Everything Eagles fans should know for Week 6 meeting with the Giants

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When the Eagles are on defense

Can the secondary contain Odell and company?

The Eagles secondary has been nothing short of shaky this season. Much of the criticism has been directed towards third-year cornerback Jalen Mills. Mills got beat once again on a double move in Sunday’s game but did make a few key pass breakups.

This issue with Mills is that he plays so far off of the wide receiver and he breaks on the first move the receiver makes. That explains why he is so good on breaking up short throws because of his physicality but is also why he is so susceptible to the double moves.

Opposite of him, Ronald Darby hasn’t been much better. It is going to be a tough task for Mills, Darby and possibly Sidney Jones to try to slow down Beckham. Watch out for some double moves by Beckham to try to beat Mills.

Can the defensive line slow down Barkley and get to Manning?

Obviously, the Eagles have to watch out for former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley has risen to expectations so far both as a runner and as a receiver.  On the ground, Barkley can be a problem, but where Barkley can really do damage is in space as a receiver. That is something, the Eagles linebackers are going to have to pay attention to. It may even be smart to put a faster safety on Barkley.

The Eagles do not blitz very much. So the pressure is on the front four to get pressure on Eli Manning. Manning has been under a lot of duress this season, and the Eagles defensive line is going to have to make that trend continue.

Manning is going to look to get the ball out of his hand quickly. If the Eagles can limit the quick throws, something they couldn’t do last week, and get to Manning, then they should be able to slow down the Giants offense. Something that may be tough to do with the Giants coming off of 31 points last week.