The Philadelphia Eagles have clinched the NFC East and they now have their sights set on gaining homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Today, they look to take another step in that direction when they invade MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Eagles are off a huge 43-35 road win over the Rams, while the Giant fell to the Cowboys at home by a score of 30-10. The Eagles won this game at home earlier in the year by a score of 27-24.
Eagles Win Division, But Lose Wentz
The good news for the Philadelphia Eagles is that they have won the NFC East after topping the Rams on the road last week by a score of 43-35. The bad news for the Eagles is the fact that they have lost QB Carson Wentz for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Wentz has thrown for 33 TDs this year which is an Eagles’ franchise record and he was the frontrunner for the league MVP, so it will be tough for them to replace it. Tough, but not impossible as their backup is Nick Foles, who threw for 27 TDs and just two INTs for them back in 2013/14. Foles has plenty of weapons to work with including some outstanding WRs and a RB corp that is the deepest in the league. That offense put up 455 yards of total offense, including 139 yards on the ground and that ground game could have a field day against the Giants’ 31st run defense in the league. Jay Ajayi led the Eagles against the Rams with 78 yards, which was the 2nd most yards that he had as an Eagle since coming over in a trade with the Dolphins. He will need to have a big game to take some of the pressure off of Foles. The other thing that will help the Eagles in this one is their defense, which is among the best in the league and they will be facing one of the weakest offenses in the league. That defense struggled against the Rams, but it is hard to see them struggling in this one.
Philadelphia has been a very good offensive team this year as they enter this contest ranked 3rd in the league in total offense (390.5 ypg), 11th in passing (247.5 ypg), 2nd in rushing (243 ypg) and 1st in scoring at 31.1 ppg. On defense, they have been very good as well as they come in ranked 4th in total yards allowed (294.2 ypg), 13th against the pass (223.0 ypg) and 1st vs the run (71.2 ypg), while allowing just 19.2 ppg, which is 7th in the league.
Losing Continues For the Giants
The New York Giants have just two wins on the year. They have gone through the benching of Eli Manning and the firing of their head coach. Last week, that came out fired up in their game against the Cowboys and they played good early on, but the Cowboys wore then down in the end and it was the Giants’ 3rd loss in a row and their 11th of the year. They just don’t have the talent on either side of the ball to stay in the game against a quality opponent the whole game. The Eagles are a quality opponent, but they will be playing without Carson Wentz at QB, which could give them a bit of a boost in this one. In the loss to the Cowboys, they had 330 yards of total offense but just couldn’t muster more than the 10 points. Manning hit 31 of 46 passes for 228 yards with a TD, but he also threw INTs in the game. Manning has not had a good year overall as he has hit 63.0% of his passes for 2639 yards with 15 Tds and nine INTs. His QBR of 82.4 is 24th in the league. They need him to be much better, especially since they don’t have a run game that can help out. They also don’t have a defense as it has been among the worst in the league and allowed Dallas to roll up 454 yards of total offense, including 122 yards on the ground. That run defense has been one of the worst in the league and could have problems stopping the Eagles’ 2nd ranked running game. If they can’t stop the run, then it will be a long game for them as Foles has the ability to hit big plays downfield.
The Giants have been a very poor offensive team this year as they come into this game ranked 27th in the league in total offense (296.2 ypg), 22nd in passing (206.1 ypg), 28th in rushing (90.1 ypg) and 31st in scoring at 15.3 ppg. On defense, they have been very poor as well as they come in ranked 32nd in total yards allowed (395.7 ypg), 31st against the pass (265.7 ypg) and 31st vs the run (130.0 ypg), while allowing 24.7 ppg, which is 26th in the league.
- 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a straight up win
- 7-1 ATS in their last eight vs. the NFC
New York is:
- 2-8 ATS their last 10 home games in this series
- 0-5 ATS their last five games vs the NFC.
The Eagles may be in trouble as they have lost Wentz to a season-ending ACL injury. He will be missed and had he stayed healthy, he could have won the MVP of the league. He still may, but he will not be apart of their postseason run as the team is now in the hands of Nick Foles, who is a capable backup. Remember that back in 2013/14 he played for the Eagles and had 27 TD passes to just two INTs. He can do more than enough damage against this weak giants. The Eagles run game should also have a good showing as it is 2nd in the league and the Giants are 31st in the league against the run. Getting that run game going will just make the job that much easier for Foles. The Eagles will be fired up for this game as they look to show the rest of the league that they will be just fine with Wentz out. The Giants just won’t have enough offense or defense to keep this one close. Eagles by at least 14 in this one.
Pick: Philadelphia -8.5
The Giants come in as one of the worst offensive teams in the league and they will be facing a Philadelphia defense that has been very strong this year. Still, I look for the Giants to put up some points in this one against a Philadelphia defense that struggled some last week. The Eagles will look much different o offense, but I really feel that Nick Foles will be able to move the ball in the offense, especially once that run game gets going. The Eagles will fire away on offense and will get plenty of points on this bad defense. I look for the Eagles to win this win by a score of 31-14 so take the Over in this one.