The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have been two of the worst teams in the 2013 NFL season. Even though they have a combined record of 1-7, their Week Five contest has playoff implications.
The NFC East has proven to be the worst division in football throughout the first quarter of the season. The Dallas Cowboys are in first place, but they’re only at 2-2. Since they’re set to play the Denver Broncos on Sunday are heavy underdogs, every team is very much in the hunt to reach the postseason.
New York has a smaller margin of error than Philadelphia. They’re one of four teams that still haven’t picked up their first win. Not only have the Giants lost four straight, but they’ve been uncompetitive. There last three defeats have come by an average of 27 points.
The Giants struggles have come from every facet of the game—offense, defense and special teams. The performance of Eli Manning, though, may be the most glaring. Less than two years removed from winning his second Super Bowl MVP, the quarterback is off to the worst start of his career since his rookie season. He leads the NFL with nine interceptions and has the worst passer rating of any NFC quarterback that’s started every game.
In the past, Manning has played behind one of the best offensive lines in football. This year, the quarterback hasn’t been given much time in the pocket. Injuries have forced several reserves to play a major role. He’s been sacked 14 times already, matching his total for the first 12 games of last season.
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"They've got some injuries on the offensive line," Kelly said. "When you watch their games with who played against the Cowboys and who played in the opening game and then who played in the last game against the Chiefs was a little bit different."
The line should be improved, somewhat, on Sunday. David Diehl is set to take the field at MetLife Stadium for the first time in 2013 when he starts at right guard. David Baas and Chris Snee, on the other hand, will sit once again.
At 1-3, Philadelphia hasn’t been much better. Chip Kelly and the Eagles new offense began the season with a bang, outscoring the Washington Redskins by 26 points in the early going of the opener. Since then, they’ve been outscored, by 65 points.
The Eagles have found success against the Giants recently, winning eight of their last 10 meetings. Michael Vick has been good against New York, but LeSean McCoy has been unstoppable. Four of his 14 100-yard rushing games have comes against the Giants.
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Betting Odds: New York-1.5, 53.5
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket Max
Prediction: New York 27, Philadelphia 24