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Giants and Eagles face off in key NFC East matchup

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Eli Manning showing a lot of improvement heading into MNF (1:17)

Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico break down the improvement they've seen from Eli Manning heading into the Giants' matchup against the Eagles on Monday Night Football. (1:17)

The New York Giants visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) in a key matchup in the NFC East race.

Entering play Monday night, the Eagles (2-3) are still the favorite to win the division, according to ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI), at 52 percent. The Giants (3-2) are next at 25 percent.

A win by the Eagles would make them even bigger favorites, while the Giants would fall behind the Dallas Cowboys. A win by the Giants, on the other hand, would flip the script, making them the favorites to win the East and dropping the Eagles into second.

Murray's productivity improving as of late

DeMarco Murray has struggled to start the season. In four games, Murray has 130 rushing yards on 49 carries, an average of 2.7 yards per carry. Among the 56 running backs with at least 25 carries this season, only Arian Foster (2.3) has a lower yards-per-carry average.

Murray has rushed for fewer than 100 yards in each of his four games this season, which matches his total from all of last season.

After averaging 0.5 yards per rush in his first two games, Murray has shown improvement in the past two games, averaging 4.3 yards per rush. He might have a challenge keeping up the increased production against a Giants team that has allowed 3.5 yards per carry this season, second-fewest in the league. (The Jaguars have allowed the fewest, at 3.4.)

In addition, the Giants have allowed an average of 1.8 yards before contact per carry, third-fewest in the league this season. Murray is averaging 1.5 yards before contact per carry this season, 51st out of the 56 running backs with at least 25 carries.

Murray will hope to channel his success against the Giants last season, rushing for at least 120 yards in both games when he was a member of the Cowboys. In the Super Bowl era, the only player to post three straight 120-yard rushing games against the Giants is Emmitt Smith between the 1993 and 1995 seasons.

Manning efficient despite heavy workload

Eli Manning's Total QBR of 68.7 is on pace to be his best in the 10 seasons of QBR data. His completion percentage (66.5 percent), touchdown-to-interception ratio (5.0) and sack percentage (2.0 percent of dropbacks) would also be career bests.

Interestingly, Manning is doing this while averaging 39.4 passes per game this season, the fourth-highest rate in the NFL entering Week 6. The most passes per game by a Giants QB in one season (minimum 200 attempts) was set by Kerry Collins, who averaged 38.5 in 2003.

Manning's success is partially due to his facing pressure on 14 percent of his dropbacks, the lowest rate in the league this season. This could continue on Monday night, as the Eagles are getting pressure on opposing passers on 16 percent of dropbacks, the lowest rate in the NFL.

Quick hitters

The Giants have scored at least 20 points in all five games this season. They have not started a season with six straight 20-point games since 2009.

The Giants have given up 64 points in the fourth quarter, which was 13 more points than any other team entering Week 6. It’s the most fourth-quarter points allowed by the Giants through their first five games in the Super Bowl era.

The Eagles have not allowed a 100-yard rusher since Frank Gore in Week 4 of 2014, a streak of 17 games. That's the second-longest active streak behind the Atlanta Falcons (18 games). The last Giants player to rush for 100 yards in Philadelphia was Brandon Jacobs, who ran for 126 in Week 10 of the 2008 season.