Eagles-Giants: What We're Watching

Michael Vick throws a passer under pressure. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Not recognizing: It’s the pocket he’s running from before the protection even breaks down. It’s the progressions he’s not going through. They need the guy who convinced Andy Reid to give him the starting job over Kevin Kolb two years ago. They need the guy who threw just six interceptions in 372 attempts that year.

Shady Side of the Street: LeSean McCoy had just one carry in the first quarter last week and a total of four in the first half. Andy Reid said they saw some things in Arizona’s pass defense that they thought could exploit. That’s fine. But you can’t do it at the expense of your All-Pro running back. That’s irresponsible. Even with a patchwork offensive line, the Eagles need to work McCoy in earlier, like they did in Week 2 against Baltimore when he had 14 first-half carries.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom: As in get off to a fast start. The Eagles have scored just seven points in the first quarter in their first three games. They are one of just seven teams that haven’t scored on their first possession yet. Last year, the Eagles scored just three times on their first possession. So much for the endless hours Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg spend scripting the first 15 plays of the game. On Sunday, they need to take control early and make the crowd their 12th man.

Going After Eli: Jim Washburn’s deep and talented defensive line needs to make Eli Manning’s life miserable Sunday night. He’s been sacked just once in the last two games and had just 8 incompletions in 35 attempts against Carolina even though one of his starting wideouts, Hakeem Nicks, was out with a foot injury. Yes, Manning has graduated to elite quarterback status. But like any quarterback, if you put consistent pressure on him and knock him around, he becomes very human.