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Defensive Line Poised For Sack Fest Against Giants

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Birds Can Torment Eli And Offensive Line With Sack Fest On Sunday

It’s been a miserable start to the regular season for the New York Giants (0-2). There’s a good chance that the Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) can add to their misery with a victory at Lincoln Financial Field this weekend. Unfortunately, Manning will have to face an Eagles defensive line that’s collecting sacks like trading cards. Philly’s defensive line has a total of eight sacks this season and can torment the Giants offensive line, which has been the subject of scrutiny, with a sack fest.

Expect Brandon Graham And Fletcher Cox To Lead The Fest

Defensive end Brandon Graham has 2.5 sacks along with a forced fumble this season. Like Graham, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has a forced fumble combined with 2.0 sacks for the season. Other players from the defensive line such as Chris Long and Timmy Jernigan could also make an impact due to the attention that Graham and Cox attract. The New York Giants offensive line gave up 3 sacks to Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah, and he only played 50% of the defensive snaps. Yikes! Manning will have to release the ball quickly for Sunday’s game.

Banged Up Secondary Needs Help Against Giants Receiving Corps

New York still possesses one of the most talented receiving corps in the National Football League. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. played against the Lions but failed to make an impact. Although Brandon Marshall was targeted five times by Manning, he only caught one reception against Detroit. Therefore, expect them to bounce back against Philadelphia’s defensive backs. This Eagles defense will have their hands full on Sunday, and for this reason, they will need their defensive line to put tons of pressure on Eli Manning to avoid getting exposed in aerial duels.

All Eyes Will Be On The Eagles Running Game

The running game will continue to be a hot topic in Philadelphia until further notice. Philly’s offense made headlines this week for the wrong reason when running back LeGarrette Blount finished last week’s game with 0 carries and 0 rushing yards. In any case, head coach Doug Pederson knows his team can’t survive without a productive running game, and he has to find a way to jumpstart his offense. Is it going to be Blount or Sproles behind Carson Wentz? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Isaac Seumalo Will Be Temporarily Replaced By Chance Warmack

Last week’s performance by guard Isaac Seumalo was awful. According to NBC sports, Chance Warmack will receive the nod at left guard. The Chiefs produced a sack fest of their own against the Eagles offensive line, and most of the sacks were on Seumalo. This change shouldn’t come as a surprise, and it will give Warmack the chance to prove himself.

Carson Wentz Needs To Throw Less

All things considered, the Eagles have to effectively protect Wentz from all unnecessary hits. Wentz could also use some help from his coaching staff. Coach Pederson can help out plenty by sticking with the running game in contests. They might be hanging on with injuries to their defensive backs, but an injury to Wentz could mean the demise of the Eagles’ playoff hopes.