By Mark Gallagher

The Eagles will be facing their old foe Eli Manning at quarterback for the Giants tonight at the Linc.

Manning hasn’t played this season since his last start in a Week 2 loss to the Bills.

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula says Manning has a familiar gleam in his eye.

“He looks good,” Shula told reporters via team transcript. “He’s had a good week. He always has a good look in his eye. He’s been great for me as a coach, to be around. I’ve learned a lot from him. I look forward to watching him on Monday night.”

The Giants (2-10), hapless to the tune of a league-long eight-game losing streak, will look to play spoilers as the Eagles (5-7) aim to stay afloat in the shallow end of the NFL known as the NFC East.

Manning hasn’t quarterbacked the Giants to a victory since Week 14 of a season ago, bringing in an individual five-game losing streak as a starter. And, of course, he hasn’t quarterbacked at all since September, though rust isn’t a concern of his OC.

“Obviously, he’s practiced every day,” Shula said. “He’s gotten himself ready mentally and physically. It’s just a matter of getting back out there.”

As for the play-calling, there shouldn’t be much that changes — other than one, huge glaring change with the younger, fleet-footed Jones out and the 38-year-old Manning in.

“We might not have him running the ball like we did with Daniel,” Shula said. “But other than that, really nothing.”

Many will scoff at the two-win Giants facing a below-.500 Eagles squad in prime time. After all, the Giants really have nothing more to play for than pride and to end their losing streak.


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