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Eagles look to snap home losing streak

October 26. 2013 10:27PM
ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer


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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t won a home game since the New York Giants last visited the Linc.

That was 13 months ago.

The Eagles (3-4) will try to snap a franchise-worst, nine-game losing streak at home when the Giants (1-6) return to Philadelphia on Sunday.

“It’s tough, but we know our fans are still behind us,” linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. “We’re not getting it done at home right now and that’s disappointing not to win games when you have the home-field advantage. We have to do a better job of winning the games at home.”

With first place in the NFC East at stake last week, the Eagles turned in their worst offensive performance since the final game of 2009 when the division was on the line and they lost 24-0 at Dallas. It was the Cowboys who became the first team to shut down Chip Kelly’s prolific offense in a 17-3 win over the Eagles last Sunday.

San Diego and Kansas City have also won games in Philadelphia this year. The Giants haven’t won much of anything, however. They avoided an 0-7 start by defeating Minnesota 23-7 Monday night in Josh Freeman’s nightmarish debut as Vikings quarterback.

“I just wanted to get that winning feeling back,” said two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, who has an NFL-worst 15 interceptions. “You work so hard each and every week and you try to have a good game. You keep playing and you go and compete hard and try to make plays, and feel like you put a lot of work into it, and not always get the results that you want. If we do the right things, it will come around.”

Michael Vick should be under center for the Eagles after missing the last 2½ games with a hamstring injury. Nick Foles sustained a concussion against the Cowboys after a dismal performance.

Though they’re only ranked 21st against the run, the Giants have fared well against some of the top backs in the league. They’ve held LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson to under 67 yards rushing each. McCoy, who leads the NFL with 685 yards on the ground, had a season-low 46 yards on 20 carries vs. the Giants three weeks ago.

Former Eagles Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins, along with 350-pound Shaun Rogers and Linval Joseph, are the Giants’ defensive tackles.

“You’ve got four big bodies inside that aren’t what we normally see in this league,” Kelly said. “Shaun Rogers is a big dude that can run. (Eagles offensive coordinator) Pat Shurmur said he looks like the state of Rhode Island out there when you look at the tape.”

Since allowing 52 points to Peyton Manning and the Broncos, the Eagles have held three straight opponents to 21 or less. The Cowboys were the second-highest scoring team in the league, but Philadelphia held them to 17.

Defensive coordinator Billy Davis asked for trust when his unit was struggling. They’re certainly getting better.

“I feel a lot more comfortable,” Davis said. “I think the players feel more comfortable in the calls. All of it is a growth that’s happening.”

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