A huge NFC East showdown highlights the Week 6 edition of Monday Night Football as a surprisingly good New York Giants squad travels to the City of Brotherly Love to take on Chip Kelly and his inconsistent Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants enter Week 6 with a 3-2 record and with the volatility right now within the division, hovering around the .500 mark in late-December could get you into the post-season. Eli and his Giants squad weren’t at their best last week, but should be primed and ready for a huge divisional showdown on Monday Night Football. For Philly, lots of hoopla constantly surrounds this team. They’ve got an explosive offense but remain wildly inconsistent with it. After a solid outing last week vs. New Orleans, they’ll look to keep things rolling at home to the G-Men. This is always a can’t-miss match-up, so read on below for a detailed prediction and game analysis.
Giants vs. Eagles Betting Odds:
New York Giants +5.5 (-110)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -5.5 (-110)
Over 50 (-110)
Under 50 (-110)
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Giants vs. Eagles Pick:
For all the hype surrounding the Eagles and their fast-paced offense, the defense really should be the main focus of this team. Their offense has been inconsistent, but it’s clear that when it’s on, they can be very good. However what holds Philadelphia back from being a good, playoff-contending team, is the fact that they have glaring weaknesses within their defense. To be specific, their secondary is simply a disaster right now and can be exposed whenever a quarterback drops back – Eli Manning included. Byron Maxwell has been a bust of an acquisition from Seattle, and his teammates at corner haven’t been all that good either. Magnifying these issues is the Eagles’ pass rush, or lack thereof. Philly can’t get after opposing QB’s and look for Manning to have a ton of time and space in the pocket to pick apart this defense. It should be pointed out that New York allows the second-least sacks against so far in 2015. Even with injuries to Odell Beckham and Brandon LaFell, it’s expected the duo will still suit up, and should be able to get open in what is clearly a big mismatch.
With Philly on offense, it’s no secret as to how they move the football and why they can be successful at times. They’re loaded with an array of talented weapons, in Chip Kelly’s creative and fast-paced scheme. Defenses can’t react and catch-up to it, and the Giants will need to be sharp from the outset on Monday night. However, it really would be interesting to see just how great this offense could be if they ever got some protection from their offensive line. Philly has been brutal in this regard so far this season, and look for the Giants to finally experience some success in this category. If New York can get to Bradford and disrupt his timing, it’ll be great for their chances of pulling off the road upset. Finally, while the Eagles prefer to pass, that’s a good thing because they won’t be able to run on the G-Men who rank 3rd in run defense entering this game. Look for the Giants to be well aware of this and focus on stopping the pass and eliminating the deep threat. If they can make this talented offense one-dimensional, you’ve got to like the Giants chances of keeping this game close.
The Giants are definitely worth a look on MNF as a juicy road underdog. These two teams are equal at best right now, even factoring in injuries, and to see this line hovering around 5/5.5 is just silly to me. The Eagles are being overvalued due to throttling a spineless Saints defense in Week 5, and this is a game you can bet the Giants have had circled for some time. With the NFC East there for the taking, the Giants look the most capable group of seizing the moment. Look for a solid road outing from Tom Coughlin’s squad and don’t be surprised if they stun the masses in Philadelphia and escape with an outright victory.
PICK = Giants +5.5 (-110)