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Thursday Night Football will be featuring two bitter NFC East rivals as the Philadelphia Eagles (5-9) play host to the visiting New York Giants (10-4) from Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia is out of the playoff race but are looking to end their current five-game losing streak against a New York Giants team that has won eight of their last nine games and have the second-best record in the NFC behind the division leading Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants have been to the playoffs since 2011. That year, they defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. A win tonight would punch the Giants ticket back to the playoffs and keep them in contention of claiming the NFC East.

The Giants defense has been a force to be reckoned with as opposing teams have only averaged 17.9 points a game against them, allowed only 90.1 rushing yards per game, forced 14 fumbles, recovered 11 fumbles and nabbed 13 team interceptions.

As efficient and effective of a defense in the lead as some of the best, the Giants have had quite a bit of added help on defense. One of those players is linebacker Keenan Robinson. Robinson was signed back in March and has been a productive player at the mid-level of the defense.

Robinson, a former Texas Longhorn and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention player that played his high school ball at Plano East, is fourth on the team in total tackles. He is credited with 45 solo tackles which is the fourth-best on the team. He has been a pivotal piece in defensive packages and has played a majority of the snaps for the Giants despite being plagued by injuries in years past.

Robinson is just one name on a revamped Giants defensive squad that features players such as Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins and Landon Collins. Expect the Giants to be relentless against rookie Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia offense as they look to stay in the race for an NFC East division title.

 

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