Monday Night Football Picks — Will Eli Manning Give Downtrodden Giants a Boost?


So let me get everything straight before we proceed.

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur benched Eli Manning in favor of rookie Daniel Jones, quite possibly at the urging of general manager Dave Gettleman.

The Giants have lost eight games in a row. And consequently there is a lot of talk as to whether Shurmur or Gettleman will be around next season.

Jones got hurt, so Manning has been called upon to perhaps, at least for the time being, reverse the fortunes of the Giants.

Which (depending on how long it’ll be before Jones gets back) could help Shurmur and Gettleman keep their jobs…….

OR won’t matter, while Eli either rides into the sunset or goes somewhere else to close out his career.

I guess this is the scenario as the Giants (2-10 SU, 4-8 ATS) make the short trip to the City of Brotherly Love, which won’t show very much of it on Monday night when they play the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s scheduled for 8:15 PM ET on ESPN, and if you’re a BetAnySports customer, you can place wagers in real-time after the kickoff by utilizing the facilities of Sports Betting Ultra.

In the Monday Night Football odds that have been posted on this game, the Eagles are laying some heavy points:

Philadelphia Eagles -9 (-107)
New York Giants +9 (-103)

Over 45 points (-108)
Under 45 points (-102)

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Whether Manning might wind up somewhere else next season is the subject of speculation. And certain events with other teams around the league fuel that speculation. But it’s safe to say he isn’t going to spend another season as Jones’ backup.

We can tell you with some certainty that Eli’s participation might bring a little spark to the locker room. Of course, we don’t lose track of why management felt the QB change was necessary – that things looked listless with him in there. But in this specific instance, with a guy who is as respected as he is, there’s going to be an adrenaline boost. And considering the hostile environment, against this most heated division rival, which is something Manning has handled many times, he might be the best man for the job in this specific situation.

And there was almost glorious news for him this week, as it was apparent that he would have all of his primary weapons. Golden Tate was ready to go, as was Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and of course, Saquon Barkley. But word just came down on Saturday that Engram, who has sat out the last three games with a foot injury, would have to sit again.

Speaking of tight ends, this may surprise you, considering how lousy the Giants’ secondary has been, but they might just be best equipped to handle what Philly does best in the passing game.

The Eagles target their tight ends more than any other NFL team, and they play an awful lot with two of them (Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert). Well, the Giants have allowed only 3.25 catches per game to tight ends – the fewest in the league. And in that kind of coverage, they have even been able to overcome the absence of safety Jabril Peppers (spinal fracture – ouch!). Philly’s top wideout, Nelson Agholor, may or may not play.

Former college teammates battle, with Saquon Barkley in blue, while his Penn State understudy, Miles Sanders, wears green. Interestingly, the Giants have not been bad defending the run, allowing just 3.9 yards an attempt and remaining a top 12 team in “power” situations and stuff rate (holding opponent to no gain or a loss). And the general consensus is that while Jones was somewhat deficient in not being able to find Barkley out of the backfield in “checkdown” situations, Manning is very good at that.

The Eagles (5-7 SU, 4-8 ATS) are just a game behind Dallas in the NFC East, and I guess to pound some urgency into the situation, coach Doug Pederson held a practice in full pads (unusual) this week. A lot of players were not fond of that idea at all. Personally, I think that Miami gadget play from last week (TD pass from punter to kicker) upset him no end, as it was a lot better than the “Philly Special.”

Obviously Manning was somewhat bitter and hurt with the quick hook he got. And we don’t really know that things would have turned it any differently for the Giants (2-10 SU, 4-8 ATS) if that hadn’t happened. But – and we are being situation-specific here – good things might happen on Monday – enough for us to grab the points.

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