It all comes down to this for the Philadelphia Eagles, win and you’re in. Lose, and then you have to pray for Dallas to lose to Washington, which brings about a scenario in which the Eagles would still win the NFC East with an 8-8 record. The New York Giants, who are competing for nothing more than a top draft pick next year, would love to ruin their division rivals’ hopes of an NFC East title.
The Giants have won their last two games after losing to the Eagles in overtime three weeks ago. The late season has produced opportunities for them to give Eli Manning one last start and see what they have in Daniel Jones.
Since losing three straight, the Eagles have now won their last three in a row, including stealing one from Dallas last week. Philly is favored by -4 in this one, with the over/under set at 45.
It seems the Giants will be moving into a new generation of football this offseason. Manning has likely played his final snap as the quarterback of the team, and the Jones era has begun. Jones hasn’t looked bad as of late, considering he’s a quarterback that needs to develop but could turn into something really good in the future.
Having Saquon Barkley opening things up in the running game definitely doesn’t hurt, and will help Jones moving forward.
Jones has thrown for 2,726 yards on the season, completing 62 percent of his passes, and throwing for 23 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Jones needs to keep the picks down, but that total is not bad for 11 starts this season.
Jones’ secret weapon has been Darius Slayton, who leads the team with 690 yards and eight touchdowns. Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard have been elite second options as well.
Just Win Baby
Philadelphia controls its own fate. Win and they’re in; lose and, well, maybe they’re still in, but that’s a big maybe. It’ll be tough for the Redskins to pull one out against Dallas with the division on the line, so the easiest road to the playoffs for Philadelphia is, just win, baby!
The Eagles have a fairly tough defense, ranked ninth overall in the league. Their run defense is ranked an elite third in the league. It’s been their passing defense that has struggled, and Jones will aim to pick it apart on Sunday.
Offensively, new weapon Miles Sanders has to be watched, and of course, Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz. Last week with Ertz banged up, Dallas Goedert showed Wentz and the offense that there was a new tight end in town.
Goedert collected career numbers on receptions and yards last week. It seems like he had the ball the entire game. Look for Wentz to exploit New York’s terrible pass defense with both of his tight ends on Sunday.
Not Just a Game
For one of these two teams, this game means a lot more than it does to the other. However, you know how division rivalries work, when your opponent would love nothing more than to see you fail.
Oddly, the Giants have been better at covering spreads than Philadelphia this season. New York is 7-8 against the spread, while Philadelphia is only 6-9. I believe the Eagles even up their against-the-spread record with the Giants this week. They win, cover, and head to the playoffs. The pick is Philadelphia.
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