For The Giants It’s Win And You’re In The Playoffs
If the (10-4) New York Giants can defeat the (5-9) Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football, they’ll clinch a playoff berth for the first time since winning Super Bowl XLVI back in February 2012. In addition to clinching a playoff berth, if the Giants are victorious it will be the first time since 2007 that they’ve swept the season series from the Eagles.
Despite the Eagles losing their last five games, the Giants know it will not be an easy task to beat the Eagles. They have won in Philadelphia just once in the past four seasons, and have been outscored 54-7 in their last two trips to Philly.
But this is a different Giants team than in the previous two seasons. The defense has been dominant as they haven’t given up a touchdown in seven quarters, and the offense has done just enough to win eight out their last nine games and one of those wins was a 28-23 victory against the Eagles in week nine. So they’re confident they’ll be victorious on Thursday night despite having a short week to prepare. Odell Beckham Jr. spoke on Wednesday about the quick turnaround
“We’re still adjusting, I guess. It’s a quick turnaround. You’re in and out and the next thing you know, you’re back on the field playing.” Beckham said.
One of the downside of the downsides of playing on a short week for the Giants, is the status of cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins who was selected to his first Pro Bowl on Tuesday is questionable with a bruised back that he suffered in the Giants win over the Lions. Jenkins will travel with the team, but we probably won’t know until close to kickoff if he’ll play.
Whether Jenkins plays or not, the Giants secondary must play better than it did when these teams played in November when Carson Wentz threw for 364 yards. Eli Manning will look to duplicate his performance from the first matchup when he threw a season high four touchdowns.
Jason Leach is an analyst for Pro Football Spot for the New York Giants for @pfspot. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKLeach