Our Eagles vs. Giants predictions for NFL divisional round

The No. 1-seeded Eagles are internet hosting the No. 6-seeded Giants on Saturday within the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

To the predictions:

Reuben Frank (13-4)

It’s pure to really feel skittish about this sport. We simply noticed the Giants play their greatest sport of the 12 months, on the street, towards a 13-win Vikings group. We simply noticed their younger quarterback style a masterpiece in his playoff debut. We simply noticed their rookie coach lead his group to its first postseason win in a decade. But dealing with an virtually utterly wholesome Eagles group that went 14-1 underneath Jalen Hurts and is taking part in at residence and is rested after a bye week is a completely totally different factor. The Giants scored 31 factors towards the Vikings’ Thirty first-ranked protection. If they rating 31 on the Eagles’ No. 2-ranked protection, extra energy to them. But I do not assume they will. I count on Jalen Hurts to be near 100%, and with a wholesome Hurts the Eagles are only a higher group than the Giants throughout the board. Hats off to Daboll and the job he is performed this 12 months, but it surely ends on the Linc.

Eagles 27, Giants 20

Dave Zangaro (13-4)

The Eagles are higher than the Giants. They simply are. I perceive that the Giants regarded good final week towards the paper tiger Vikings and provides them credit score. But the Eagles had a extra spectacular weekend sitting on their sofa. They earned that No. 1 seed and let’s be actual: If they wanted to play the Seahawks final week because the No. 2 seeds, they might have smashed them. Brian Daboll clearly has the Giants pointed in the correct course, however the Giants’ expertise simply does not match up.

We’ve seen a pair totally different variations of that Giants protection this season, however I’ve confidence the Eagles will have the ability to dissect both. If the Giants need to be aggressive and blitz Jalen Hurts, then Hurts will beat them with 1-on-1 mismatches with AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith and still have the flexibility to scamper away from stress. If Wink Martindale needs to do what he did final week towards the Vikings, then Dallas Goedert goes to have an enormous sport like TJ Hockenson did within the wild card round.

And when the Eagles are on protection, the Giants simply haven’t got sufficient firepower. Saquon Barkley seems wholesome, Daniel Jones has gotten higher they usually have an honest trio of receivers. But it may take an ideal sport for the Giants to beat the Eagles. Sure, it is attainable. But so long as the Eagles do not beat themselves, they will be internet hosting the NFC Championship Game subsequent weekend.

Eagles 33, Giants 24

Barrett Brooks (13-4)

It’s time to cease speaking about what the Giants have achieved this 12 months. I respect head coach Brian Daboll and what he has performed producing wins with the extent of expertise he possesses. I’m uninterested in all of the hoopla the Giants have acquired from beating a mean Vikings group. Offensively, the Giants have a very good working again in Saquon Barkley. He seems just like the rookie again that was so explosive. Daniel Jones has additionally taken over the offense, that means it’s not Saquon left and Saquon proper. Daboll is trusting Jones’ arm and his capability to open up the passing sport. Jones is now beginning to use his legs and scramble extra. In my opinion, Mike Kafka is telling his QB that if the primary learn is not there, pull the ball down and run.

DC Don ‘Wink’ Martindale is a blitzer by nature. When I watched the Vikings film, Wink did not ship the blitz as a lot. In saying that, I am unable to see Wink blitzing Jalen Hurts, as a result of it’s a must to run man-to-man. When you play that model, the DBs backs are rotated, which permits Hurts to scramble for extra yards. I additionally see the working sport of the Eagles being a potent weapon towards the dangerous run protection of the Giants.

Eagles 32 Giants 18

Mike Mulhern (14-3)

The Giants will struggle, they will pull out all of the stops, however they merely will not have sufficient to beat the Eagles. The nationwide and New York media appear determined for any semblance of success from both of the groups in East Rutherford, however pump the brakes on the 2007 Giants Super Bowl comparisons. It’d be like anticipating the Eagles to hoist the Lombardi Trophy each time the backup quarterback is available in simply because Nick Foles was magical in 2017. Yet, profitable three of your final 9 video games, together with a win over the fraudulent Vikings now one way or the other equates to the Giants being “on a roll.”

