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Giants fans: Team should rest starters vs. Eagles on Sunday

Majority of voters in our poll opt for rest over rivalry

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

It is sounding more and more like coach Brian Daboll is intending to rest as many key players as possible in Sunday’s season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

With the Giants locked in as the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs regardless of Sunday’s outcome, that is a decision Giants fans appear to agree with. In our poll earlier this week, 56 percent of those who voted said the Giants should rest starters.


How should Brian Daboll approach the Giants’ final regular season game in Philadelphia?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Play the starters and try to deny the Eagles the No. 1 seed and give it to the Cowboys
    (2459 votes)
  • 55%
    Rest the starters and (probably) hand the No. 1 seed to the Eagles
    (3084 votes)
5543 votes total Vote Now

Daboll said he would “do what’s best for the team” in his view.

“It’s only right if it works,” Daboll said. “So, if you do one thing and it doesn’t work, you do the other thing and something happens, you’re wrong no matter what. So, you just got to make a good decision based on information and the things you talk about with the people on your staff and make the decision that you think is right for your team. So, if you go out there and lay an egg, it’s the wrong decision. If you win, it’s the right decision.”

Let’s look at some of the comments.

Those who want Daboll to rest Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Azeez Ojulari and maybe a few others believe that the Giants’ regular-season work is done. That health matters most heading into Wild-Card Weekend.

There are some strong objections to the idea of resting players, mostly generated from hatred of the Eagles and the Tom Coughlin decision in 2007.

‘SB Nation Reacts’ polling

In this week’s ‘SB Nation Reacts’ polling, we asked three Giants-specific questions.

Ninety-four percent of ‘Reacts’ voters hope the Giants’ first-round playoff opponent is the Minnesota Vikings rather than the San Francisco 49ers.

Minnesota obtains the 3 seed with:

MIN loss
MIN tie + SF tie
SF win

San Francisco obtains the 3 seed with:

SF loss + MIN win/tie
SF tie + MIN win

Almost all Giants fans believe Joe Schoen’s first year as GM has been highly successful, with 68 percent giving him an ‘A’ grade and 38 percent giving him a ‘B.’

In the weekly confidence poll, 97 percent of voters are confident in the direction of the team, which has qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in New York Giants fans and fans across the country.
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