The New York Giants travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in an NFC East battle on Thursday Night Football. Both teams will enter tonight’s contest with a win by any means necessary attitude as this division is struggling. This game will be ugly but a win by either team could make them the favorite to win the division.
The Giants come into tonight’s contest at 1-5 but just a game out of first place. New York is averaging 16.8 points per game which is a bit deceiving as they played against a terrible Dallas defense two weeks ago scoring 34 points. With the exception of that game, their offense has been sputtering with the loss of Saquon Barkley early in the season.
In a season littered with injuries, no team has been hampered more than the Eagles. Other than Carson Wentz, the Eagles have one offensive starter remaining (C Jason Kelce) and even have some third-string offensive players in the lineup tonight. Philly comes into tonight’s game with a 2-4-1 record, a half-game out of the division lead.
The temperature for tonight’s game should be in the low 60’s at kickoff with a small chance of rain and virtually no wind.
Carson Wentz Under 249.5 Passing Yards (-112)
Wentz has only surpassed this total twice this season. Once against the Redskins and against the Steelers. Against the Redskins was in Week 1, when their offensive line was healthier than it is now. Recently the offensive line has been struggling to protect Wentz which has caused the passing game to be very inefficient. That combined with a depleted receiving corp has lead to bad offensive production.
Although the Giants have been struggling, they have been pretty solid on the defensive side of the ball. New York will be able to create pressure tonight with holes in the offensive line for the Eagles. DeSean Jackson will be on the field for the first time this season for Philadelphia, which may be why this total is as high as it is. But Jackson is not believed to be 100%. Jackson’s presence should not be much of a factor if he even finishes the game.
One other thing to keep in mind is that there should be an increase in playing time for rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts looked good last week and the Eagles may implement a few packages on this short week to see a little more of Hurts under center. This will obviously take away from Wentz’s production as well.
Daniel Jones Over 26.5 Rushing Yards (-136)
Jones is the leading rusher for the Giants on the season. Last week he had seven carries for 74 yards and has eclipsed this total in three out of the last 4 games. The reason for the increase in rushing for Jones is a lack of weapons on offense to distribute the ball to.
Very few teams in the league bring pressure as much as the Eagles. Jones will easily surpass this total as he will be evading the blitz all night. If the Eagles don’t get their hands on Jones he will be able to run for first downs.
Carson Wentz Over 17.5 Rushing Yards (-120)
As already mentioned, the Eagles offense is like a mash unit, especially the offensive line. The strength of the Giants is their defense and they can rush the passer. The Eagles receivers are not very good and struggle to get separation from defensive backs. In order to get a win tonight, Wentz will have to take matters into his own hands. That will involve him rushing for first downs in order to move the chains.
Devonta Freeman Under 54.5 Rushing Yards (-112)
Freeman is averaging 3.2 yards per carry on the season. He narrowly surpassed this total in the last two games. Last week vs. the Washington football team, he gained 61 yards aided by a 14-yard run as the Giants were trying to milk a lead and close the game. The week prior, Devonta gained 60 yards against a terrible Dallas Cowboys defense with a long of nine yards.
The Philadelphia defense will be much tougher to run the ball on. Stopping the run is the first priority of this defense. The Giants passing game is susceptible to turning the ball over. Philly will load the box and dare the Giants to throw the ball. Rushing yards will be at a premium for New York tonight.
*Odds via DraftKings