Yes, Daniel Jones regarded nice per week in the past, however Minnesota’s protection is likely one of the worst within the league. He ought to have diced them up. In truth, he had simply performed so in Week 16, albeit with a lot much less fanfare. The Eagles move rush is on a distinct stage. They have two elite corners on the again finish. Keep Jones contained within the pocket, and it will be an extended day for him.

Brian Daboll has constructed nice tradition in New York, however so has Nick Sirianni right here in Philly. His Eagles can be laser-focused, beginning with Jalen Hurts and his therapeutic shoulder. The Birds quarterback handled detractors after final 12 months’s ugly playoff exit to the Buccaneers. On Saturday he’ll present simply how far he is come. I count on an MVP-level efficiency which has grow to be the norm for him this season. The Giants will possible deliver loads of stress, which ought to result in loads of alternatives for AJ Brown and Devonta Smith down the sector. Plus, Dallas Goedert noticed how little resistance the Giants posed to TJ Hockenson final week and informed our John Clark that he requested for extra performs this week because of this. He might be in line for an enormous day himself. The Eagles transfer one step nearer to Arizona.

Eagles 34, Giants 20

Adam Hermann (15-2)

If you listened to some soccer analysts this week, they informed you the Giants are hitting their stride on the proper time and Daniel Jones has grow to be a dependable, borderline elite QB.

Let’s be actual.

The Giants have received 4 video games because the starting of November. They beat the Texans (3-13-1), they beat the Commanders (8-8-1), they beat the Colts (4-12-1), and final week they beat essentially the most fraudulent 13-4 group within the NFL historical past.

This is a superbly acceptable-to-good soccer group, one with youth and upside and one that’s completely taking part in higher soccer than I believed attainable this season. Hats off to Brian Daboll, Saquon Barkley, and Daniel Jones.

But the Eagles are beating this group by a number of scores this weekend.

Here’s why.

1. The Giants cannot cease the run. They rank Thirty first in rush yards allowed per try, twenty seventh in complete rush yards allowed, twentieth in dashing touchdowns allowed. The Eagles are among the best dashing groups within the NFL, particularly when Jalen Hurts is wholesome and allowed to play his full sport. The final time these two groups met the Birds put up 253 dashing yards. I’ve no motive to count on something totally different this time round.

2. The Giants cannot cease good tight ends. Guys like TJ Hockenson, Dalton Schultz, and Evan Engram completely abused New York’s protection this 12 months: Hockenson caught 23 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns in two outings. Yeesh. Dallas Goedert solely noticed motion towards the Giants as soon as, in a hamstrung model of the Eagles’ offense, and caught six passes for 46 yards. I count on Goedert to be closely concerned on Saturday in various alternative ways – and good luck placing the clamps on Goedert when your secondary is combating for its life towards AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith.

3. The Giants’ offense does not scare me. There’s no query that Barkley is a harmful weapon and that Jones has found out the best way to cease turning the ball over at an absurdly excessive charge. But you are telling me I ought to sweat Richie James and Darius Slayton when the Eagles have among the best cornerback duos within the NFL and CJ Gardner-Johnson is again from damage? OK. The solely factor I fear about is Jones’ legs beating the Eagles time and again. But in case your largest menace in a playoff sport on the Linc is Daniel Jones on the run, I’ll take these odds.

You can have all of the questions on the planet about Hurts’ shoulder, and Lane Johnson’s adductor, and bye week rust. The Eagles are a superior group. We noticed it in Week 14 when the Eagles almost hung a 50-burger on the G-Men, and we’ll see it once more this weekend.

Give me a red-hot first half and a double-digit margin of victory.

Eagles 34, Giants 23

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