Each week, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch will tell you the things he will be keeping his eyes on during that week's game. Here is how those things panned out yesterday:

1. The turnover battle: Turnovers did not figure into the outcome as neither the Eagles nor Giants had an interception or lost fumble. What really hurt the Giants were dropped passes, which - while not turnovers in the true sense of the word - were just as costly.

2. Giants' ground game: During the first meeting, the Giants' Brandon Jacobs led an attack that rushed for 219 yards and controlled the football for nearly 40 minutes. Yesterday, the Eagles' defense managed to clamp down on the run, and caught a break when Jacobs left the game with an injured left knee after just two carries in the third quarter. Overall, the Eagles held Jacobs & Co. to just 88 yards on 24 carries.

3. Third-down offense: The Eagles seem to be turning the corner in the third-down conversion department. They had a string of five games where they were 18-for-70 (25.7 percent) on third downs. But then they went 10-for-15 (66.7) in their Thanksgiving win over the Cardinals, and yesterday they were 12-for-18 (66.7).

4. Getting McNabb going: Donovan McNabb got off to a solid first-quarter start in which he competed four of six passes for 52 yards but failed to score points. In the second quarter, he went 7-for-12 for 52 yards, including a 12-yarder to L.J. Smith that set up Brian Westbrook's 30-yard touchdown run.

5. Akers' Meadowlands woes: David Akers has never done well at Giants Stadium, where the swirling winds seem to have a profound effect on him. Going into yesterday, he was 9-for-18 lifetime there and had converted just three from 35-plus yards. Yesterday, he kicked two field goals, including an impressive 51-yarder that gave the Eagles a 3-0 first-quarter lead. His two other attempts were blocked, including one at the end of the first half that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown that allowed the Giants back into what had been a 10-0 game.