Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/3/13
On Sunday, the New York Giants (0-4) will host the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) at MetLife Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00pm and the game will be televised on FOX. The Eagles versus Giants rivalry is one that dates all the way back to 1933. The two teams have had bad blood between them ever since. The Eagles have had the Giants number in the past couple of years, winning 4 out of their last 6 meetings. Both teams have gotten off to shaky a start, which is surprising, given the expectations that were held for each team entering training camp. The NFC East is usually one of the most competitive divisions. This year, all four NFC East teams are proving to present easy matchups to the opposition. Labeling Sunday’s game as a must-win game may be an exaggeration when discussing the necessity for the Giants or Eagles to come out with a win. However, losing another game, especially for the Giants, is going to put playoff hopes on the burner. Issues have been prominent for the Giants on both the offense and defense. Hence, their winless record. The offensive line has had difficulties protecting Eli Manning, which has led to turnovers in the red zone, and a lack of a solid running game does not help. A defense that no longer has pro bowl defensive end, Osi Umenyiora, is struggling to stop the run as well. The Eagles’ offense has been both good and bad at times. They seem to have no problem driving down the field, racking up yardage both on the ground and through the air, but once they are close to the goal line, all else fails. LeSean McCoy may be the league’s leading rusher, and Chip Kelly’s offense may look the part and accumulate the numbers to prove it is effective, but if touchdowns aren’t being produced, especially in the red zone, all those fancy statistics mean nothing.   This is a crucial game for numerous reasons. Both teams cannot afford another loss. It is a divisional game and with a divisional game of this magnitude, bragging rights become the number one priority on fan’s minds. If the Eagles can take care of the ball in the red zone, and punch it in to the end zone when their close, it is going to be a tough day for the Giants. Nonetheless, counting Eli Manning out, no matter how much the odds are stacked against him, is simply an ill-advised decision; just ask Tom Brady. A Giants’ running game is going to be the key to a Giants win. Although he may be running behind a less than average offensive line, David Wilson has yet to prove why the Giants used a first round draft pick on him last year. Expect both teams to get feisty, mean, and desperate, as they find themselves in a deep hole early on in this 2013 season. Whoever comes out on top may have the upper hand in this intense rivalry for the time being, but they will still have a long way to go if they hope to still be playing in January.  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cubs trade for Chapman a risk, but potential payoff too hard to ignore

White Sox fan wears a fantastic taped-up Chris Sale jersey

Wisconsin kicker will wear 27 to honor Nebraska's Sam Foltz

Dennis Schroder wears disguise to play in German streetball tournament

Browns indicate they will give Josh Gordon another chance

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery

Eagles want Carson Wentz to be 'starter ready' Week 1

Report: 49ers concerned Anthony Davis will quit again

Did Manning hurt NFLPA's case in HGH investigations?

Report: Steinbrenner won't allow fire sale, wants to make playoffs

Report: Dion Waiters agrees to one-year deal with Heat

Dion Waiters' deal signals the end of the 2016 money grab

Tom Jackson could leave ESPN after almost three decades

Cavs sign coach Tyronn Lue to a five-year extension

More than 10,000 people registered for Jaguars Pokemon Go night

NFL issues new concussion protocol

Angels listening to offers on Hector Santiago

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

Kevin Durant’s OKC restaurant will be closed, rebranded

Lamar Odom said to be held back by one 'toxic friend'

Mario Balotelli crashes Liverpool fans' wedding

Michael Vick: I used to feel I was 'dominating too much'

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker