New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles close out their 2012 NFL seasons as they face off on Sunday in New Jersey. The Giants are -9.5 point favorites over the Eagles with an over/under point total set at 47.
The New York Giants were hoping to defend their Super Bowl championship but they faltered down the stretch and it all came unraveled for them. The Giants will be looking to gain any kind of footing they can find as they have been blown out the past two weeks. Eli manning has completed 59.8 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while being sacked 18 times. Ahmad Bradshaw has averaged 4.4 yards per carry with five touchdowns and David Wilson is averaging 5.1 yards per carry with four touchdowns as the Giants have some decisions to make this off season. Victor Cruz has 82 catches and nine touchdowns, Martellus Bennett has 54 catches and five touchdowns, and Hakeem Nick has 53 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively the Giants allow 22.5 points per game, 130.4 rushing yards, and 257.4 passing yards with 20 interceptions and 32 sacks. Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn have 91 tackles each and Antrel Rolle has 90 tackles. The Giants need to stop the bleeding but overall there will be some changes in the off season.
The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the most disappointing teams in football this year and really the past two years and they will be drafting far higher than they are accustomed to in the next NFL Draft. Andy Reid is basically a lame duck coach at this point and it will be interesting to see where Philly turns as they seek out his replacement. Nick Foles had been starting at QB in recent weeks but now that he broke his hand it will more likely be Michael Vick who probably won’t be retained for next year. LeSean McCoy is likely also active for this one as he has had an injury plagued year but how the Eagles have played he hasn’t missed much. Jeremy Maclin has 65 catches and six touchdowns, Brent Celek has 54 catches, and Jason Avant has 49 catches. Defensively the Eagles allow 26.8 points per game, 122.4 rushing yards, and 217.2 passing yards with eight interceptions and 29 sacks. DeMeco Rynas has 111 tackles, Kurt Coleman has 84 tackles, and Mychal Kendricks has 75 tackles.
New York is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 2-6 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 1-3-1 against the spread against the NFC East. Philadelphia is 5-15-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, 2-8-1 against the spread against the NFC, and 0-5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 13-2-1 against the spread in the last 16 meetings of these two.
The Giants have been horrible and it is tough for them to be giving a touchdown to anyone which forces me to take the Eagles and the points here.
Philadelphia Eagles +9.5 New York Giants