Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Game Day for Giants

The Eagles (5-3) take on the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (7-1) in a game that could go a long way toward determining the Birds' playoff fate.

Game Day for Giants

The Eagles (5-3) take on the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (7-1) in a game that could go a long way toward determining the Birds' playoff fate.

Check back later for Les Bowen's reports from the Linc with breaking news and in-game updates.

STAFF PICKS

Here is how members of the Daily News staff see the game:

Les Bowen: Giants, 16-15 (For more on Les' pick, click here)

Ed Barkowitz: Giants, 24-17

Bill Conlin: Eagles 24-17

Paul Domowitch: Giants, 16-12

Marcus Hayes: Giants, 23-20

John Smallwood: Eagles, 17-13

Vegas Vic: Eagles, 31-24 (For Vic's complete NFL selections, click here)

KEY MATCHUPS

1. Eagles RT Jon Runyan and RG Max Jean-Gilles vs. Giants LDE Justin Tuck: Tuck will line up both inside and outside depending on the scheme. Tuck's quickness could give Jean-Gilles problems. ADVANTAGE: GIANTS 

2. Eagles LBs Stewart Bradley, Omar Gaither and Chris Gocong vs. Giants RB Brandon Jacobs: The 264-pound Jacobs is a load, but Eagles have held six of eight opponents to fewer than 90 rushing yards. ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

3. Eagles CB Asante Samuel vs. Giants WR Plaxico Burress: Burress has averaged 17.6 yards per catch in seven games against the Eagles. ADVANTAGE: GIANTS

For read Paul Domowitch's complete Scouting Report, click here.

NFL RANKINGS (Thursday night game not included)

1. Titans 8-0
2. Giants 7-1
3. Steelers 6-2
4. Panthers 6-2
5. Bucs 6-3
6. Redskins 6-2
7. Eagles 5-3
8. Cardinals 6-3
9. Bills 5-3
10. Cowboys 5-4
11. Colts 4-4
12. Patriots 5-3
13. Falcons 5-3
14. Bears 5-3
15. Packers 4-4
16. **Broncos 4-4
17. Ravens 5-3
18. Jets 5-3
19. Jaguars 3-5
20. Dolphins 4-4
21. Saints 4-4
22. Vikings 4-4
23. Chargers 3-5
24. Texans 3-5
25. **Browns 3-5
26. Rams 2-6
27. 49ers 2-6
28. Seahawks 2-6
29. Chiefs 1-7
30. Bengals 1-8
31. Raiders 2-6
32. Lions 0-8

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