NFC East rivals square off in the Thursday night game this week as the Philadelphia Eagles meet the New York Giants. Philadelphia is a 3-point road betting favorite at sportbooks, but our against the spread pick is New York with the hope the number moves to 3.5. The total is at 45 points for this Eagles vs Giants betting matchup.
The Giants’ Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings, both thanks to huge upsets of the New England Patriots. Manning’s best days, though, are way, way behind him. Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz also has a Super Bowl ring from the Eagles’ upset of New England last season. Except, Wentz was on the bench then because of a torn ACL suffered late in the regular season. Backup Nick Foles led Philly to its first Super Bowl title and was named the game’s MVP.
Foles won’t see the field Thursday unless Wentz goes down. The Eagles swept the Giants last year, but failed to cover in either close game. Foles’ first start after Wentz’s injury was against the Giants at MetLife Stadium and he threw four touchdown passes. That really helped the Eagles believe they still had a realistic championship chance.
Philadelphia has won eight of the past 10 overall in the series. This is likely a reason why they’re favored in this Eagles vs Giants betting odds.
The Giants haven’t won a home game yet, but certainly won’t go 0-8 there. They also had an offensive breakthrough Sunday in a crushing 33-31 loss at Carolina on a 63-yard walk-off field goal. It was the first time New York reached the 30-point barrier since Tom Coughlin’s final game as head coach at the end of the 2015 season. Manning threw for a season-high 326 yards, along with two scores, but was picked off twice.
Saquon Barkley caught two TD passes as he continues to make a case for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. One of those was on a trick play pass from receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who also caught his first TD pass of the year. The Giants looked like a legitimate team for one Sunday, and it’s always to the home team’s benefit in these short turnaround Thursday games.
The Eagles might be dealing with a Super Bowl hangover as they already have matched last year’s loss total following Sunday’s 23-21 home defeat to Minnesota. The Eagles still haven’t topped 21 points in regulation yet this season – they scored at least 24 in 12 regular season games in 2017.
Carson Wentz is putting up solid numbers but his offensive line has sprung a leak as Wentz is under pressure all day. He also misses scatback Darren Sproles, who hasn’t played since Week 1 due to injury. Sproles is great on third down. Interestingly, Jay Ajayi called out the play-calling in Sunday’s loss publicly. He wanted to run the ball more, which makes sense since he’s a tailback. The Eagles ran it only 17 times for 81 yards. Perhaps Ajayi shouldn’t have fumbled at the goal line; maybe he would have gotten it more. Then, it was reported that Ajayi is out for the season with a torn ACL. Things aren’t looking good for the defending Super Bowl champions.
The Eagles vs Giants betting line opened at Eagles -2.5 at some books, and the total at 45.
October 9, 2018