Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Giants

Ross Houston
December 17, 2017

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) audibles at the line of scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. There is reason for optimism with the Eagles' new quarterback situation, but make no mistake, the focus will be on Nick Foles this week. Wentz leads the NFL with a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes and was one of the leading candidates to be voted the league's MVP when he went down. The G-Men will have to win five key matchups if they hope to give the Eagles their third loss of the season. They are more than capable of limiting or completely shutting down an opponent.

The Eagles have achieved 24 first downs this season off of the run; Carson Wentz is responsible for 13 of those first downs.

A lot of Philly's offense was relying on Carson Wentz to dodge rushers and create unique passing windows. They did not allow a sack, the only game this season in which the Eagles did not have at least two sacks. This should be a low-scoring game with the Eagles "D" coming up big. He'll take aim at a banged-up Giants secondary that might not include Landon Collins and the cornerback depth has taken hits over the past few weeks with no Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple's uncertain status. Add in Wentz accounting for seven of the team's nine first downs via the rush on fourth down due to his sneaking ability and the Eagles no longer have the safety net of Wentz's legs.

Now in his second stint with the Eagles, the question is which version of Foles are the Eagles getting this time around, and can they still reach the Super Bowl with a new signal caller? I expect Philadelphia to come out with a spirited effort, knowing other areas of the team have to pick up their play to compensate for Wentz's absence.

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