The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles will renew their long-standing rivalry on Sunday, September 30 at Lincoln Financial Field (8:20 p.m. ET). Although the Eagles have defeated the Giants in seven of the last eight meetings, most of the games were so close, one play made the difference. Thus, the G-Men must keep all eyes on these five difference-making Eagles.
DE Jason Babin -- Babin, who registered 18 sacks and 107 tackles in 2011, has 2.5 sacks through three games this season. However, he still can blow up a game as easily as one of New York's destructive defensive ends. Babin has 2.5 sacks in six career games against the Giants.
TE Brent Celek -- The Eagles' pass-catching tight end has 17 touchdowns over the previous three seasons, but none in 2012. The Giants hope to keep it that way. New York has done a decent job of managing Celek. In eight career games, he has 297 yards and three TDs against Big Blue.
QB Michael Vick -- Vick has thrown thrown six interceptions and lost three fumbles this season. But the Eagles' dynamic quarterback still has the ability to change a game with his arm or legs. New York has to figure out how to pressure him without losing containment. Philly has allowed nine sacks in 2012.
WR DeSean Jackson -- Jackson has just five touchdowns in his last 25 starts. But the speedy receiver is always one catch away from breaking off a big gain. And he has a been targeted a team-high 25 times this season. For the sake of Giants fans, I won't elaborate on his deadly punt return skills.
RB LeSean McCoy -- In two games against the Giants in 2011, McCoy rushed for 241 yards and a touchdown. Furthermore, has averaged 104 yards over the last four meetings with New York. However, if the Giants jump on the Eagles early on, they may be able to take him out of the game. Last week, McCoy had only 13 carries for 70 yards against the Cardinals (four in the first half).
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. You can follow Adam on Twitter @PegCitySports.Sources
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