On the defensive side of the ball the Giants are preparing for a potentially new scheme with the recent departure of Chip Kelly. Steve Spagnuolo knows he can’t fully predict the altercations in the Eagles’ scheme.
“…That’s the guessing game right now. But I can’t imagine they change too much. There will be a couple of wrinkles here and there…Maybe two years working with Pat in St. Louis will help.”
Spagnuolo actually hired Shurmur when he was the head coach of the Rams to be his offensive coordinator, and Shurmur eventually went on to be a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns. His previous experience with Sam Bradford could allow the duo to stir up some deceptive offensive looks this week, but Spagnuolo believes that the focal point of the Eagles offense will be what it has been all season; the run game.
“When they run the football effectively, that’s when they’ve won, that’s when they’ve been real effective on offense…They get that going and then it opens up a lot of things behind them.”
Stopping the run will be the major point of emphasis for a Giants defense that has been very lack luster on the season. The defense hopes to get a spark from JPP once again, who will be playing in his eighth game this season on Sunday. JPP is still slightly handicapped from playing with a club on his right hand.
“He seems to be figuring it out,” Spagnuolo said of JPP. “He’s got two fumble recoveries with the club. Maybe he’ll have an interception this week.”
Manning and Odell will be looking to bounce back and bolster their reputations, while the defense will be oriented around stuffing the run in the Giants mutual season-ending divisional matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.