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Are the 'experts' picking the Eagles?

Here's a look at who the national pundits are picking in this weekend's Eagles-Giants matchup.

Are the 'experts' picking the Eagles?

Here's a look at who the national pundits are picking in this weekend's Eagles-Giants matchup.

I'll make my picks Saturday afternoon and will also have a closer look at the Giants once I finish watching the replay of their loss last week to the Cardinals.

SI.com's Peter King goes with the Eagles, 30-24:

There's a reason why Andy Reid took LeSean McCoy in the second round last April, and the reason will be apparent Sunday against the Giants. He can block, he can catch the ball out of the backfield, and while he doesn't have the cutting ability of Brian Westbrook, he does have the interior toughness and the ability to break a run or two outside.

SI.com's Don Banks has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings:

Who said midseason trades rarely amount to much in the NFL? Newly acquired Eagles linebacker Will Witherspoon played like a guy who had just been handed a new lease on life against the Redskins Monday night, and I guess in a football sense, he had. Going from winless St. Louis to contending Philadelphia ought to get the juices flowing, or there's something amiss to start.

Accuscore gives the Eagles the edge, 25.2 to 22.7.

Six FoxSports.com experts are split -- three picking the Eagles and three picking the Giants.

FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager has the Eagles winning, 30-22:

If New York and Philly fans didn't hate each other enough already, there's now a World Series and a little Eagles-Giants game this weekend to tack on top of the rivalry. Eli Manning has won four starts in a row at Philadelphia, and the Giants have won six of their past eight NFC East division games. But the defending division champs lost their last two and haven't looked particularly sharp in either. Give me the Yankees in that Philadelphia band box in Game 4 and the Eagles at the Linc on Sunday. And of course, several, several, several fist fights in the stands at both.

Five of eight ESPN experts like the Giants.

ESPN.com has the Eagles 12th in its power rankings.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco gives the Giants a 27-26 win:

The Giants have lost two in a row and seem to be reeling. So why do I like them here? They will pound it at the Eagles and hit some big plays against that Philly blitz. Tom Coughlin is good at getting his team back off the canvas, and the Eagles are on a short week.

Prisco has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post has the Birds, 22-17:

A big NFC East matchup in Philly. Over the last two weeks, the Giants’ secondary has been exposed and QB Eli Manning hasn’t reacted well to pressure defenses. The concern for Philly is the health of RB Brian Westbrook, who is being called a game-time decision. But this shouldn’t reflect who the Eagles are—because this team has become a big-play offense with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. I like Donovan McNabb at The Linc, and I still see Eli struggling with the Eagles’ multiple pressure schemes. Philly is plus-11 in turnover ratio right now, and I see it continuing on Sunday. I am going with McNabb and Philly at home.

Pro Football Talk predicts an Eagles win, 20-17.

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
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