NY Giants (3-2) at Philadelphia (2-3)
When: Monday, October 19th 2015
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles look to tie the New York Giants for first place in the very wide-open NFC East with a win tonight. The Eagles are coming off their best game of the season last week when they beat New Orleans 39-17 behind Sam Bradford’s 333 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw 2 interceptions in the end-zone. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews combined for 156 yards rushing and each scored a touchdown. Murray rushed for 249 yards in his two games against the Giants last year as a member of the Cowboys. He probably won’t come near that total this year as coach Chip Kelly favors the passing game as opposed to giving the ball the NFL’s leading rusher in 2014. The Eagles defense is pretty good against the run allowing less than 100 yards a game, but their secondary has been eaten alive. They rank 26th in the league allowing 279 yards through the air a game, but do have 6 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles. The Eagles swept the season series a year ago and have won five of the past seven meetings.
The Giants are riding high after losing their first two games in heart-breaking fashion. They have reeled off three wins in a row including a come-from-behind victory over San Francisco last week. They had 30 first downs and 525 total yards in that game with Eli Manning passing for 441 yards and three scores. The biggest concern for the Giants is the health of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who did not practice Thursday or Friday due to a hamstring injury sustained in last week’s victory. Rueben Randle will return from his own hamstring injury and provide a familiar target for Manning. Defensively, the Giants are 2nd in the NFL against the run, but dead last against the pass. They allow are ridiculous 304 yards a game through the air. They will have their hands full tonight with the Eagles passing attack. The Giants were also riding a three-game winning streak last season and were promptly shelled by the Eagles 27-0, setting off a seven-game losing streak.
I’m not going to get overly excited about the Eagles performance last week until they do it with more consistency. The Saints are one of the worst teams in the league. The Giants have a lot of momentum and Manning is on his game right now. This should be an old-fashioned shootout in Philly tonight. I’ll take the points.
Pick: Giants +5.5