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New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Preview, prediction, statistics to know for ‘Thursday Night Football’
The NFC East, right now, is the worst division in football. None of the division’s four teams are above .500 as of this writing, as Washington is sitting in first place with a 2-2 record. All four teams have a negative point differential, and none of them has a unit ranked in the top 10 in efficiency on either side of the ball.
On Thursday night, two of those four teams will battle it out to see if they can at least salvage the early part of their season.
The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles are just 2-3 heading into their showdown with the New York Giants, and they’re only 1-2 since getting star quarterback Carson Wentz back on the field. The team’s defense has fallen off significantly from a year ago, and the offense has been dealing with a spate of injuries. New York’s defense has been even worse than Philly’s and while the offense has not dealt with a ton of injuries, it has not exactly experienced much in the way of success, either.
Can the Eagles right the ship and propel themselves back into the playoff picture? Can the Giants save their season from falling over the edge? We’ll find out Thursday night. Here’s what to look out for.
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When the Giants have the ball
This offseason, the Giants made a big, bold move to improve their offense. Picking No. 2 overall in the NFL Draft, the Giants chose to pass on a quarterback who could become the successor to Eli Manning and instead selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, reasoning that Barkley’s spectacular talent would be enough to lift the play of everyone around him. General manager Dave Gettleman mocked analytics and those who believe that running backs are not valuable enough players to be picked at No. 2 overall, and the Giants exuded confidence that Barkley would transform their team.
To Barkley’s credit, he has been every bit as good as the Giants envisioned. Through five games, Barkley has racked up 308 yards on the ground and 274 through the air. That makes him one of just four players in the league with at least 300 rushing yards and at least 200 receiving yards this season. He’s also the first player in NFL history to reach those marks within the first five games of his career. Much of Barkley’s production, though, has come via big plays as opposed to consistent gains. In other words, Barkley has been gobbled up near the line of scrimmage fairly often, but he’s boosted his overall numbers with explosive gains.
Indeed, Barkley has six runs of 15 yards or more already this season, including a 68-yard touchdown on opening day. But he’s also gained two or fewer yards on 43 of his 71 carries. As such, his success rate of 38 percent ranks 31st among the 38 players with at least 40 rushes this season, per Football Outsiders. Additionally, because Barkley’s 274 receiving yards have come on 31 catches, he has not been quite as valuable a receiving back as one might initially believe. That 8.84 yards per reception figure ranks 12th among players with at least 10 catches so far this season, for example.
But even if Barkley has not been quite as extraordinary as he might appear on first glance, he has still been quite good. More concerning for the Giants is that he appears to have had little or no effect on the overall quality of the team’s offense. The Giants clearly expected him to be a rising tide that lifted all boats, and that simply has not happened. The New York offense is nearly as inept this year as it has been for the last two. The Giants rank 25th in yards per game this season and 23rd in points per game. They have 10 offensive touchdowns in five games — a figure that exceeds only five teams, one of which has played only four games.