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Week 16 kicks off on Thursday night as the Philadelphia Eagles host the New York Giants (NBC, NFL Network, Twitter; 8:25 PM) in an NFC East showdown. The Giants, who have 10 wins for the first time since 2010, can clinch a playoff berth with a victory. New York defeated the Eagles 28-23 in Week 9 as QB Eli Manning passed for four touchdowns, including two to WR Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham, who has 85 receptions for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, joined John Jefferson (1978-1980) and Randy Moss (1998-2000) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three NFL seasons. Eagles QB Carson Wentz, the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, leads all rookies with 339 completions and ranks second with 3,385 pass yards and 13 touchdown passes, while LB Jordan Hicks is one of two NFL linebackers (Thomas Davis) with at least three interceptions (three) and a sack this season.
|REGULAR SEASON SERIES|
|STREAKS||4 of past 5|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Ben McAdoo: 1-0||Doug Pederson: 0-1|
|LAST WEEK||W 17-6 vs. Detroit||L 27-26 at Baltimore|
|LAST GAME||11/6/16: Eagles 23 at Giants 28. New York Giants QB Eli Manning passes for 257 yards & 4 TDs. Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has 2 TD catches.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/19/15: Eagles 27, Giants 7. Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray rushes for 112 yards & TD. Eagles CB Nolan Carroll has 17-yard INT-TD.|
|BROADCAST||NBC/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NYG), 81 (PHI). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (Phi).|
|PASSING||Eli Manning: 322-508-3491-25-13-89.3||Carson Wentz (R): 339-540-3385-13-13-78.5|
|RUSHING||Rashad Jennings: 154-497-3.2-2||Ryan Mathews: 137-615-4.5-8|
|RECEIVING||Odell Beckham Jr.: 85-1173-13.8-10||Jordan Matthews: 71-792-11.2-3|
|SACKS||Olivier Vernon: 8.5||Fletcher Cox: 6.5|
|INTs||Landon Collins: 5||Jordan Hicks, Rodney McLeod: 3|
|PUNTING||Brad Wing: 46.2||Donnie Jones: 45.4|
|KICKING||Robbie Gould: 30 (18/21 PAT; 4/4 FG)||Caleb Sturgis: 120 (24/25 PAT; 32/37 FG)|
GIANTS: QB Eli Manning has 559 pass yards (279.5 per game) with 6 TDs & 2 INTs for 94.9 rating in past 2 vs. Phi. Is 7th player in NFL history with 4,000+ career completions (4,017)…RB Rashad Jennings has 394 rush yards & 2 TDs in past 5 meetings…WR Odell Beckham Jr. has 26 receptions for 354 rec. yards & 4 TDs in past 4. Has 35 TD catches since 2014, most in NFL. Is 1st player in NFL history with 80+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. WR Sterling Shepard ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 592 rec. yards & ties for 2nd with 7 TD catches. WR Victor Cruz has 3 rec. TDs in 4 games at Phi...DE Olivier Vernon has 7.5 sacks in past 7. Has 2 sacks in past 3 vs. division. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had INT in Week 15. S Landon Collins is only player with 5+ INTs (5) & 3+ sacks (3). Leads NFC safeties with 108 tackles.
EAGLES: QB Carson Wentz ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 3,385 pass yards & 13 pass TDs. Has 88.5 rating in 6 career home games…RB Ryan Matthews has 5 rush TDs in past 6. RB Darren Sproles is only player in NFL history with 30+ rec. TDs (30), 20+ rush TDs (21), PR-TD (7) & KR-TD (2)…WR Jordan Matthews has 3 TD catches in past 4 vs. NYG. Has 26 receptions for 322 yards & 2 TDs in past 4 at home vs. division. In past 2 meetings, TE Zach Ertz has 17 receptions for 249 rec. yards (124.5 per game). Has 524 rec. yards (87.3 per game) in past 6 vs. NFC East…DT Fletcher Cox has 2.5 sacks in past 2. Has 6.5 sacks & FF in past 7 at home. LB Jordan Hicks had INT in Week 15. Has 5 INTs since 2015, tied for 2nd-most among NFL LBs. CB Nolan Carroll aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with INT.