Giants vs. Eagles SNF Preview, Expert Picks, Score Prediction
The NFC East is all of a sudden shaping up to be one of the best divisions in the game. That makes this game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles all the more important, as the winner will likely end up being in first place in the division when it’s all said and done with. The men from the City of Brotherly Love are 2.5-point favorites, while the ‘total’ for Sunday Night Football is one of the higher numbers we’ve seen all season at 50.
EAGLES – GIANTS 2014 SUNDAY NIGHT WEEK 6 LINE:
1. Why the NY GIANTS will cover the spread: At some point, luck has to run out for the Eagles. They’ve recovered five fumbles in five games this year, and they have scored seven TDs on defense and special teams. That’s just an insane number for an entire season, let alone just for a third of the campaign. On top of that, the Giants have really started to get this West Coast offense moving.
QB Eli Manning has posted a QB rating of at least 100 in three straight games, and he is on a really hot streak. WR Odell Beckham Jr. is the real deal, and he could be the difference maker of this offense now that he has recovered from his hamstring injury.
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2. Why the EAGLES will cover the spread: With an offensive line that is improving game by game, we know that it is only a matter of time until RB LeSean McCoy ends up with a heavier workload and more success. McCoy will eventually start to get going at some point, and if that turns out to be the case, this could be a long day for this defense. For as lucky as the Eagles have been scoring defensively and on special teams, their secondary has been beaten up for little reason.
Sure, no quarterback has posted lower than an 80 quarterback rating against this unit this year, but because of the non-offensive scores, the defense has been on the field a ton, and teams have been chasing games. The Eagles are better defensively than they have shown.
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3. Total Talk: Two of the last three games in this series have flown past the ‘total’, and the one that didn’t was the meeting these two teams had last year in the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles were held without an offensive point because QB Matt Barkley was stuck playing most of the game. Take that away though, and history suggests that this could be a high scoring game.
4. Betting Trends for EAGLES/GIANTS: The Eagles have owned this series of late from a betting standpoint. Take out that game where QB Michael Vick got hurt (while Nick Foles was already nursing an injury), and the Eagles are 9-2 SU and ATS in the 11 games in this series since the end of the 2011 season. It should also be noted that the Giants have been killed in their last three games against teams which won at least 10 games a season ago.
Eagles 24 – Giants 19