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The New York Giants need an inside offensive line to step up ahead of a crucial Week 14 encounter with the Eagles

August 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Nick Gates (65) blocks against the New England Patriots during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have a big problem with their offensive line. Right now, the Giants’ offensive line looks like a sandwich of two beautiful King’s Hawaiian brownies that combine three layers of rotten meat and cheese. The Donuts are young, talented Big Blue offensive tackles booking an offensive line that currently has three underperforming offensive inside linemen, or in other words, three layers of rotten meat and cheese. As the Big Blue prepares for a crucial Week 14 matchup with the 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles, they need the inside line to step it up.

The New York Giants’ inside offensive line needs to step up in Week 14

On the heels of a disappointing Giants tie in Week 13 with leaders and a stellar defensive front, the Big Blue are poised to take on a forward line arguably better than Washington’s in Week 14. The Philadelphia Eagles are the best team in the NFL. Now, defending them is a great reason why. Philadelphia has a dangerous defensive front that is sure to spell some serious trouble for the New York Giants offensive line.

The Giants suffered poor performance from all 3 inside offensive linemen in Week 13. Right guard Mark Glowinski left 2 sacks and 3 pressures in the tie against Washington. Left guard Nick Gates gave up 2 pressures, 2 paces and committed 1 penalty. Center Jon Feliciano played a clean game on pass protection, giving up 0 pressures and 0 sacks, but his unsportsmanlike 15-yard run looked like a sore thumb as it had violent and devastating ramifications on the Giants’ game score.

This season, the Giants’ active offensive linebackers surrendered 64 pressures and 10 sacks. Glowinski alone is responsible for 27 of those pressures and 5 of those sacks and is now preparing to take on a fierce defensive line that includes Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Brandon Graham and Josh Sweet. If the Giants want to upset Philly, Glowinski can’t pull off a multi-sack, multi-pressure performance.

John Feliciano gave up the second most pressure of the year, surrendering 18 in the 11 games he played. At left guard, Nick Gates and Joshua Izodu surrendered 4 pressures in 5 games and 15 pressures in 9 games, respectfully.

The Philadelphia Eagles defense notched a ridiculous 42 sacks over the first 13 weeks of the season (second best in the NFL). Conversely, the Big Blue surrendered a total of 37 sacks on the season (5th in the NFL). After being fired four times in Week 13, Daniel Jones will hope to see improved performance outside of his offensive line as he prepares to take on the Eagles’ high-flying defense.

Week 14 will be crucial for the New York Giants. At 7-4-1, the Giants were barely in the playoff picture. The Big Blue has only one win in their last five competitions. An upset victory over the Eagles in Week 14 is exactly what the Giants need to turn their season around and steer the ship into the postseason. But this team will go as far as their offensive line will allow.

Andrew Thomas was a Giants stud this year. Evan Neal struggled early on but was starting to find success. Now, it’s time for the inside offensive linemen to live up to Andrew Thomas, or at least Evan Neal.

The road to the playoffs will be tough for the New York Giants, especially considering their team opponents’ track record. But a solid win over the Eagles on Sunday will go a long way toward their first playoff appearance since the 2016 season.

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