Two struggling QBs meet when Eagles face Giants
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb's season has been disappointing and frustrating. It's been the same for Kerry Collins.
The two quarterbacks can commiserate when McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles meet Collins and the New York Giants in an important NFC East matchup Sunday. Both teams are 2-3 and desperately need a victory to avoid falling further behind in the division.
McNabb, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is the second-worst rated passer (54.2) in the NFL behind only Baltimore rookie Kyle Boller. Collins, coming off a career-year in which he passed for a team-record 4,073 yards, is 33rd with a 67.3 passer rating.
Neither player feels extra pressure.
"I've never doubted myself. I never say that I can't do anything," McNabb said. "When you get in the position that I'm in now, you sort of look back. You may watch some game film or you may have some guys talk to you about some different situations that you may go through. I can reflect back to a couple of years ago or last year to let me know that I'm fine."
The Giants aren't having trouble moving the ball, but they've been hurt by turnovers. They rank fifth in offense, averaging 355 yards per game, but they're 23rd in scoring, averaging 19 points per game. In their last two games, losses to Miami and New England, the Giants have 16 points.
In those games, Collins has thrown seven interceptions and the Giants have nine of their 15 turnovers.
"It has been frustrating," Collins said. "I felt like we have put some good drives together. We have moved the ball well at times, but the bottom line is scoring points and we haven't been doing that very well lately."
McNabb is 82-of-167 for 790 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. His completion percentage (49.1) is worst among all starting quarterbacks and his average yards per attempt (4.73) is second-worst to Boller.
He is playing with an injured right thumb that makes it difficult for him to grip the ball, and is bothered slightly by a sore ankle.
McNabb credits opposing defenses for playing the Eagles tougher than last season when Philadelphia set a club record with 415 points.
"Teams prepare for us a little bit differently," McNabb said. "We have been a little banged up on the offensive side. You have to give credit to some of the teams we've been playing."
Collins is 125-of-218 (57.3 percent) for 1,333 yards, six TDs and nine interceptions. He had 23 TDs and 15 interceptions in 17 games last year, including the playoffs.
In nine career games against Philadelphia, Collins is 165-of-272 (60.6 percent) for 1,904 yards, five TDs and one interception.
"We want to get better, play better," Collins said. "That is the attitude that we are all taking upon ourselves, and I think it is showing in practice. Guys are focused. I don't think anybody is down. I don't sense any huge amount of frustration from any of the guys so we will continue doing what we are doing."
McNabb is 3-0 in his last three starts against the Giants after losing his first three. In eight career games against New York, he is 103-of-209 (49.3 percent) for 1,123 yards, seven TDs, four interceptions and has been sacked 26 times. He also has 307 yards rushing and two TDs on the ground.
"He's been struggling and he's been injured, but he's still Donovan McNabb," Giants linebacker Brandon Short said. "You have to prepare for him like he is the best quarterback in the league."
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