The Eagles went 5-1 against the NFC East in the 2011-2012 season. They split with the world champion New York Giants (9-7), both matchups close. Giants took the week 3 meeting winning 29-16 at Lincoln Financial Field, Eagles dominating for the majority of the contest. But when Michael Vick suffered a hand injury, the team fell apart late. Eagles responded in week 11, taking the second meeting in winning 17-10 at the New Meadowlands, with a smothering effort by the Eagles defense. Although the rivalry could be argued as the best one in the NFC East over the last couple of seasons, the Eagles have in fact dominated it, winning the last 7 of 9 dating back to 2008. We’ve seen fights, shootouts, defensive struggles, and insane combacks in this rivalry.
In 2012, the Eagles will face the Giants at home week 4 on Sunday Night Football, and week 17 at New York. The Giants had a quieter offseason than the Eagles, more focused on taking care of their own players. They had a solid draft, focusing on building more offensive talent, their offensive line, and defensive depth. Wide receiver Rueben Randle gives Eli Manning another explosive redzone target. Running back David Wilson was an underrated pick late in the 1st round, as the Giants will look to replace Brandon Jacobs and do what they do best, pound the football. As of late the Eagles and Giants have had similar season patterns, slow starts, and amazing finishes. Of course the Giants have had more success, winning it all. The week 17 matchup is crucial, and the Eagles will have to slow down what will likely be a very hot Giants team. It’s no secret the Eagles offense matches up well against the Giants defense. It’s up to the Eagles revamped defense to stop Eli Manning. Most are predicting either of these two teams to be the division winner. I truly believe part of the key to the Eagles playoff success is making sure a seasoned and confident Giants team is out of them.