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Five Giants to Watch Vs. The Eagles (Sept. 30): Fan's Take

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There's no denying it. Over the last few years, the Philadelphia Eagles have owned the New York Giants. The Eagles have defeated the G-Men in seven of their last eight meetings. However, seven of the last 10 games have been decided by eight points or less. Thus, these five Giants could make the difference when these two evenly-matched teams meet on Sunday, September 30 (8:20 p.m. EDT).

Jason Pierre-Paul (DE) -- Pierre-Paul, who had three sacks against Philly last season, must be licking his chops. Third-string left tackle Demetress Bell is all that stands between him and quarterback Michael Vick. Moreover, the Eagles have allowed nine sacks and 28 QB hits so far this season.

Ramses Barden (WR) -- Can he do it again? Last week, Barden exploded for 138 yards on nine catches filling in for Hakeem Nicks, who is listed as doubtful against Philly. Another solid game from Barden may open up the field for Victor Cruz, who kills the Eagles, and the Giants' offense.

Martellus Bennett (TE) -- With Nicks hurting, the Eagles will be able to focus on Victor Cruz and Ramses Barden. But Eli Manning has developed chemistry with Bennett, who has 15 catches for three touchdowns. Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks will spy Bennett in a key match-up.

Osi Umenyiora (DE) -- LeSean McCoy may want to stop calling out Umenyiora. The Giants' defensive end has more career tackles and sacks versus the Eagles -- 50 and 11.5, respectively -- than against any other team. However, he didn't record a sack against Philly last season in one game played.

Prince Amukamara (CB) -- With rookie Jayron Hosley out, Amukamara is in line for his first career start. And you can bet the Eagles will test him. Philadelphia's eighth-best passing offense features DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. Can Amukamara take one of them away?

Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.

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