Heading into the Week 3 Eagles-Giants game at Lincoln Financial Field last season, the Eagles were favored over the Giants, and at the time they were still thought by most people to be the favorite to win the NFC East. They had owned the Giants in recent years, having rattled off six consecutive wins over their division rival, with the latest victory being the totally demoralizing “Miracle at the Meadowlands” game, capped off by a DeSean Jackson punt return TD, which all but ruined the Giants’ season.
Heading into last night’s game, the Giants were favored over the Cowboys, with many people having the Giants slated to take the NFC East this season. In a similar way to the Eagles’ ownership of the Giants, the Giants swept the Cowboys last season, as they too won a crucial game on a game-ending play on special teams when Jason Pierre-Paul blocked Dan Bailey’s would-be game tying FG attempt.
Some other similarities:
Eagles-Giants Week 3 last year: With the score still 0-0, the Eagles were rolling right along, poised to take an early lead, making their way into the red zone, when a Michael Vick pass slipped through the hands of Steve Smith and into the hands of Aaron Ross for the interception.
Giants-Cowboys last night: With the score still 0-0, the Giants were in the midst of an impressive 58 yard drive inside the Cowboys’ 30, when rookie David Wilson coughed up the football, which the Cowboys recovered.
Eagles-Giants Week 3 last year: The Giants had a WR with 0 career TD receptions by the name of Victor Cruz that nobody ever heard of that went off for 110 receiving yards and 2 TDs.
Giants-Cowboys last night: Kevin Ogletree (also 0 career TD receptions coming into the game) went off for 114 yards and 2 TDs.
Eagles-Giants Week 3 last year: The Eagles’ best CB, Nnamdi Asomugha, was roasted by the above corresponding “no-name WR.”
Giants-Cowboys last night: The Giants’ best CB, Corey Webster, was roasted by the above corresponding “no-name WR.”
Eagles-Giants Week 3 last year: With a 1st and Goal at the 2, the Eagles ran the ball 3 times and couldn’t punch it in. Despite employing one of the best running backs in the league, they handed the ball… twice… to FB Owen Schmitt, and called a QB sneak with Michael Vick, who had earlier taken a shot to the head. Let’s just say Philly fans weren’t thrilled about the play calling there. They settled for 3.
Giants-Cowboys last night: With 1st and Goal from the 1, the Giants, despite not having shown any ability to gain yards on the ground, tried to punch it in on 1st and 2nd down. They lost 3 yards on those 2 plays. On third down, they passed, and Orlando Scandrick should have been flagged for defensive holding, but the officials missed the obvious call. They too settled for 3, and their fans were less than thrilled with the play calling on that series.
Eagles-Giants Week 3 last year: Eli Manning’s 2nd half numbers: 7 of 9, 111 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, perfect 158.3 QB rating
Giants-Cowboys last night: Tony Romo’s 2nd half numbers: 11 of 14, 185 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, perfect 158.3 QB rating
The only logical conclusion to be made here is that the Cowboys are going to win the Super Bowl.