Leonard: 3 keys to a Giants win over the Eagles, including why Eli Manning must take advantage of downfield throws

Manning connected on eight passes that gained 20 or more yards Sunday in Carolina (57, 40, 33, 30, 28, 26, 22 and 20), after rarely connecting down the field to his receivers through four weeks. And the Giants snapped their drought of 37 games without scoring 30 points. The Eagles’ secondary is short-handed and struggling. Manning has had success throwing the ball and scoring touchdowns against Philly the last couple seasons, but the Eagles also have frequently turned Manning over. In their past four meetings, Manning is averaging 33 completions on 50.75 attempts (65% completion), 353.25 yards passing, 2.75 TD passes and 2.0 INTs per game. Sometimes the Eagles’ aggressive reads of Manning passes lead to turnovers. Other times, Manning and the Giants have used that against them, like making corner Jalen Mills bite on double moves. Pat Shurmur and Manning will have opportunities to push the ball down the field, but the quarterback has to take care of the ball, too. The Giants, believe it or not, are averaging more points per game (20.8, 23rd in NFL) than the Eagles (20.6 points per game, 25th in NFL), so there is an opportunity to repeat their Carolina output and get a win. Carson Wentz, back from last season’s torn left ACL, is starting his fourth game of the season at QB for Philadelphia after Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles handled the first two weeks.

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