This weekend the Eagles will kick off the second half of their 2020 season up in New York to finish their season series with the Giants. Every divisional game this year is more important than ones in years past, as it appears the four weak teams in the division can't beat opponents from outside of the division.
With this game being key in any potential tie-breakers, the Eagles will need every player to give 100% effort throughout all 60 minutes. Here are five particular players fans should keep an eye on in Sunday's game:
Edwards is coming off of the best game of his professional career - 13 tackles (one TFL) and a strip-sack that resulted in a defensive touchdown. Since Nate Gerry is temporarily out of the picture on injured reserve, this is Edwards' time to prove that he can be trusted as a full-time starting linebacker for the team. He passed his first test in the Cowboys game, now let's see if he can pass this test against the Giants.
Graham had a big game in the last Giants game as he came up with the strip-sack that secured an Eagles victory in the final minute of the game. With the Giants still dealing with poor play from their offensive tackles, BG can once again be a difference-maker in this matchup. He also has a personal goal of his right on the horizon -- he has never had a double-digit sack season in his career, and he is just 3.0 sacks away from achieving that. He'll want to inch closer to that goal by grabbing at least a sack or two on Sunday.
The type of production Fulgham is putting up this season hasn't been done by an Eagles wide receiver since Terrell Owens. He has done enough to earn all the offensive snaps he can handle, but with Alshon Jeffery set to return this week it will be interesting how Doug Pederson distributes the receiver snaps. Since they are both "X receivers", will Jeffery steal some of Fulgham's snaps? Will Pederson put them on the field simultaneously to create mismatches for the defense? Fans might scoff at Jeffery now given his age and his durability, but the guy was still producing at a high level the last time he was on the field (nine receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown in his last full game). We will have to see if Fulgham can keep the production up now with there being real competition behind him on the depth chart.
Miles Sanders should be fully healthy for this game, and he'll be expected to handle the bulk of the running back snaps. However, Boston Scott has been a bonafide Giants Killer in his time with the Eagles (159 rushing yards, 199 receiving yards, five total touchdowns in three games against New York). With a history of success against the Giants, will he share a running back role with Sanders? Or will he only be called into the game to give Sanders a breather when necessary?
Wentz's best game so far in 2020 came against the Giants (25/33, 359 yards, three total touchdowns, one interception). He'll have to duplicate that type of production for Eagles fans to start believing in him (and this team) again. This team will only go as far as Wentz leads it, and with the team starting to get healthy, he won't have many excuses left if he continues to underperform in the second half of the season.