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First, the Eagles played down in the 2020 season finale versus the Washington Football Team in a game in which the Giants needed them to be more competitive in to have a chance ant winning the NFC East title.
Then, last week at the NFL draft, Philadelphia leapfrogged the Giants, jumping from pick No. 12 to pick No. 10 in a trade with Dallas to ace the Giants out of the Heisman Trophy winner, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith.
Yet, in NFL.com’s Top 10 Games to Watch of the 2021 Season, analyst Nick Shook lists the Giants-Cowboys first matchup as the top NFC East game to watch.
9) New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
This meeting is all about the returns. For the Giants, it’s the return of Saquon Barkley following an ACL injury that ended his 2020 season prematurely. And for the Cowboys, it’s the comeback of quarterback Dak Prescott, whose close to fully recovered from the devastating leg injury he suffered in Week 5. It’s about getting down to business (especially now that Dak’s handled his) for two teams that have the potential to make the playoffs this season. Which team is closer to its goal? Which returning player ends up being more important to his team’s fortunes? Is this NFC East rivalry about to be renewed with full strength in 2021?
That’s very interesting as well, but for Giant fans, it’s the Eagles who they want the most. Sure, the Giants would love to go 6-0 in the division and Dallas is also a heated rivalry, but this year the Eagles game will have the most juice because of what transpired over the last six months.