A key NFC East divisional showdown takes centre stage on Sunday Night Football of Week 6 as the 3-2 New York Giants travel to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles. By now, most causal football observers know that Philadelphia is a misleading 4-1 record, yet the betting public still fancies their chances on a week-to-week basis. Last week, they almost squandered away the game against a far inferior Rams squad, and it remains to be seen if the Eagles can maintain their record in spite of their play moving forward.
With the Giants, their slow start has become a thing of the past and they enter this game winners of three straight contests. Eli Manning looks like his brother, and the Giants and Tom Coughlin are starting to resemble the Super Bowl teams of years past. It’s a battle for the top in the NFC East on Sunday Night Football and we’ll keep you in the loop at The Sports Geek. Read on below for game analysis and our official betting wager for this divisional match-up.
Giants vs. Eagles Betting Odds:
New York Giants +3 (-130)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -3 (+110)
Over 51 (-110)
Under 51 (-110)
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Giants vs. Eagles Pick:
As mentioned above, the Eagles are punching far above their weight in 2014 and they continued to be overvalued because of their record. I’ve bet against them the past two weeks – both winners, and will continue to do so until the rest of the betting market catches up. Frankly put, this Eagles team could be 0-5 at the moment and that’s not an exaggeration. They’ve been brutal and they’ve continually gotten fortunate breaks to maintain their current misleading (but impressive) record.
Right now, Philly’s heralded offense is just ranked 23rd in overall efficiency. This is a startling ranking given where they were last season, and where the majority of football pundits expect a Chip Kelly-offense to be. The biggest problem for the Eagles is their offensive line is an absolute mess. With Evan Mathis and Jason Kelce out, Philly looks lost in pass protection and that’s been against teams with poor defensive line players. Tonight, they won’t be as lucky as the Giants boast a ferocious pass rush and will get at Nick Foles at will. Jason Pierre-Paul and Jonathan Hawkins are a formidable duo for the G-Men and will face little resistance to disrupting the Eagles’ offense. We all remember how bad the Philly offense looked when they faced the Niners defense, and this game could resemble that. The Giants have a legitimate stop-unit and expect the Eagles to really struggle to move the chains.
On the other side of the ball, Eli Manning is getting his swag back it would seem. The Giants’ offensive line issues appear to have been rectified, and Manning is enjoying the time and space in the pocket as a result. The former first-overall pick has barely been touched in his last three games and he’s been very effective as a result. This is great news as the Eagles have a horrific secondary. Neither of Philly’s cornerbacks can cover Odell Beckham or Reuben Randle, and Manning should be able to link up with them all evening long. Remember, Austin Davis went off last week for 375 yards, so how on Earth are they going to contain Eli and a legitimate passing attack?
The G-Men are the better team plain and simple. It’s about time the Eagles bubble bursts in a big way, and this stage might be the ideal time for it to pop. Their defense is brutal, their offense is misleading, and their success in 2014 has been fraudulent. The Eagles have covered only 8 of their past 31 games at home, while the Giants under Coughlin are 62% ATS away from the Meadowlands. Lay a bit of juice, take the Giants +3, and I’ll see you at the window Sunday night.
PICK = Giants +3 (-130)