NFL Week 6 matchups:
Keys to victory, matchup to watch, prediction for every game.
Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
TV: Fox, NFL Network
Danny Sheridan’s line: Eagles by 3
Eagles’ keys to victory: Potentially fighting a Super Bowl hangover, the Eagles can stroll into MetLife Stadium on Thursday and take a major step toward reclaiming the NFC East by mixing their defensive looks and pressures, sealing the edge and harassing QB Eli Manning. Philadelphia also can attack the Giants over the middle of the field by getting linebackers isolated on RB Darren Sproles and TE Zach Ertz. This aspect is crucial now that Jay Ajayi is out with a torn ACL.
Giants’ keys to victory: After another less than stellar start to the season, New York might have no alternative but to boil everything down to fundamentals. Against the Eagles, Big Blue must keep its head in the game, avoid turnovers and costly penalties, wrap up when making tackles and occasionally take a chance like in Week 5, when WR Odell Beckham Jr. connected with RB Saquon Barkley on a 57-yard TD pass.
Matchup to watch: Giants offensive line vs. Eagles defensive line. The Giants have struggled to find consistency along their O-line, and it has had an impact in each game. While Nate Solder is solid on the left side, Patrick Omameh and Chad Wheeler have struggled on the right.
Who wins? The Giants aren’t a good team right now. As talented as their roster might appear, they can’t seem to string together any success or find any level of consistency. And while the Eagles have experienced similar issues on a more minor level, they’re lightyears ahead of the Giants.