Everything to know heading into Eagles’ Week 18 matchup vs. Giants

The Eagles (13-3) are playing their final regular season contest at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday and they’ll need to defeat the Giants (9-6-1) to maintain the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC.

All eyes will be on Philadelphia’s Pro Bowl quarterback Jalen Hurts during warmups, and the expectation is that he’ll start for the first time since suffering a shoulder sprain in the win over Chicago.

The Giants are expected to rest key starters on both sides of the football, but it’ll be the Eagles who need to be most efficient on Sunday.

With kickoff fast approaching, here is everything we know.

Jalen Hurts is back

BEREA, OH – AUGUST 18: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus on August 18, 2022 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

After missing two games with a shoulder injury, Jalen Hurts is slated to start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in the team’s season finale according to The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.

The Birds released their final injury report of the regular season, and the Pro Bowl quarterback was listed as questionable for Sunday afternoon’s must-win matchup against the Giants.

Jonathan Gannon a strong candidate for Texans job if Lovie Smith is fired

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According to Aaron Wilson, Gannon will be a name to watch if Houston moves on from Lovie Smith after one season.

Houston is 2-13-1 on the season and with another opportunity for the NFL Draft’s top pick, and according to Wilson, the feelings are mutual.

Gannon could possibly assemble an experienced staff with his connections to former Colts coach Frank Reich and Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson…

Gannon “knocked it out of the park” and “crushed” his meetings with NFL teams, impressing them with his knowledge, creativity, detailed plans about strategy and staff, and his passion for the game, according to league sources.

Giants resting key starters

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The Giants are set to rest several key starters and their backup quarterback in the Week 18 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

A former third-round pick of the Giants in 2017, Webb has spent this season on the practice squad and turned down an opportunity to sign with the Dolphins in Week 18, just so he could showcase his talents against the Eagles.

While each team has clinched a berth in the playoffs, the Eagles will look to secure both the NFC East and the NFC’s top playoff seed with a win.

The Giants are locked into the No. 6 seed no matter the result.

Keys for Eagles offense vs. Giants in Week 18

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For Philadelphia the recipe is simple.

Sanders has 1,236 rushing yards (5th NFL) and offensive coordinator Shane Steichen has to feature his explosive running back.

Philadelphia split up the snaps against the Saints and they’ll need to return back to the ground and pound gameplan that netted offensive dominance early on in the season.

A solid run-pass ratio is a must on Sunday, and that should include Sanders early on against a Giants defense that’ll be resting key starters.

Story originally appeared on Eagles Wire