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Giants news, 11/23: Giants a “much different team” than first time they faced the Eagles

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. The day treated the Giants well, with the victory by the Dallas Cowboys over the Washington Redskins helping to keep an improbable NFC East title run within reach.

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Pat Shurmur: Giants, Eagles both “different”

In their first meeting the Eagles destroyed the Giants, winning 34-13. In the six weeks since, the Giants have made several lineup adjustments that have paid off and have won their last two games.

“We’re a much different team in a lot of ways. We found a way to have two good team victories the last two weeks, so we’re doing some things as a team better, not near good enough yet, but we are different. We have some new faces in there certainly, so yeah we are different,” Shurmur said. “They’re different. That’s why this is fun. Even though you play a team twice a year, if you play them early and you play them late, they can be two different scenarios really. I’m looking forward to it.”

Eagles coach Doug Pederson acknowledged this week that the Giants look better on offense.

“Eli (Manning) is in rhythm. He’s getting the ball out. He’s still a tough quarterback, and he’s a very good quarterback, and an efficient quarterback,” Pederson said. “Of course, you see the big plays with (WR Sterling) Shepard, just a catch-and-run. We know what Odell can do down the field, and also underneath with the ball in his hands. They’re playing well right now, and playing well at the right time. So, it’s definitely a challenge.”

The Giants themselves feel like a better team.

“Obviously we’re playing better football right now,” Manning said. “We’re finishing drives, we’re – I think after a short week, we had some guys banged up [for the first Eagles game] with Evan [Engram] and Rhett [Ellison] at the tight end position, so I think also just with some receivers that we added since then. I think we’re running the ball better than we did, so I feel like we’re playing better football, but we got to continue doing that. They’re a good team, they’re a good defense, they’ve got a good front four and they’re a little banged up in the secondary, but they’ll have a good plan and we’ve just got to go execute.”

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