NFL Trends: Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants Betting Trends & Injury Report
- Updated: November 18, 2011
The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants are set to square off in Sunday Night Football betting action this week at MetLife Stadium. But before you make your NFL picks for the big game on Sunday, check out some of the great NFL betting trends that we have for the duel!
Philadelphia Eagles Notes: The Eagles are really in need of this game, but even if they do win it, it might still be too little, too late. They would still be two back in the NFC East and at least two, if not still three back in the race for the NFC Wild Card slots. However, a loss would certainly end all hope of the postseason, as even a 9-7 season almost certainly won’t get them into the playoffs. Philadelphia is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games as a road underdog though, and it is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 road games against teams with winning home records, so there is still most definitely some hope in the City of Brotherly Love.
The key is going to be getting the ball in RB LeSean McCoy’s hands. McCoy is clearly the MVP of this team this year, and when he gets control of the rock, good things usually happen. He went off for 141 total yards of offense and a TD when these two teams met in the first go around of the season. Only twice this season has McCoy carried the ball at least 25 times in a game, and in both of those games, the Eagles won. They only have one win otherwise in the entire campaign, and McCoy did have 122 yards on 15 carries in that game against the St. Louis Rams.
The Eagles don’t have the benefit of a totally healthy team either, to say the least. QB Michael Vick broke his ribs last week against the Arizona Cardinals, and he hasn’t practiced all week long, while WR Jeremy Maclin has a hamstring injury. We’re assuming that Head Coach Andy Reid is going to let WR DeSean Jackson play this week after suspending him last week for missing a team meeting. DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, one of the three in that vaunted secondary, has an ankle injury that will likely keep him out of this game as well.
New York Giants Notes: The Giants have to be happy that they were able to split their two games against the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers on the road, but even with that split, they lost ground to the Dallas Cowboys at the top of this division. These two teams still do meet twice this year, but you know that New York wants as much of a cushion as it can get. Assuming that Dallas wins at the Washington Redskins on Sunday though, this game will be to stay in first place by itself for New York. The G-Men have some bad, bad NFL trends on their side in this game. They are just 1-11 ATS in their last 12 home games against teams with a losing record, including losing SU to the lowly Seattle Seahawks and nearly losing to the then winless Miami Dolphins. They’re also just 17-37-2 ATS in their last 56 games played in the month of November.
Simply put in this one, QB Eli Manning has to take care of the football. He had four touchdown tosses and no picks against the Eagles the first time around. It’s clear when this team succeeds. In games in which Manning has thrown either no picks or one pick, the Giants are 6-1. When he throws two or more picks, they’re 0-2, including last week against the 49ers.
Depth at wide receiver remains a problem for the Giants. WR Domenik Hixon is on IR, and WR Jerrel Jernigan isn’t likely with a hip injury. WR Mario Manningham has been playing through a knee injury, but he has been listed as questionable for several weeks. The good news is that WR Hakeem Nicks does look to be healthy and ready to go. This could be the first game for rookie DB Prince Amukamara, though we’ve been saying that he is set to get over his foot injury for the better part of a month now without ever seeing him suit up.
Head To Head: The Eagles had won six in a row both SU and ATS against the Giants before meeting them in September. These games are traditionally higher scoring as well, though the 45 combined points in the first game of the year fell just short of the posted 48. There have been at least 57 on the board between these two in three out of five games, including an 83 point outburst and a 69 point outburst in the last two meetings here in East Rutherford.
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