a lot of credit for his creative use of the safety.

Rolle is one reason we’re looking forward to this game so much.  The Eagles will almost surely win the NFC East if they can sweep New York.  (It would be their sixth straight win over Big Blue.)

The Giants would have the edge in the division with a victory, but a difficult game against the Packers looms in Week 16.

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23 Responses to “Asante Samuel and DeSean Jackson questionable for huge NFC East tilt”
  1. cav2ya says: Dec 17, 2010 5:15 PM

    You guys are a bunch of Ass Clowns.

    you say “The Eagles will almost surely win the NFC East if they can sweep New York. ” and yet, yesterday you tell us that the giants win the division if they win… a bit of a double standard eh?

    esp since the Eagles are 1/2 a game up on the Giants.
    Where’d you learn math?

  2. gcsuk says: Dec 17, 2010 5:27 PM

    Sorry, cav2ya, but the Giants and Eagles are tied. The Eagles currently own the tiebreaker. But if the Giants win, they would be a game up on the Eagles, and I think would have the tiebreaker with the better conference record (don’t quote me on that).

    If the eagles win, the race is, for all intents and purposes, over. I don’t see ANY scenario where the Giants will win and the Eagles lose both of their last 2 to change the outcome.

    Does anyone really believe that either Samuel or Jackson are going to miss this game?

  3. virginiaiggle says: Dec 17, 2010 5:27 PM

    I won’t even go into cav’s stupidity and failure to understand tiebreakers…

    But I will say this: This Giants rushing attack isn’t peaking. Minus Jacobs’ two big bursts for 90, he ran for something like 12 for 26. Not exactly awe-inspiring. And he isn’t Barry Sanders.

    PLUS-looking back at their rushing totals over the last 5 weeks or so, they ran well vs. the teams they should have run well against (in the bottom half of defensive rushing stats) and not so well against the top half.

    finally-w/o Eli’s 22 yards rushing in the first Eagles” matchup, the Giants ran for…wait for it…39 yards. Oops.

    More like the Eagles’ run defense is peaking. Check the stats.

  4. fetchezlavache says: Dec 17, 2010 5:30 PM

    Sometimes I think you guys just make stuff up to fit your narrative. You say that Philadelphia’s rush defense is struggling. But they are 10th in the league in yards allowed and tied for 11th in yards per attempt with four other teams. Now the Giants are better as a rush defense at 4th in yards allowed and tied for 9th in yards per attempt. But since the differential in yards per attempt is 0.1, there’s not a huge difference. But the story here is about Bradley being hurt, so facts be damned. The real story about the Eagles defense has been the pass defense where they are 17th in yards per game. The question to be asked is whether Asante (healthly or not) can make a difference in their pass defense.

  5. drexelvol says: Dec 17, 2010 5:32 PM

    @cav2ya – The Eagles are not a half game up on the giants. They have the same record (9-4), but the Eagles are ahead in standings because of the first win against the ants.

    Where’d you learn math?

  6. nzyme says: Dec 17, 2010 5:34 PM

    Giants fan here….They’ll both play! Guaranteed!!!

  7. sfsaintsfan says: Dec 17, 2010 5:55 PM

    This is a huge game for the Eagles.

    I believe if the Giants beat the Eagles, lose to Green Bay and beat Washington, the Giants win the East. And if that happens……

    and
    If Philadelphia loses to the Giants but beats Minnesota and Dallas. (very likely)

    and
    If the Saints beat Atlanta and Baltimore they are assured of the #5 seed (assuming Atlanta beats the Seahawks) and can lay down to the Bucs in week 17. (very possible)

    and
    If Tampa beats Detroit and Seattle, they can take the lay down given to them by the Saints in week 17 and take…….the #6 seed (very likely) and Philadelphia at 11-5 would miss the playoffs entirely. (possible)

  8. janvanflac says: Dec 17, 2010 6:15 PM

    other than a bad game at Chicago, the Eagles have held some of the best RBs in the NFL in check. The Giants certainly weren’t able to run on them last time they played (granted they were missing 2 O-linemen) and neither was Dallas last week.

    If they have any weakness it’s pass defense but Eli has been playing like crap and all of his WRs are hurt.

