Thursday Night Football is expected to kickoff in Philadelphia after it was cancelled last week. The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills ultimately played on Monday, but they had to wait it out over the weekend to receive the greenlight. The Week 7 edition of Thursday Night Football appears good to go, though. I didn’t care much for Thursday night football years ago when they started this series, but it felt weird without football on a Thursday night last week. The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to get Week 7 started in the NFL at Lincoln Financial Field.
Believe it or not, but the Eagles can move into first with the Dallas Cowboys with a win on Thursday night. With the Cowboys leading the AFC East with a dreadful record of 2-4, the Eagles can advance to 2-4-1 if they find a win at home against the Giants. Meanwhile, the Giants are still alive and kicking with a record of 1-5.
Even the terrible Washington Football Team at 1-5 are in the mix. In other words, there’s a chance that a team goes to the playoffs with a record below the .500 mark this season. None of these teams look like a playoff worthy team, especially with the embarrassing performance that the Cowboys put on display on Monday night. A team will likely step up, but it feels like a tortoise race at this point.
The Eagles are coming off a 30-28 loss against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon. No fault in that effort by the Eagles, as they went toe-to-tie with a Super Bowl contender. You can’t fault the Eagles there, but a loss is a loss and they’re staring at a record of 1-4-1 going into this matchup.
Conversely, the Giants were slim winners over Washington by a score of 20-19 last week. They got ahead early 10-0 in the first quarter and just about gave that lead up. Thanks to the rest of the division being so terrible, the Giants are still in this race, kind of. I’m not going to go big on this game tonight, but hopefully can build the bankroll with some prop winners. Head below for our free Giants vs. Eagles prop picks for October 22, 2020. If you want more picks, check out our breakdown for the point spread for this matchup.
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Travis Fulgham Receiving Yards
An unlikely receiver has developed into Carson Wentz’s favorite target in the offense. Travis Fulgham, who was drafted in the sixth round by the Detroit Lions out of Old Dominion last year, is making a name for himself in Philadelphia with the Eagles. His route running and physical ability in going up and fighting for balls has been A+.
The Lions gave up on Fulgham after just one year and the Eagles are reaping the benefits. Fulgham has scored a touchdown in each of his first three games with the Eagles. He joins Terrell Owens as only the second Eagle since 1970 to have a touchdown in his first three games.
Wentz has quickly caught on to Fulgham and they’ve had a nice connection together. Note that Wentz’s passer rating when targeting Fulgham is a perfect 158.3. When he targets other members of the offense, his passer rating drops to 64.6.
DeSean Jackson is making his return this weekend, but will likely be on a pitch count, and Wentz will continue to feed Fulgham who he feels the most comfortable with right now. He may even take some defensive attention away from Fulgham in the secondary.
Fulgham has been targeted by Wentz a whopping 23 times the last two weeks. He had 16 receptions and 227 receiving yards against the Steelers and Ravens. In three games, Fulgham is already up to 284 yards and 18 receptions. He should see enough opportunities in this game to record at least 60 yards on Thursday night.
Carson Wentz Passing Touchdowns
Carson Wentz has been the subject of much criticism in Philadelphia. He was a turnover machine through the first five weeks. Wentz threw a total of 10 interceptions in five games. It seems that as soon as Travis Fulgham entered the offense, Wentz started to heat up and began to find the end zone and limit the mistakes.
Wentz wasn’t the reason why the Eagles lost last week against the Ravens. He threw for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. It was the first game in 2020 that Wentz didn’t throw an interception, and the second straight game that he connected for 2 touchdowns in each outing.
Along with getting a weapon back in DeSean Jackson back in the lineup tonight, the offensive line will be in better shape on Thursday night as well. Lane Johnson is scheduled to make his return against the Giants. Wentz has been pressured often this season, and Johnson back on the line should help in that regard. Look for Wentz to throw a couple of strikes in the end zone on Thursday night.
Boston Scott Rushing Yards
Boston Scott will assume the starting duties for the Eagles in the backfield with Miles Sanders officially out of this game. Scott is not going to get the full complement of the carries, though. He will likely share carries with Corey Clement, along with Jason Huntley to some extent. The 25-year-old has never been used in a feature role in his career, so this will be his first audition. He didn’t receive a carry as a rookie in 2018 in two games, and then had 61 attempts for 245 yards and 5 touchdowns last season.
Scott goes into Thursday having rushed for 67 yards on 21 attempts for an average of 3.2 yards per carry. His best outing in 2020 was in Week 1, with Scott gaining 35 yards on 9 carries. Since then, though, he’s averaged just 6.4 yards per game in five performances. Sharing time with Clement in the backfield isn’t going to help his chances of having a breakout game against the Giants. I will side with Scott falling UNDER 48 rushing yards. He likely comes a bit too short.