Season record, 2-0
If the Eagles had won last week -- which they should have -- the home opener against the Giants could have been a let down. But now that they're coming off a steal-defeat-from-the-claws-of-victory loss there's very little reason to believe the Eagles will fall to 1-2 -- except for the fact that this is an NFC East divisional contest. That used to mean something against the Giants, but the Eagles have had their way against Tom Coughlin's crew, winning six straight. Michael Vick will play Sunday, which is either a good or bad thing depending upon your point of view. Good if you want to the Eagles to beat a lowly, injury-riddled New York squad. Bad if you want the franchise quarterback susceptible to back-to-back concussions against a sure-to-be-blitzing Giants defense.
Everything points to the Eagles winning in a cakewalk -- speed, health, location, Eli Manning-- but the Giants are a proud team coming off last season's decimating choke job at the New Meadowlands when Vick and DeSean Jackson ran around, past and over them. So I see the Giants slowing the game down with a clock-churning, run-oriented offense that should give Juan Castillo's reshuffled linebackers fits. Ultimately, talent wins out, though, and LeSean McCoy further cements his name among the top running backs in the NFL. Eagles, 27-21.
What goes right: The still work-in-progress offensive line, led by tackles Jason Peters and Todd Herremans, keeps Vick intact with the help of additional blockers like tight end Brent Celek.