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Giants vs. Eagles – 3 storylines to watch

The Eagles have won five straight in this Turnpike Rivalry, doing it in both the regular season and in the playoffs — and in all types of manners.

1 Can’t fake the funk on a nasty streak.

The Eagles have won five straight in this Turnpike Rivalry, doing it in both the regular season and in the playoffs — and in all types of manners.

During this stretch, the Eagles have blown out the Giants [40-17 in Jan. 2009], won close games [20-14 in Dec. 08] and won shootouts [45-38 in Dec. ‘09]. The Eagles would like nothing better than to win this one, which would severely cloud the Giants’ postseason picture. “We don’t want to see them again in the playoffs,” Quintin Mikell said.

2 Can the Giants stop an arsenal this big?

Michael Vick isn’t the only reason why Giants coach Tom Coughlin has had indigestion this week.

DeSean Jackson has been a thorn in the Giants’ side, averaging 20.4 yards per reception against Big Blue. Jackson’s last trip to New York featured a then-career-high 178 receiving yards and two scores, including a back-breaking punt return for a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Maclin had nine catches for 120 yards when the two teams met at the Linc. Then there’s running back LeSean McCoy, who had 111 yards and notched the go-ahead, 50-yard TD run last month.

3 Picking passes and taking names.

Deion Sanders can say whatever he wants about Asante Samuel, the corner is a turnover machine. Everyone is thankful to have the guy who picked off Eli Manning twice last month back on the field.

As well as Dimitri Patterson and Joselio Hanson played in Dallas, this defense isn’t championship-caliber without No. 22. He can shut down an entire side, which should make for interesting matchups. Without top target Steve Smith, it’ll be up to Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to pick it up. Look for Samuel and Patterson to sit on routes and invite Eli to throw.


 
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