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New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Point Spread - Pick

New York Giants (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS)
Week 3 NFL
Date/Time: Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 1PM EST
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: Fox

By Loot, NFL Football Handicapper, Lootmeister.com

Point Spread: NYG +6/PHI -6
Over/Under Total: 43

The New York Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC East battle on Sunday. The Eagles were excellent in week one with a dominant road win over the Redskins, but they had a tough second week with a road loss to the Chiefs, 27-20. After hanging in there for a lot of the game, the Chiefs pulled away some late, with Philly adding a late TD and recovering an onside kick to give themselves at least a chance for the Hail Mary. They hope for better this week making their home-opener against a divisional foe at home in the Giants. On MNF, the Giants fell to 0-2 with a disheartening home loss to Detroit, 24-10. They really need a positive development and with the problems they have been having, the Eagles don't seem like the ideal opponent.

The Eagles were tough in week two in a losing effort. They don't make it out to AFC West stadiums a lot and were out of their element against a really good team in the Chiefs. Carson Wentz was great once again, but sometimes the Eagles are expecting the young quarterback to do too much. And while the defense was victimized at inopportune times by Kansas City's growing playmaking ability, they are still a growing group that plays fast and is really aggressive in trying to make plays. All in all, it's not the kind of loss that is the end of the world. But falling to 1-2 this week would certainly be a setback after such a good week one game.

Again in week two, Carson Wentz was adept at side-stepping rushers, but the line is going to have to find answers in keeping him out of so much trouble. He had 333 yards and two touchdowns, but an interception and 21 incomplete passes are a byproduct of the porous line. He was sacked six times and hit numerous other times. That's something that could hurt against the Giants' defense. The offense got a good development with a good game from receiver Alshon Jeffery, who had 92 yards and a touchdown. TE Zach Ertz was big with 97 yards and a big 57-yard rumble. Another first-year Eagles' receiver in Torrey Smith had 66 yards through the air. Nelson Agholor caught a TD for the second straight game this season. Wentz led the team in rushing, which isn't a great sign. Darren Sproles was productive, but a fumble late was costly.

As the defense goes, so do the Eagles. After keeping a lid on the Redskins in week one, things got a little dicey against the Chiefs. But after starting the season with two road games, they look forward to being back at home and should benefit from the better conditions. The pass-rush was pretty good, but died a little late. DE Fletcher Cox has been big through two games, along with Vinny Curry. In the middle, Brandon Graham, Jordan Hicks, and Mychal Kendricks are playing well. The secondary could be good, but is already getting stung by the injury big, with Ronald Darby, Rodney McLeod, and Jaylen Watkins already banged up and a lot of their depth already on the injured list. It looks like Darby's injury is the worst and he will be out for over a month.

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The Giants have been massively disappointing through two games. The defense appears to still be really good, no doubt handicapped by a weak offense that has descended into slapstick status. On Monday Night Football in a big game, the offense couldn't find the right answers, despite a cast of playmakers that would suggest otherwise. The line is getting run over, leaving immobile Eli Manning as easy prey for opposing defenses.

Manning was sacked five times on Monday and seemingly under constant pressure. Manning is still a good passer and with Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard, you'd think their aerial attack would be at least decent. But Manning has a matter of a second or two max before the pass-rush descends on him. The line literally couldn't stop anything on Monday and the Giants don't really even push the envelope with the run-game with this line in such a state of dysfunction. And now teams know this and will be gunning for Manning. That's bad news on the verge of playing the attacking Philly defense. A grand sum of 13 points in two games is really appalling for this offense and not a good reflection on the coaching staff.

Even with an offense that wasn't very good last season, the defense was able to carry the team to an 11-5 record. At the same time, not many defenses can thrive amidst these conditions. There is a lot to like on this side of the ball, though missing Janoris Jenkins hurt. Still, the secondary held Matthew Stafford to 122 yards, with Eli Apple, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Landon Collins having good games. Jason Pierre-Paul had a sack, as did Calvin Munson and Kerry Wynn. It's just sad that the offense threatens to undermine the entire team, including a defense that has become one of the best in the conference over the past year and change.

There are short windows in time where teams look horrible and bounce back quickly. Last season, several teams snapped out of a big funk. Even the Giants started 2-0 before losing their next three games in a row. But the problems they have don't go away quickly. New York head coach Ben McAdoo seems to have lost whatever mojo he had in his first season at the helm last year. And again, this matchup seems very unfavorable on the short week. In a divisional battle against an Eagles team still working on some things, we could see a more-competitive Giants team. It almost seems too easy, which should raise some red flags, but we still see the Eagles getting it done this week at home.

Loot's Prediction to Cover the Point Spread: I'm betting on the Philadelphia Eagles minus 6 points. Bet the Eagles vs. Giants game for FREE by taking advantage of a massive 100% sign-up bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $500 at GTBets!

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