The Philadelphia Eagles disappointing 2012 season will end on Sunday against the New York Giants. This will most likely be Andy Reid’s last game as Eagles head coach. As we all know, team owner Jeffrey Lurie said after last year’s 8-8 season that that was not acceptable. This year, the Eagles sit at 4-11 and all signs point to a new head coach next year. With all that said, this game still means a lot to both the Eagles and Giants. New York could still clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses by Minnesota, Chicago, and Dallas. Philadelphia would like nothing more than to end the Giants season Sunday. As an Eagles fan, the last thing I want to see is the Giants back their way into the playoffs. They did that last year, and then went on to win the Super Bowl. Not this year. Eagles fans, root hard for your team this weekend.
What to look for
Michael Vick will start at quarterback for the injured Nick Foles, who broke his hand last week against the Redskins. Vick will look to showcase his talents one last time before the offseason, which many believe he will spend looking for a new job. Tailback LeSean McCoy is activated for this weekend, but I doubt we see much of him in this game.
Rookie Bryce Brown will get one more chance to prove that he is an NFL caliber back after underwhelming performances against
Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, and Washington. He will have to prove that he can bounce back from a few bad performances and that he can hold onto the ball.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning will look to shine in another clutch situation. Even though he has not played well recently, never count out the two time Super Bowl MVP. Receiver Victor Cruz will look to get back on track after two bad games against Baltimore and Atlanta. Hopefully the Eagles can prevent a salsa touchdown celebration from the young Cruz this week.
The Giants defense has been atrocious the past two weeks, giving up 34 points to Atlanta and 33 points to Baltimore. If the Eagles offensive line can step up, Michael Vick and co. should have a good chance to score some points. Then again, they failed to do so against some pretty lousy defenses this year, so I’m not expecting too much.
As mentioned, this will probably be Andy Reid’s last game as the Eagles head coach. Will the players, who have continued to defend Reid, play hard for their coach? Will Michael Vick play well in order to sell himself for next year?
Eagles 20 Giants 17
I think the players will leave it all out on the field for their coach and send him off with a win.