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Defensively, there are a shocking number of hometown heroes. Three different teams – the Giants, Titans, and Chiefs – all rank top-10 in defensive DVOA at home and bottom-10 in defensive DVOA on the road. Of the three, New York sees the biggest dropoff, from 10th at home to 31st on the road. This is even more shocking when you remember the 40-0 throttling by Dallas to kick off the season was at home. Indianapolis is the lone road warrior. The Colts are the sixth-best defense on the road, taking care of business against Baltimore, Jacksonville, and New England (during the Germany game). At home, though, they rank 22nd in DVOA.

Which Giants could Joe Schoen cut to create salary cap space for 2024 free agency? |
Since the Giants are 5-9 with three games left — and almost certainly won’t make the playoffs — let’s take a look ahead to next offseason.

One big question for general manager Joe Schoen: How will he manage his salary cap situation as he prepares for free agency?

Sterling Shepard is trying to enjoy his likely Giants ending | New York Post

“It’s tough man, it’s not the ideal situation for me at this point in my career,’’ Shepard said. “You just got to find the blessing in it all and that’s what I try to do every day, try to look at the positives. I’ve had to overcome a lot to still be in this position. If I do call it quits at least I can say I went out on my own terms.’’

Adoree' Jackson made 'right decision' for Giants over Eagles | New York Post
Nearly three seasons later, does he wish he had a do-over that could have led to more frequent winning with the Eagles (33-15) than he has experienced with the Giants (18-29-1)?

“I think I made the right decision,” Jackson told The Post. “It’s never been about the money. It’s about where you feel comfortable and where you feel at home. I didn’t go down there so I couldn’t tell what it was like, but it just felt good here. That’s where my heart was after I prayed about it.”

Giants legends Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin team up to help families fighting cancer | The Athletic
Manning and Coughlin didn’t spend much time together away from football during their careers. But their relationship has evolved in retirement. They stay in touch through phone calls and text messages, although Coughlin took a jab that Manning is “too busy” to stay in contact.

Manning said he always has time for Coughlin, but joked about how the dynamics have changed with his famously punctual coach. |I don’t have to be five minutes early anymore,” Manning said. “He can’t fine me anymore. He tries. He’s like, ‘You were late today. You owe the Jay Fund $1,000.’”

Giants' offensive linemen refuse to underestimate Eagles’ defensive line
Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas smirked at the suggestion that the Eagles might not be as big of a threat amid a three-game losing streak.

Dabs' Digest: Weekly 1-on-1 with Coach Brian Daboll |

Q: You made a point last month of saying you wanted to get Jalin Hyatt more involved. He had the 109-yard game against New England. Last week, he didn't catch a pass. Is that a rookie thing?

Daboll: "It's not just a rookie thing. Sometimes that happens. But we've got to try to continue to bring him along and Wan'Dale (Robinson), keep bringing him along. Those guys are doing everything they can do to be ready to play."

Jason Kelce: John Michael Schmitz, Giants show respect for Eagles star
For Schmitz, getting to practice against Lawrence on a daily basis this summer was an NFL crash course. Getting the chance to be in the stadium with Kelce is another priceless opportunity.

“Honestly, he’s one of the greatest centers to ever do it,” Schmitz said. “The technique he uses, the leadership he has in that o-line room, that’s something you want to emulate and be like that one day. Props to him. He’s a hell of a player. I definitely looked up to him as a player when I was watching him as a kid, and I still do.”

Cade York: NY Giants kicker has chance at redemption in Philly return | The Record
Cade York's NFL career turned this summer in the preseason in Philadelphia. Now he'll get the chance to show if he has changed Monday with Giants.

2024 NFL draft quarterback rankings: Williams, Maye, Daniels - ESPN
Who are the best quarterbacks in the class? We updated our rankings of the best prospects, including multiple potential first-rounders.

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Eagles Injury Report: Cam Jurgens and Avonte Maddox fully practice, 5 players sit out | Bleeding Green Nation
WR DeVonta Smith is an unexpected addition to the injury report. He’s listed with a knee issue. Smith was previously listed on the report with a knee issue back in Week 13 but he was limited at the beginning of the week before being upgraded to full participation the next two days. We’ll see if Smith, who has never missed a game, makes progress over the coming days.

The Eagles offense isn’t broken. It’s just stale and desperately needs to evolve | The Athletic
The Eagles retained most of their elite offense from last season. They should be better this year. Instead, they've gotten worse. Why?

Matt Patricia praises Darius Slay for his help | Pro Football Talk
“Honestly, he’s helped me a lot. In the spring, just getting acclimated and just talking through, and honestly, he’s one of the guys I knew coming in the building. You know how it is when you go to a new place, and you are trying to learn people, you gravitate towards the ones you know. He’s out there with arms open and helped me fit in and feel comfortable. I’m really very grateful to him for that,” said Patricia.

From NFC Beasts to NFC Least: What’s gone wrong with the Cowboys and Eagles | FOX Sports
The problem is far more serious in Philadelphia, where the big picture shows that Hurts hasn't looked quite right all season long. His numbers are fine and he's on pace for career highs in receiving yards (3,335), touchdown passes (19) and has already topped his career high with 14 rushing touchdowns.

Unfortunately, he's also got a career-high in turnovers. He's thrown 12 interceptions — double the six he had last season. And he's turned the ball over 17 times overall, just two fewer than he did in 2021 and 2022 combined.

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