What they're saying: Picking Eagles-Giants
Here's a roundup of who people are picking in Sunday's Eagles-Giants showdown.
Here's a roundup of who people are picking in Sunday's Eagles-Giants game:
SI.com's Peter King likes the Giants to beat the Eagles, 24-23:
Toughest game of the weekend to call. The difference, for me, is the quickness of the Giant front in dealing with Michael Vick. He's going to make eight or 10 big plays in this game; there's no doubt in my mind about it. But Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora can create a strong edge presence that few teams can, and Antrel Rolle plays the kind of hybrid linebacker-safety that can play tricks on a quarterback. On the other side of the ball, I say Tom Coughlin tries to play keepaway the way he learned under Bill Parcells. Coughlin was on the Giants' staff when Parcells played clockball to beat the Bills in the Super Bowl 19 years ago, and I think he'll try his run-dominating best to keep Vick to seven or eight possessions.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com has the Giants too, 21-17:
Though the Eagles continue to win, Michael Vick is taking beatings on a weekly basis. In Sunday's win at Dallas, the MVP candidate was sacked only twice, but was hit hard nearly a dozen times by Cowboys defenders and banged his thumb on the helmet of a Dallas pass rusher. The Giants are coming off a weird travel weekend that showed them the finest airports the Midwest has to offer and just six days rest. Tony Romo, Shaun Hill and Tarvaris Jackson haven't been able to escape the New York pass rush. Can Vick? Perhaps, but I like Big Blue to defend their home turf at New Meadowlands Stadium and take control of the NFC East lead.
ESPN.com's Bill Simmons has the Giants covering the 3-point spread:
Revenge game. And also … do you realize Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have rushed for 1,807 yards, 16 touchdowns and 5.3 yards per carry combined this season? If only we had been able to merge them into one fantasy guy -- Brahmad Bradcobs would have been the No. 1 pick.
Four of six FoxSports.com experts go with the Giants.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com predicts a 23-17 Giants victory:
This game will almost certainly decide the NFC East. The Eagles already beat the Giants, so if they win they have a two-game lead with two to go. The first time these two played the Giants got after Mike Vick with their pass rush. I expect more of that here. The Giants are also running the ball better than they did when they met last time, and that will factor. At home, the Giants take it.
Three of five CBSSports.com experts go with the Eagles.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com has the Giants in a 28-24 victory:
The winner will have the inside track to the NFC East crown. The loser may have to hold off the Bucs or the Packers for a spot in the six-team field. And if the Giants don't make the playoffs, it could be the end of the road for coach Tom Coughlin. We'd feel better about this pick if Tiki Barber would declare that the Giants are destined to lose. Hey, we've still got three days.
Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk.com says Giants 28, Eagles 24:
Just when the Giants start getting healthy, Eli Manning loses his most trustworthy wideout Steve Smith for the season. Luckily, this team is far more about running and defense this year. Philly's front seven can be pushed around on the ground and the Giants have the players to slow down Michael Vick.
Five of eight ESPN.com experts are going with the Giants.
Two of three Yahoo Sports experts pick the Giants. However, 58 percent of Yahoo Sports users like the Eagles.
According to BetUS.com, 70 percent of the action is on the Eagles to cover as 3-point underdogs.
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