NFL Preview: Giants and Eagles Can Close Deals on Sunday

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

The NFC East’s big two can lock up places in the post-season this weekend and Al Dannity likes Philadelphia and the Giants to do just that.

Vikings just want to go home Sunday Night Football will be must-see TV because of Michael Vick and the Philadelphia offense but don’t expect a competitive game. The Eagles showed tremendous character to come back in the final eight minutes against the Giants on Sunday. They shouldn’t need to dig as deep against the Minnesota Vikings. This season has been a disaster for Minnesota on multiple levels. Even Brett Favre’s attempted comeback on Monday went horribly. The quarterback, clearly excited at the prospect of an outdoor game in Minnesota, was surprisingly fit to start and soon exited the game. Joe Webb, an interesting prospect out of UAB, finished the game and looks likely to start on Sunday night.

While inexperienced, the Eagles will be a little concerned about the unknown factor Webb brings to the Vikings’ offense. Normally a rookie signal caller is limited by the coaching staff. Webb however is essentially playing for his job and in a meaningless game it’s possible he could try and open up the game, relying on the dual-threat skills that made him a low-round draftee in April. No matter what surprises Webb brings, it’s unlikely to make a big difference in this game. Bet on the Eagles to win with Sports Interaction and lock up the NFC East.

Giants have the strength to come back Don’t blame Matt Dodge for last week’s meltdown by Big Blue. He was only involved in one of the four touchdowns conceded by the Giants in the final eight minutes against Philadelphia. While Tom Coughlin’s initial reactions seemed to single out Dodge, he will likely have emphasised the need for the Giants to improve as a team before this Sunday’s crucial game in Green Bay.

The Packers showed a lot of heart without Aaron Rodgers last week and he remains questionable for Sunday. A wounded Rodgers can still be effective, while Matt Flynn looks a capable back-up. The injury-riddled Packers need to catch a break but I can’t see it happening this weekend. This should prove a tight game but the Giants should be able to keep errors to a minimum and start thinking about the post-season. Victory on Sunday would guarantee a wild card finish for the Giants and I like them to pull through and pick up the big win.