New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles continue their rivalry as they meet in the Meadowlands. The Giants are -3.5 point favorites over the Eagles with an over/under point total set at 47.5.
The New York Giants lead the NFC East but after last week’s loss at San Francisco the lead has shrunk to just a game over the Dallas Cowboys. QB Eli Manning has completed 63.1 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Ahamad Bradshaw is questionable for this one as he has a cracked bone in his foot but either way we’ll still see plenty of Brandon Jacobs though Bradshaw averages nearly a yard more per carry. Victor Cruz has emerged as a major target with 40 catches and four touchdowns as defenses concentrate on stopping Hakeem Nicks who also has 40 catches and four touchdowns. The Giants’ defense allows 358.9 points per game and 23.4 points while they also have 30 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries, and 11 interceptions. Antrel Rolle has 60 tackles, Jason Pierre-Paul has 9.5 sacks, and Corey Webster has four interceptions. New York is 1-1 in the division and with the race tightening up this one is as always a big one for them.
The Philadelphia Eagles are this year’s most disappointing team in the NFL and need an epic run going forward to even have a chance at the playoffs. Michael Vick played most of last week’s loss with two broken ribs and he’s questionable for this one but so far this year he has completed 60.3 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. LeSean McCoy is having a monster year running the football with 906 yards and 10 touchdowns while catching 31 passes and scoring two more touchdowns. Jeremy Maclin has a nagging hamstring injury and DeSean Jackson missed last week’s game after missing a team meeting and being forced to sit out. The Eagles’ defense allows 339.6 yards per game and 22.6 points and they have 26 sacks, four fumble recoveries, and 10 interceptions. Jamar Chaney has 59 tackles, Jason Babin has nine sacks, and Kurt Coleman and Nnamdi Asomugha have three interceptions each. It is getting past must win time for Philadelphia.
New York is 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine home games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven against the NFC East, and 1-4-1 against the spread following a loss. Philadelphia is 13-5 against the spread as a road underdog, 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 against the NFC, and 1-4 against the spread when playing a team with a winning record. The road team has covered in seven of the last nine meetings of these two.
These teams know each other well and have been assembled with beating each other in mind and that makes for a hard fought tough game, one where I see points being tough to come by. With the total set at 47.5 I see it coming in under the number.