Giants Seek Redemption in Crucial Christmas Day Clash Against Eagles

Giants Seek Redemption in Crucial Christmas Day Clash Against Eagles


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Saquon Barkley is enjoying a trip down the New Jersey Turnpike to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Answering the Eagles (10-4) is always a challenge. Driving into Lincoln Financial Field, fans are yelling and throwing things at the New York Giants team bus, and it’s just the polite thing to do. It will be a tough battle on the field against an NFC East rival.

The problem for the star Giants running back and his teammates is that the last decade has been one fruitless trip after another. The Eagles have won their last 10 home games against New York (5-9) and 16 of 19 overall.

They won all three last season, including winning the NFC division in the playoffs. “I don’t think it sits well with anybody, andquot; Barkley said Thursday.

andquot;I don’t think it sits well when you’ve been here a long time, especially the guys that have been here the longest, (wide receiver) Shep (ard Sterling ), I.

We hate to say that we don’t want to answer the questions “What would it feel like to win in Philly” or not win in Philly. We’re sick of it.” The only way that will change is if the Giants beat the Eagles on Christmas Day. But that’s a big question. The Giants#039;

Playoff chances took a big hit last weekend when the Saints beat them in New Orleans. Despite already clinching a postseason berth, the Eagles lost their previous three games. Barkley said Philadelphia and the losing streak will not come into the game on Monday.

The Eagles are loaded on both sides of the ball. “Regardless of what’s happened the last three games, they’re still a great team, they’re one of the best teams in the NFL,” Barkley said.

“You know the environment is going to be – it’s going to be a tough game and I said if we want to win we have to play our best ball.” The Giants haven’t done much offensively this season.

Last week was the fourth time this season they didn’t score a touchdown. Barkley was limited to 14 yards rushing on nine carries and two receptions for 23 yards. He was 31-of-62 in a 24-6 loss to the Saints. “Last week, my rushing percentage probably wasn’t that high,” said the 2018 No. 2 overall pick.

“I think that might have made a difference — and the game kind of went away. I don’t play those situations a lot, you can watch Dallas, you can watch any game I’ve actually been in. , But I haven’t made too much of it, I just do what I’m asked.

The Eagles had Matt Patricia on defense last week and replaced coordinator Sean Desai. While Barkley said there are some differences in play calling, he pays more attention to individual players because he understands Philadelphia’s defensive scheme. Barkley enters the game needing 203 yards for his second straight 1,000-yard game.

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