The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants will play for the 177th time on Thursday night when they meet at Lincoln Financial Field in prime time. The teams first played on October 15, 1933, as the Giants rolled to a 56-0 win, but the series has been much more even throughout history, with the Eagles leading with 88 wins to 86 for the Giants (with two ties). In the postseason, the teams have met four times, with each side winning twice.
While both of these teams have had their time as NFL powerhouses (with the Eagles just a couple of seasons away from a Super Bowl title), both are struggling this year, as the Giants come in at 1-5 and the Eagles enter at 1-4-1. Let’s look at this NFC East matchup as you plan your wagering week.
When: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 8:20 pm ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TV: FOX / NFL Network
Radio: Westwood One
JAZZ Sports Odds: Philadelphia -4 / O/U 43.5
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Why the Giants Will Win
The Giants have dropped eight of their last nine road games (and 14 of their last 18), but they have covered 15 of those last 18 games. They lost by three points in Dallas in Week 5 — but they were 9 ½-point underdogs. In five of the Giants’ six games this season, the final score has been in the single digits, and their win over Washington brought new head coach Joe Judge his first career victory.
Quarterback Daniel Jones has thrown for 1,223 yards in six games, with a serviceable 61.2 percent pass completion rate but an unsightly 3:6 TD:INT ratio — and in his last five games, Jones only has one touchdown pass. Golden Tate leads the G-men with 19 catches, and Jones is also the team’s leading rusher, carrying the ball 27 times for 204 yards (including a 49-yard scramble against Washington last week). The defense has struggled, permitting 25.3 points per game, but Leonard Williams has posted three sacks, and James Bradberry leads the team with a pair of interceptions.
Why the Eagles Will Win
The Eagles looked really sad in Week 2, when they punted late in overtime against Cincinnati to guarantee a tie and avoid any possible mistake on a long field goal or Hail Mary that might let the Bengals pick up a last-second victory. The team has looked tougher since then; in their last two weeks, they have lost to Pittsburgh and Baltimore but have played both teams close. At home, Philadelphia has gone just 2-5 in their last seven contests.
Carson Wentz’s struggles have mirrored the team’s fortunes in the early going in 2020. In Week 1, he got off to a great start against Washington, but shortly before halftime he threw an interception, starting a shift in momentum that would allow Washington to come back from a 17-0 deficit to win. He looked better against Pittsburgh and Baltimore, but his offensive line isn’t giving him much time in the pocket. He has thrown for 1,401 yards in six games, completing 58.7 percent of his attempts and throwing eight touchdown passes — but also nine interceptions. His wide receiving corps has suffered some injuries, leading to the emergence of former University of Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr as a receiving option. Tight end Zach Ertz has 24 catches but will be out for three weeks. On the ground, Miles Sanders has run for 434 yards and three scores to lead the team.
NY Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles Pick:
Philadelphia has played much tougher opposition than the Giants have the last two weeks — and while they have allowed early deficits, they have fought back. The Giants did scratch out a win against Washington last week, but I see the Eagles winning and covering here.