Here are the reasons why the Giants will upset the Eagles on Sunday:
?They've found a quarterback to rally around, and it's been a while since they've had that.
?The offensive line can breathe easier now that it's freed from that ugly finger-pointing about whose fault it is that the team leads the league in sacks allowed.
?They're still steamed about the whipping the Eagles put on them in Philly in the opener.
?The Eagles can become the first team to clinch a division title by winning this game, and the Giants would love to keep them from doing it.
?The Giants always play the Eagles tough in the Meadowlands.
Last one first: In 2003 the Eagles reached the NFC title game and the Giants finished 4--12, but when they met on Oct. 19, New York strangled Philly's offense, limiting it to 134 yards. The Giants held a 10--7 lead late in the fourth quarter and had the ball in Philly territory. All they had to do was run the clock and then pin the Eagles back with a good punt.
Instead the punt took a weird bounce and stayed in the field of play, and Brian Westbrook returned it 84 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 left.
Eli Manning's debut as the Giants' starting quarterback against the Falcons on Sunday may have been an L on the scoreboard, but it was a triumph if you look at the big picture. He got sacked on his fourth snap, but that was the only time the Falcons got him. And this was against a defense that came into the game second in the NFL in sacks.
New York's linemen knew that if they held their blocks for a reasonable amount of time, Manning would get the pass off. And the passes Manning threw on Sunday had more velocity than the receivers were used to, which might be why a few of them were dropped.