Originally written September 28, 2012 on Giants Kickoff:
TweetWeek 4 has the (2-1) New York Giants facing the (2-1) Philadelphia Eagles in a tough NFC East battle on Sunday Night football. This is not a gimme game for the Giants despite the Eagles woes in their last game. In my opinion Philly has been an over hyped team with big names and no substance but they do come up big when they play the Giants. The Eagles could very easily be 0-3 instead they find themselves 2-1 despite playing horrible mistake filled football 3 straight weeks. The bigger problem isn't even Philadelphia but the New York Giants who tend to play down to their competition, last week was one of the few times where they got a lead, built on it and finished without any drama. But lets not forget in 2010 the GMEN destroyed the Seattle Seahawks 41-7 but that was the only easy game they had. For the most part they made every game close for the rest of 2010 and 2011 and lost some very winnable games. I believe the Giants are the better team, they have the better QB and overall offense. I also believe the Eagles are overrated especially on defense. Their shutdown corners aren't so automatic and Eli Manning has dismantled the notion that you cannot throw to Nnamdi Asomugha's side of the field. My only concern is the team having too much confidence and playing down to the level of the Eagles. They are resilient and if given the opportunity they have shown the ability to pull out close games. Both week 1 and 2 they won by just 1 point. Michael Vick needs to be controlled, the Giants have the defense to do it. I have said it for years, Vick is one of the most over hyped QB's in the history of the game. Of course he has had his moments, he is a great athlete but that does not equate to being a great quarterback. New York needs to apply pressure early and often but always keep a player shadowing him in order to contain his runs. Any time this man feels pressure he will first try to run or resort to chucking up the football which in turn provides INT possibilities The New York Giants have a great opportunity to go 3-1 but they need not beat themselves. Ahmad Bradshaw seems ready to play, Hakeem Nicks is still in the air but his backup Ramses Barden has displayed the ability to pick up the slack. The GMEN have the 3rd best overall offensive team and the second best passing attack in the NFL. Their running game has improved with the discovery of Andre Brown. The Eagles are a beatable team but lets not forget this is an NFC East match-up which is never easy nor a gimme.
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