Can G-Men Turn Things Around vs. Sluggish Eagles?

In Philadelphia, “Rocky” is a celebrated word.

The city has taken to the fictitious movie character of Rocky Balboa and found an identity in the boxer. But when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles, a rocky start to their quest to repeat is anything but a good thing.

It all makes for an intriguing matchup for the New York Giants tonight at MetLife Stadium.

The underwhelming start to the Eagles season doesn’t make last year’s Super Bowl winners any more vulnerable or any less dangerous. But, the records of these two teams makes their Week 6 meeting very much a must-win.

The Giants (1-4) are off to their own slow start in a season that could have plenty of bumps as they rebuild. But remember, it’s still early and Big Blue is only 1.5 games behind the division-leading Redskins (2-2).

For the Eagles (2-3), it was supposed to be a coronation of sorts; a team that appeared stacked on both sides of the ball and was deigned the presumptive favorites to win the NFC East and get back to the Super Bowl.

This year has been anything but an easy road for the Eagles. Their rough start is noticeable around the Giants locker room.

“I think they’re just still searching for – it’s tough to put a name to it,” nose tackle Damon Harrison said Tuesday. “I don’t know, they just haven’t looked the same.”

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Still, it isn’t all doom and gloom for the Eagles. And, coming into the season, they supposedly had an easy road back to the playoffs as they were tied at No. 19 for strength of schedule.

While disappointing and perhaps shocking, Philly’s outlook isn’t all that poor and they are working Carson Wentz – who suffered a season-ending knee injury last year – back into the lineup. Wentz, who missed the first two games of the year as he continued his comeback from the injury, has 659 passing yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions, over the past two games.

Injuries have hurt the Eagles, but they are still a talented and loaded team.

The Giants, on the other hand, are looking to finally piece together a complete performance. Their offense came to life in Sunday’s 33-31 loss at the Carolina Panthers, and their defense has shown some improvement over last year’s group.

The turnaround for this game is short, but the Giants seem eager to build on the momentum from Sunday’s performance, a game where the offense seemed to finally click and be potent.

Tonight, before a national audience, is a chance for the Giants to turn around their season. A fifth loss in the season’s opening six weeks would put a severe dent in their playoffs chances. But a win against last year’s champions would give them a huge lift as this young team continues its rebuild.

“This probably would be the first time where I would ever not be upset about the [short] turnaround,” Odell Beckham Jr. said.

“Coming off a tough loss like that, you just want to get back out there. When you lose a game like that, it’s like you wish you had five more minutes to play and you’ve got to wait a whole week usually. But, we get a quick turnaround this week, we get to go out on Thursday, and I know we’re all excited about that opportunity. We’ve got to come out and make the most of it.”

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