    It should be a great game and will probably go down to the wire.

  9. promin1 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:34 PM

    @virginiaiggle….ahh I love the logic of a retard. “Minus Jacobs’ two big bursts for 90, he ran for something like 12 for 26. Not exactly awe-inspiring. And he isn’t Barry Sanders.”
    I love when people minus things out for their own retarded argument. Lets do this. Minus the Eagles 9 wins and they are 0-13. Your an idiot.

  10. rick1922 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:48 PM

    DJ .will play just dos;nt like to practice needs new contract can’t get hurt it’s.[ ONLY PRACTICE]

  11. cobrala says: Dec 17, 2010 8:23 PM

    Don’t worry VAiggle: I tried to ggive Gregg some stats on the eaggles rush D but he wouldn’t ok my post.

  12. touchdownroddywhite says: Dec 17, 2010 9:50 PM

    promin – You’re completely missing the point. The likelihood of him having 2 rushes totaling 90 yards to pad his stats every game is slim to none. The point was that 90% of his yards came on 14% of his touches. Meaning the majority of his touches are garbage until he busts out the occasional big gainer.

    If he had 110 yards on 14 carries with a long run of 20, for example, that would be much more impressive.

  13. bigbluefan1 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:07 PM

    Here is a stat for you Andy Reid can not handle the big game pressure
    TC can
    Here is another stat Eli has a Super Bowl MVP
    Vick has prison tats

    We all know deshawn is going deep so we rough him up at the line and he is out of the play
    knock him around a bit and he will be gun shy the rest of the game as he is the newest of the NFL Diva’s
    Vick was knocked out by the deadskins so I think if the Giants D trys they can have the cart on the field to cart him off to the hospital

    Its the 14th game for the giants and the are 6-7 when it comes to knocking out QBs Vick will run he will be running for his life.
    The only thing Vick has going for him is the Giants wear blue and he has been running from men in blue his whole life.

    Everyone keep talking about my Giants I like it that way if we lose oh well I still have the memories of 3 Super Bowls with more on the way.
    And if any of you want to be honest with yourselfs no one will stop brady on the march to the big game

  14. gcsuk says: Dec 17, 2010 11:53 PM

    I actually heard this on Sirius NFL Radio today:

    “The Giants won’t win because Eli can’t beat the Eagles. His record is 6-9 against them, and he has lost the last 5.”

    Genius, pure genius. First of all, Eli doesn’t play Defense, and secondly, (correct me if I’m wrong), if the Giants have won 6 of the last 15 (with Eli playing), then I guess they ARE capable of beating the Eagles. They might, they might not, but it technically IS possible.

    I thought all the stupid comments were on this website. Guess I was wrong.

  15. macjacmccoy says: Dec 18, 2010 12:11 AM

    I dont get the struggling rush defense part they have had 4 bad games at stopping the run other then that they have shut down the leagues best rushers.

    Ryan Grant n Brandon Jackson did nothing
    MJD did nothing
    Gore did nothing
    Turner did nothing
    CJ did nothing
    D Brown did nothing
    Bradshaw n Jacobs did worse then everybody
    Forte did nothing
    F Jones did nothing

    Only Arian Foster, Javid Best, and the Redskins running backs in both games had good games against the Eagles defense running the ball

  16. joebuckiscreepy says: Dec 18, 2010 1:12 AM

    hey bigbluefan: was patton oswalt’s character in “BIG FAN” based on you? i’m actually being serious….

  17. packeranddarien says: Dec 18, 2010 6:29 AM

    #
    gcsuk says: Dec 17, 2010 11:53 PM

    I actually heard this on Sirius NFL Radio today:

    “The Giants won’t win because Eli can’t beat the Eagles. His record is 6-9 against them, and he has lost the last 5.”

    Genius, pure genius. First of all, Eli doesn’t play Defense, and secondly, (correct me if I’m wrong), if the Giants have won 6 of the last 15 (with Eli playing), then I guess they ARE capable of beating the Eagles. They might, they might not, but it technically IS possible.

    I thought all the stupid comments were on this website. Guess I was wrong.

    Not entirely. Because you continue to post here.

