Giants vs. Eagles: First look at Sunday's match-up

Chip Kelly - Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The 0-4 Giants host the 1-3 Eagles Sunday. Here is an early breakdown.

The New York Giants (0-4) host the 1-3 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, with the Giants desperately in need of a victory. The Giants have not started a non-strike season 0-5 since 1979. The Giants are actually favored by three points in the opening line, the first time all season the Giants have been a betting favorite.


Giants' Schedule

@ Dallas Sun 09/08 L 31 - 36
Denver Sun 09/15 L 23 - 41
@ Carolina Sun 09/22 L 0 - 38
@ Kansas City Sun 09/29 L 7 - 31


Eagles' Schedule

@ Washington Mon 09/09 W 33 - 27
San Diego Sun 09/15 L 30 - 33
Kansas City Thu 09/19 L 16 - 26
@ Denver Sun 09/29 L 20 - 52

"This is a 12-game season for us at this point, nothing that has taken place matters. The guys just have to believe again, we have to get that good feeling again as far as winning," Antrel Rolle said.

This will be the first time the Giants have faced the Eagles since Chip Kelly took over as coach there. The fast-paced Philadelphia defense will test the Giants' revamped defensive line, which includes former Eagles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson


Giants' Team Stats

Pts Yrds Pass Rush
Off 15.3 325.5 (23rd) 267.8 (10th) 57.8 (30th)
Def 36.5 384.3 (21st) 261.8 (19th) 122.5 (28th)


Eagles' Team Stats

Pts Yrds Pass Rush
Off 24.8 458.8 (2nd) 260.5 (11th) 198.3 (1st)
Def 34.5 446.8 (32nd) 325.0 (31st) 121.8 (26th)

The Giants will likely continue to be without center David Baas and guard Chris Snee. Snee, in fact, could be facing season-ending hip surgery. Injury reports for this week will begin coming out on Wednesday.

Eagles' fans are worried about their defense, which has surrendered 34.5 points per game and is last in the league in yards per game, allowing 446.8. If the giants, who have scored only seven points in their last two games, are ever going to get their struggling offense kick-started this might be the week.

Notes

Tom Coughlin is 10-10 vs. the Eagles in the regular season, 0-2 in the playoffs. ... The Giants are a pitiful 11-for-48 on third-down conversions (22.9 percent). ... The Giants are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for fewest sacks in the NFL this season with four. ... With 39 more throws Eli Manning will become the Giants' all-time leader in pass attempts, surpassing Phil Simms. ... Victor Cruz is six receptions away from 200 for his career.


NFC East Standings

W L T PF PA
Dallas 2 2 0 104 85
Philadelphia 1 3 0 99 138
Washington 1 3 0 91 112
New York Giants 0 4 0 61 146

(updated 9.30.2013 at 3:23 AM EDT)


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