Gunn on Eagles: 'I don't trust this team overall'
Brandon Boykin and the Eagles held Victor Cruz to five catches for 48 yards in Week 5. (USA Today Images)
Looking at the keys to the Eagles' matchup against the New York Giants on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field:
• I’m looking forward to seeing if Brandon Boykin can make it a repeat performance of shutting down Giants receiver Victor Cruz.
• The Birds' defense should be able to control the Giants' running game. If Brandon Jacobs is still nursing a hamstring injury, then they must rely on Peyton Hillis and rookie Michael Cox. Both played their first games of the season for New York this past Monday night against Minnesota.
• Did you know that cornerback Bradley Fletcher is tied for third in the NFL in passes defended with 12?
• The Eagles' offensive line has to do a better job of opening holes for LeSean McCoy to run.
• With that said, the Eagles still lead the league in rushing, averaging 165 yards per outing. However, their running game has clearly been in decline. Over their last five games, the Birds' rushing totals have looked like this -- 264, 166, 140, 138 and 84 yards.
• Michael Vick will give it a go, but cross your fingers and hold your breath every time he takes off to run. Hopefully for the Eagles, that hamstring will hold up.
• The Giants have lost eight straight road games, while the Eagles have lost nine straight at home. Something has to give. One of these two teams will have to talk about a drought no more.
• Wide receiver Riley Cooper has led the Eagles in receiving yards the past two games with 120 and 88 yards, respectively.
• Finally, if the Eagles lose to the Giants, will you officially give up on the season even though they would be 3-5 with eight games to play? The optimist would say there’s still a lot of football to be played and anything could happen in a weak NFC East. The pessimist would say losing at home to the Cowboys and Giants in consecutive weeks is enough to make one look for another sport to watch.