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Eagles-Giants: Predictions-Key matchups

Here is our weekly look at how the Daily News staff sees today's Eagles game:

Eagles-Giants: Predictions-Key matchups

Andy Reid and the Eagles take on the Giants on Sunday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Andy Reid and the Eagles take on the Giants on Sunday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Here is our weekly look at how the Daily News staff sees today's Eagles game:

Les Bowen

Is there anything for Eagles fans to worry about here? Well, sooner or later, the Giants are going to get some of the breaks they haven't gotten in losing six successive meetings. Maybe the Eagles can't stop the run at all, the Giants keep Michael Vick and company off the field, Vick turns the ball over, and so on. But the simpler scenario is that the better, healthier team, playing at home, wins. Prediction: Eagles, 34-24.

Vegas Vic

When we heard that Kafka was getting half of the reps in practice, I was like, 'Why are the Eagles fooling around with a dead writer at QB?' OK, a little digging and we find out it was not Franz Kafka, but Mike Kafka, the kid out of Northwestern, and the third-stringer until Vince Young came up lame. Why so much attention? Obviously, Mike Vick is on shaky ground, and is one big hit away from the silly house. So Kafka could play a huge role. The game opened at minus 7 and could go higher. We would lean to the Birds for a win, but at plus 7 or higher, a light play to New York with the spread. If Vick does have a problem, stay close to your phone and be ready to make a second-half bet on the Giants. Eagles, 28-24.

Ed Barkowitz: Giants, 24-21

Bill Conlin: Eagles, 30-17

Paul Domowitch: Eagles, 31-17

Marcus Hayes: Eagles, 27-24

John Smallwood: Eagles, 24-17

KEY MATCHUPS

1. Eagles LT Jason Peters vs. Giants RDE Jason Pierre-Paul: Peters is coming off one of his best games as an Eagle. The 6-5, 278-pound Pierre-Paul is as athletic as any DE Peters will face. Advantage: Eagles

2. Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin vs. Giants CB Aaron Ross: Maclin is coming off a career performance against the Falcons. Ross is the weakest link in the Giants' secondary. Advantage: Eagles

3. Eagles RDT Cullen Jenkins vs. Giants LG David Diehl: A battle of two been-around-the-block veterans. Jenkins already has three sacks and has provided the Eagles with needed interior pocket push. Diehl, who spent the last 4 years at LT, has moved back inside. Advantage: Even

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