A huge divisional showdown goes down on Sunday of Week 9 as Carson Wentz and his Eagles travel to New York to take on the Giants. Both teams are hot on the tails of the division-leading Cowboys, and know that a win would be crucial for future playoff jockeying. Both squads enter with identical 4-3 records and in a competitive NFC, they can’t avoid any losses to divisional rivals.
Last week, Philadelphia lost a thriller in a tight overtime affair against Dallas. Philly did acquaint themselves well however, and showed a lot of fight in the process. They’ve clearly exceeded expectations this season. For the G-Men, they have won two straight contests but are returning from a prolonged absence following a win overseas in London. They do have some obvious holes, and it’ll be interesting to see if their rivals from Philly can exploit those on Sunday. This should be a very great match-up, one which features all kinds of interesting playoff implications. Read on below for a full game breakdown and prediction for Giants/Eagles!
Eagles vs. Giants Betting Odds:
Philadelphia Eagles +3 (-120)
@ New York Giants -3 (+100)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Eagles vs. Giants Pick:
Ever since Carson Wentz and the Eagles lost Lane Johnson from their offensive line, there have certainly been some tenuous moments for the group. Wentz hasn’t had nearly enough time and space within the pocket and as a result, his play has dipped somewhat. Granted he has played some talented stop units of late, and in going against the Giants, he likely won’t get those same experiences. New York has struggled so far in 2016 – especially in terms of getting to opposing quarterbacks and applying pressure. Expect more time and space for Wentz than what he’s been used to of late, and look for some more success from the rookie.
Look for Philly to have some success in moving the football on the road come Sunday. Though Wentz’s downfield options are limited and nobody really stands out in terms of talent, he does have solid pass-catchers out of his backfield and Zach Ertz remains an underrated tight end. The Giants’ linebacking crew ranks low in terms of coverage, so look for them to encounter all kinds of difficulty in keeping up with Darren Sproles and the big tight end.
For the G-Men, they too have some big issues in pass protection, likely explaining Eli Manning’s inconsistent results in 2016. At the moment their situation looks pretty extreme as the Giants are currently without competent blockers at both tackle positions. This is good news for the Eagles’ defensive line which enters in some great form. Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin are great pass rushers, and will face minimal resistance in attacking Manning. Don’t expect much time and/or space for him in the pocket. Manning is prone to errors and constant rushes and hurried situations could force him into turnovers on Sunday. Moreover, don’t look to the ground game to bail out the Giants – it’s anaemic. Rashad Jennings has been brutal this season, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry and the Eagles stuff the run quite well. Look for Philly to focus on pass coverage and an aggressive pass rush. If they can take away the aerial attack in a one-dimensional situation – look for the Eagles to control this match-up.
The current spread implies these teams are more or less equal, which I really disagree with. Philly enters in great form fresh off an impressive outing in Dallas last week – a game where they could have won. New York has been fortunate over the past two weeks, and they remain a team littered with flaws. The Giants can’t run or block and the Eagles are a team that can exploit this. Philadelphia has dominated this match-up in recent years, and look for that trend to continue on Sunday as the Eagles escape with an outright victory.
PICK = Eagles +3 (-120)