Before I get to another roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles, some injury news out of New York.
Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham, who suffered a concussion Monday night against the Rams, did not make the trip to Philadelphia. That means Victor Cruz will likely get the start opposite Hakeem Nicks. Cruz has two career catches for 17 yards (both in Week 2 against the Rams).
Now on to the links:
SI.com's Peter King predicts a 26-23 Eagles victory:
Cruel and unusual punishment: Steve Smith scores the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the M*A*S*H-unit Giants can only wonder, "Why didn't we sign this guy back in July?"
ESPN.com's Bill Simmons likes the Eagles to cover the 7-point spread:
Since Vick's back for this week, I'm laying the seven more because I dislike the more Giants than because I like the Eagles. The Giants don't look right, do they? Something's off. By the way, do you think Archie Manning called Peyton's sponsors this month and had this exchange with them?
Archie: Hey, I was just wondering — it would be weird if Peyton did ads for you guys, what if we slid Eli in there this year and he did the ads instead?
Sponsor: Ah, jeez … well … um … let us get back to you on that … "
The Eagles are actually now 8.5-point favorites, and 56 percent of the money is on the Giants to cover, per Pregame.com.
Three of four analysts on ESPN's Sunday Countdown like the Eagles to win. Tom Jackson has the Giants.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com thinks the Falcons might have provided the blueprint for beating the Eagles. Part of that includes throwing to the tight end instead of the wide receivers:
When teams do choose to throw the ball against the Eagles, they can bypass those elite cornerbacks by targeting the tight end. Of the Big Three, only Asomugha has the size to man up against someone like Tony Gonzalez, and the Eagles have mostly kept Asomugha outside against wideouts so far. The Eagles don't have an effective cover linebacker, while starting safeties Jarrad Page and Kurt Coleman are still question marks in coverage. The future Hall of Fame tight end simply ate the Eagles up, as he caught seven of the nine passes thrown to him, producing five first downs and two touchdowns. The Giants don't have a tight end who can really take advantage of this when they play the Eagles next week, but Philly has games against Vernon Davis, Fred Davis, and Jason Witten coming up. If the Eagles don't adapt, those guys are going to have monster days like the one Gonzalez just enjoyed.
Three of four experts from NFL Network's Playbook show have the Eagles winning.
All eight ESPN experts are picking the Eagles.
And finally, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa will call Eagles-Giants on Fox.
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