East Rutherford, NJ â€“ Itâ€™s no secret that Iâ€™m a Giant fan. When the Eagles took on the Vikings I, like many, wanted the Vikings to prevail so the Giants could get the Cardinals, long known as a warm weather (Saturday nightâ€™s demolition of Carolina not withstanding) finesse team, traveling east to an almost certain defeat. The Eagles scared the heck out of me. As the week progressed, I started to get the old Big Blue pride stirring in my loins (is there any other location really?) and I started thinking differently. Bring â€˜em on. The Eagles donâ€™t scare me. Weâ€™re the Champs. Theyâ€™re coming to our house; weâ€™re rested and ready. The Eagles beat the Vikes with smoke, mirrors, field goals, and one late back breaker. True, theyâ€™re on a roll, but I just donâ€™t see the Giants losing this game. I donâ€™t see the Eagles running the ball the way they did the last time they were in the swamp. True, Brian Westbrook will make some plays, particularly when he gets the ball in space, but I think heâ€™ll get hit in the mouth just as often. On the other side of the ball, Brandon Jacobs has had three whole weeks of whirlpools and workouts and heâ€™s got to be salivating at the opportunity to play healthy for the first time since mid-season. I see a well rounded team effort. Good run defense, Eli about 17 for 27 for a modest 2 bills and maybe one pick (the Philly secondary is very opportunistic) and Derrick Ward breaking at least one big gainer. I see one big special teams play in the second quarter and a costly McNabb fumble. Most of all, I see a Giant O-line playing like the best unit in football and making sure Opie suffers no more than one sack, a couple of hurries, and a couple of knock downs. This one may not even be that close. I like the Giants 33-17.
Enjoy the game,