October 4, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott (35) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

Eagles aim for NFC East lead against rival Giants

For all of the negatives surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles, they hang their hat on a positive heading into Thursday’s game against the visiting New York Giants.

The Eagles have won seven straight games against the Giants and haven’t lost at home to their NFC East rivals since a 15-7 setback in 2013.

Injuries are once again plaguing Doug Pederson’s club. Philadelphia overcame plenty of those to defeat New York on two occasions during the final four games of the 2019 season. That strong surge allowed the Eagles to win the NFC East title.

The NFC East this season is a punch line, with four teams combined to go a paltry 5-18-1 overall. The silver lining for the Eagles (1-4-1) is they can ascend into first place with a victory on Thursday.

Philadelphia is stockpiling injuries at an alarming rate. Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz (ankle) and running back Miles Sanders (knee) joined the growing list during Sunday’s 30-28 loss to Baltimore.

Running back Boston Scott is expected to see an uptick in workload on Thursday. The 5-foot-6 Scott tormented the Giants in his last encounter, rushing for three touchdowns in the second half of the Eagles’ 34-17 win on Dec. 29.

Carson Wentz threw for 614 yards and three touchdowns in the two games last season versus New York. This season, however, hasn’t started off well for Wentz, who enters Thursday’s game on the heels of being sacked six times versus the Ravens and 25 times in 2020.

“You always got bumps and bruises from games,” Wentz said. “I think you notice them a little bit more on a Thursday night game, knowing you’ve got a quick turnaround. I feel good. I’m fortunate I’m still playing, I’m still feeing great. It’s a quick turnaround. I got no excuses. I’ll be just fine when I get out there.”

Wentz may see some familiar faces on Thursday, as wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (foot), DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Lane Johnson (ankle) were deemed as limited during Tuesday’s walk-through. Jeffery would be making his season debut.

Cornerback Avonte Maddox (ankle), safety Marcus Epps (ribs) and linebacker Duke Riley (rib) were also estimated as limited while Ertz, Sanders, offensive tackle Jack Driscoll (ankle), defensive tackle Malik Jackson (quad) and safety K’Von Wallace (shoulder) did not practice.

While New York recently has been dominated in the series, a win on Thursday would put the Giants (1-5) a half-game behind Dallas for first place in the division.

Daniel Jones rushed for 74 yards in New York’s 20-19 victory over the Washington Football Team on Sunday. The second-year quarterback is getting it done with his legs, rushing for a team-leading 204 yards and a 7.6-yard average.

“Yeah, I think it helps the running game, opens things up for backs and helps the passing game, too,” Jones said about his willingness to tuck the ball and run. “… When my number is called to run it, I’m certainly excited for those opportunities. You’re seeing what this offense can do, and we need to continue to improve, continue to execute.”

Jones may see the return of wideout Sterling Shepard, who has begun practicing after being placed on injured reserve with an ailing toe.

“He’s an extremely explosive guy, he’s good in and out of cuts,” Jones said of Shepard. “I think he’s as good of a route runner as there is in the league with what he can do in getting open and then catching the ball. You can trust him to separate from guys. He’s a tough guy to cover one on one.”

Running back Dion Lewis (hand) was estimated to be a full participant in practice for the second straight day on Tuesday. Wide receiver Darius Slayton (foot) and cornerback Darnay Holmes (neck) were limited, while wide receiver C.J. Board (concussion), defensive back Adrian Colbert (shoulder) and linebacker Tae Crowder (hamstring) did not practice.

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.

Sportsbooks

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Upcoming Games

Oct 24th, 1:00 PM

Kansas City -3 +103

Tennessee +3 +103

@

Oct 24th, 1:00 PM

Washington +7.5 -107

Green Bay -7.5 -107

@

Oct 24th, 1:00 PM

Carolina -3 -117

NY Giants +3 -117

@

Oct 24th, 1:00 PM

NY Jets +7 -105

New England -7 -105

@

Oct 24th, 1:00 PM

Atlanta +3 -112

Miami -3 -112

@

Oct 24th, 1:00 PM

Cincinnati +7 +108

Baltimore -7 +108

@

Oct 24th, 4:05 PM

Detroit +13.5 -110

LA Rams -13.5 -110

@

Oct 24th, 4:05 PM

Philadelphia +2.5 -122

Las Vegas -2.5 -122

@

Oct 24th, 4:25 PM

Houston +14.5 -107

Arizona -14.5 -107

@

Oct 24th, 4:25 PM

Chicago +10 -107

Tampa Bay -10 -107

@

Oct 24th, 8:20 PM

Indianapolis +3.5 -118

San Francisco -3.5 -118

@

Oct 25th, 8:15 PM

New Orleans -3 -120

Seattle +3 -120

@

Oct 28th, 8:20 PM

Green Bay +3.5 -108

Arizona -3.5 -108

@

Oct 31st, 1:00 PM

LA Rams -14 -111

Houston +14 -111

@

Oct 31st, 1:00 PM

San Francisco -3.5 -111

Chicago +3.5 -111

@

Oct 31st, 1:00 PM

Miami +11.5 -112

Buffalo -11.5 -112

@

Oct 31st, 1:00 PM

Cincinnati -4.5 -115

NY Jets +4.5 -115

@

Oct 31st, 1:00 PM

Tennessee +2.5 -111

Indianapolis -2.5 -111

@

Oct 31st, 1:00 PM

Pittsburgh +3 -105

Cleveland -3 -105

@

Oct 31st, 1:00 PM

Philadelphia -4 -111

Detroit +4 -111

@

Oct 31st, 1:00 PM

Carolina +2.5 -111

Atlanta -2.5 -111

@

Oct 31st, 4:05 PM

New England +5.5 -110

LA Chargers -5.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 4:05 PM

Jacksonville +3.5 -112

Seattle -3.5 -112

@

Oct 31st, 4:25 PM

Washington +3.5 -116

Denver -3.5 -116

@

Oct 31st, 4:25 PM

Tampa Bay -4 -111

New Orleans +4 -111

@

Oct 31st, 8:20 PM

Dallas -2.5 -110

Minnesota +2.5 -110

@