    Typical for an idiot Gemen fan. Do you think it’s coincidence at all that since Plax has been locked up, Eli hasn’t won a game, home or away, vs. Philadelphia?

    Pretty simple to figure out: When Eli was in trouble or needed a big play, he’d just loft it up to a 6’6″ WR and let him make the play. More often than not, this worked.

    Now, he does not have that luxury.

    And it shows. Last year’s game at NY vs PHI not withstanding, even though statistically that game was one of his best of the year, the final score was misleading because NY was never close to winning that game to begin with.

    More importantly, Philadelphia clearly has exploited this and has exposed Eli for the player he really is.

    0-5 doesn’t lie. Bradshaw/Jacobs might get theirs ( likely). But your QB doesn’t have that 6’6 “eraser” in his pencil box to wipe away the DUMB mistakes he makes.

  18. strctlylo says: Dec 18, 2010 7:01 AM

    Giants will win the NFC east if they beat the eagles and win at washington. Assuming that the giants lose at green bay and dallas beats minnesota and dallas, the giants will win the east based on the 4th tiebreaker. they will have split the season, have the same win/loss percentage amongst the division, have the same win/loss percentage against common teams played, but the giants will have a better win/loss percentage against teams in the conference. GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. strctlylo says: Dec 18, 2010 7:12 AM

    meant philly beats minnesota and dallas. giants will be 9-3 vs philly being 8-4 in the conference

  20. gcsuk says: Dec 18, 2010 9:35 AM

    @packeranddarien
    You failed to see the point of my post (not that I am surprised). My point was (and I’ll type this R-E-A-L S-L-O-W) that the talking heads said that he CAN’T win because he CAN’T beat Philly.

    Now if he HAS beaten Philly in the past (and again, please realize that HE hasn’t beaten Philly – the Giants have beaten Philly), then he IS capable of beating Philly. It’s not like Andy Reid has pictures of Eli in compromising positions, and therefore Eli throws every game. He CAN beat them, but lately he has not.

    Did I say he WILL? No. Did I say he CAN? Yes, he can. It is POSSIBLE.

    Even as a Giants fan, I am trying to be objective about this.

  21. jayaredee says: Dec 18, 2010 11:02 AM

    Just googled NFL Tiebreakers. In order they are.

    1. Head to Head
    2. Division Record
    3. Common Games
    4. Conference Record
    5. Strength of Victory
    6. Strength of Schedule

    Don’t know yet how this effects the NFC East if the GIANTS win tomorrow and loose to the Packers the following week then beat the Redskins on the last week of the season. All these Tiebreakers will get looked at a lot “IF” the GIANTS win tomorrow. If the EAGLES win tomorrow the EAGLES are NFC EAST champs, because they would have to loose 2 Straight and the GIANTS would have to win 2 straight and thats not happening.

  22. packeranddarien says: Dec 19, 2010 10:35 AM

    Even as a Giants fan, I am trying to be objective about this.

    Sorry. That’s not possible.

    Look, you can launch yourself into a semantics tirade about this whole situation with “if he…can he …will he”. It’s all subjective. Except the facts. Which is this:

    The single most prevalent reason of why the Giants could lose today is the play of your QB. That’s not really a stretch of a statement, considering you could say that for any of the 32 teams in the league. But here’s the hook:

    The amount of turnovers that Eli Manning has committed ( 19 interceptions, 5 lost fumbles) is more than 18 teams in the NFL.

    BY. HIM. SELF.

    It started opening week vs Carolina and has continued through the season. He is having a terrible year protecting the football. That is a recipe for disaster going against a team that is No.2 in the league for turnovers (+15) and No.1 for interceptions (22), as well.

    Sorry, Corky. Elisha is a turnover MACHINE.

    Truth hurts.

  23. gcsuk says: Dec 19, 2010 2:34 PM

    Hey, packeranddarien:
    As much as I disagree with what you have to say (not disagreeing about Eli’s turnovers though…I’m disagreeing about the whole radio comment), I can appreciate the fact that your comments are (for the most part) well thought out. They aren’t just some dumbass comment from a homer fan.

    Still will never like the Eagles (or the Cowboys or Redskins for that matter), but I can respect a fan who knows how to make a point. Kudos to you.

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