Week 6 of the NFL begins on Thursday night with a big-time NFC East showdown between longtime rivals, the Giants and Eagles. It’s always special when these two teams square off against one another, and Thursday evening should be no different. Right now, the NFC East division is a bit of a mess – with none of the four teams really taking a hold of things with regard to the standings.
Entering this match-up, both squads head into this showdown with losing records, and you can certainly envision a scenario where a team wins this division with a losing record. Though it’s still early, both squads still obviously have heavy playoff hopes – and this game will go a long way. Read on below for a full analysis and betting prediction for this divisional showdown.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants Betting Odds:
Philadelphia Eagles -3 (+100)
@ New York Giants +3 (-120)
Over 44 (-110)
Under 44 (-110)
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants Pick:
Though Philly enters this game a bit banged-up without running back Jay Ajayi anymore, they are well-equipped with solid depth at that position. The duo of Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood are more than capable of filling the void, and they both should find some success this week as they take on more prominent roles in the Eagles’ offense.
The Eagles are better than their 2-3 record would indicate, and despite losing last week to Minnesota – they remain a very elite group, that has been plagued by careless mistakes at bad times. They’ve been sloppy which is to be expected after winning a Super Bowl, and the thinking here is that they snap out of their funk this week on primetime against a hated divisional rival.
Carson Wentz has gotten better by the quarter since his return, and he should continue to target his talented tight end Zach Ertz in this contest. New York doesn’t cover that position well at all because of such mediocre linebacker play, and Wentz should be able to exploit this and have this avenue available frequently on Thursday night.
The Giants will likely bring a ton of pressure, really testing out the knees of Carson Wentz. He can be elusive but we haven’t seen too much of that since his return. Instead, look for the Eagles to rely heavily on screen passes to their running back duo emerging from the backfield. Again, with the Giants’ linebackers – there will be opportunities for big gains here.
The Giants enter as a bit of a mess offensively, as their collection of talented playmakers certainly hasn’t lived up to its potential thus far. Odell Beckham Jr. is frustrated and it’s tough when you’re an elite receiver having Eli Manning throwing you the football. Manning is basically done and can’t be counted upon anymore. He makes mistakes regularly and though Philadelphia has a shoddy secondary right now – Manning isn’t consistent enough or quick enough to exploit this.
One area where I see this game really tilting to the Eagles’ favor is their pass rush against the Giants’ porous pass blocking. The G-Men just cannot stop other teams from feasting on Eli Manning, and I think the Eagles will be living in the backfield on Thursday Night Football. The Eagles boast an elite front seven that is as stingy a unit as there is. They won’t give up much on the ground to the elusive rookie Saquon Barkley, and as a result – look for the Eagles to turn the Giants into a pretty one-dimensional mindset in this contest.
If the Eagles can avoid making their usual game-changing mistake, they’ll find their way back into the win column. They are the more talented group and often times in these mid-week clashes, the team with more skill can win out, when preparation isn’t as emphasized. Though they haven’t looked good this year, they still have all of the pieces required to be up there with the NFL’s elite – and look for them to show that this week vs. the rival Giants.
PICK = Eagles -3 (+100)