Mathias Kiwanuka will be a key player for the New York Giants Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The New York Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night at MetLife Stadium (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) with a chance to pretty much end any thought that Philly might be able to put together a playoff run. More importantly, they have a chance to get to 7-3 and maintain the lead in the NFC East over the Dallas Cowboys.
Here is this week's look at 'Five Things To Watch' during Sunday night's game.
1. The Giants Linebackers: With Michael Boley not playing, who will play? Mathias Kiwanuka will likely be there almost every snap, but who joins him? Do the Giants go nickel almost exclusively, using Jacquian Williams and Deon Grant? Do we see Mark Herzlich take some snaps away from Greg Jones in the base defense? Does the loss of Boley mean no snaps at defensive end for Kiwanuka?
2. How Will The Giants Use Prince Amukamara? It seems almost a certainty at this point that the Giants' first-round pick will make his season debut on Sunday. Will he just play special teams? Will he jump past Michael Coe as the third cornerback? Will he look like he knows what he is doing if and when he does get a chance?
3. Can The Giants Defend The Middle Of The Field? They could not do that against the San Francisco 49ers, who exposed the Giants pass defense by consistenly hitting medium-range routes in the middle of the field between the linebackers and safeties. Can the Giants fix that, especially with a re-arranged group of young linebackers?
4. What Will Vince Young's Impact Be? Young will apparently take over at quarterback for Michael Vick on Sunday. No way to tell how that will impact the game.
5. Will Beatty Vs. Trent Cole: The Giants young left tackle did a good job on the Eagles best pass-rusher the first time time teams met. Can he do it again?