During an Eagles practice Wednesday, starting DE Brandon Graham hollered out the only words that matter to Birds players and fans this week, “It’s Giants Week, baby!”
Yes, it is finally upon us, the New York Giants will be visiting Lincoln Financial on Sunday afternoon, and the timing couldn’t be more appetizing.
The Giants were without Odell Beckham Jr. in their week one 19-3 loss to the Cowboys. A Cowboys team might I add, who were recently obliterated by the Denver Broncos.
As lackluster as the Giants’ passing game was in the opener, it could not even compare to the disoriented running game that they displayed. But things would be looking their way the next week right?
Even an active OBJ on Monday Night Football couldn’t rescue the Giants from their offensive woes against a resilient Detroit Lions team, as he was halted to 4 catches for 36 yards and no scores.
Nothing of importance in the backfield, head coach unhappy with his veteran quarterback, unsure of the star receiver’s health, a short week of preparation, and of course…coming into the Philly heat for the first home game of the year.
The Eagles must take full advantage of this currently damaged roster on Sunday. After two solid weeks of play on the road, the Eagles have a great opportunity to remain perfect in the division. It all starts with the backfield situation.
After not seeing a single carry in last week’s tough loss to the Chiefs, LeGarrette Blount deserves a much heavier workload against one of the worst run defenses in the league. It would also be smart this week to work in rookie running back Corey Clement, as Wendell Smallwood has not completely lit the world on fire yet with his production. Clement is hungry for his shot to prove why he made this roster, and he showed some flashes already in the preseason that can back that up.
Carson Wentz has gotten off to the start we all wanted this season, and this week could really be the time for him to takeoff. For a guy who competes like there is no tomorrow, and truly feeds off of the energy from the fans and his teammates, this week should be paradise for him.
On the defensive side, nothing would be better than to see a few big plays right from the get-go, especially from the secondary that has been taking criticism all week long because of injuries. All it will take is just a few huge plays early in the game to get the Linc rocking, and the Eagles will pour it on this Giants team and never look back.
It is Giants week.
If those aren’t words that get Philly fired up, then I don’t know what will.
I am certain that Brandon Graham would agree.
B.S. Communication/Journalism Clarion University Alum and lifelong Philadelphia sports enthusiast.