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Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants Point Spread - Pick

Philadelphia Eagles (11-2 SU, 10-3 ATS) vs. New York Giants (2-11 SU, 5-8 ATS)
Week 15 NFL
Date/Time: Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 1PM EST
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
TV: Fox

By Loot, NFL Football Handicapper,

Point Spread: PHI -7.5/NYG +7.5
Over/Under Total: 40

IN NFC East action on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New York Giants in East Rutherford in week 15 action. The Eagles clinched the division and moved to 11-2 with a wild 43-35 road-win over the Rams on Sunday. But in losing QB Carson Wentz, they lost a piece of manpower that was key in getting to this position. After getting knocked out of the game against the Rams, Nick Foles came in and he will behind center moving forward. The Giants, meanwhile, saw things continue to go south after a 30-10 loss to the Cowboys left them at 2-11 in a season they'd just as soon forget. The Giants did give the Eagles a nice game the first time around, losing to Philly at Lincoln Financial Field, 27-24, in week three.

Even for those who don't care much for the Eagles, Sunday's development was upsetting just as a fan of the game. Wentz had really helped whip the Eagles in shape, as he started to rise to the ranks of NFL elite quarterback in just his second season. Foles is a big guy in his second stint with the team. In his last 18 starts with the Eagles, Foles was 14-4, including a big 2013 season where he had 27 touchdowns and just two picks. His form has since fallen off, as he couldn't do much with the Rams and barely saw the field with the Chiefs last season. But he gives them some hope moving on, as he has thrived with this team before.

The hope is that the Eagles can keep it together and still be a factor. Offensively, they lose a lot of magic with Wentz out of action. You don't lose a quarterback like that and have it not resonate. That's not going to happen. What might happen, however, is that Foles relies on the second-ranked run game in the league, while keeping the aerial game in good enough shape to make this loss of Wentz less of a disaster. On the ground, he has the talents of LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, and Corey Clement to exploit and they've all been productive this season. And with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Torrey Smith, and tight ends Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, and Brent Celek, there are a lot of weapons for Foles to employ.

The Eagles' defense has given up 59 points in their last two games and without Wentz, now would be a good time for this side of the ball to really tighten up. They made some big plays on Sunday against the Rams, despite not being very stout overall. In the last play of the game, DE Brandon Graham took a lateral back for a score, while an earlier Chris Long strip-sack helped set up the go-score. They have given up an average of less than 20 points a game. The line with Graham, Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry, and Tim Jernigan has been tremendous. Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham have been very good at the second level. And the secondary, with corners Ronald Darby, Patrick Robinson and Jalen Mills, along with safeties Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins has been solid most of the season.


The Giants were in a good game, knotted 10-10 with the Cowboys in the fourth quarter. Dallas scored three touchdowns to make the game look more lopsided than it really was. The Giants were hoping for a boost with Eli Manning reassuming his starting position, but he threw two picks and was unable to jump-start an offense that hasn't been very good this season. They are scoring just over 15 points a game, with an offense that has been hit hard by injuries. And the defense that rose to the occasion last season has not been seen or heard from this season. When a team goes 11-5 the previous season and their head coach doesn't even make it all the way through the following season, it says all you need to know.

Manning hasn't been very good and wasn't again on Sunday. It's part him, part a deflated cast of playmakers, and part a line that hasn't been good. They hung in there decently for three-plus quarters against Dallas, but as has often been the case this season, they couldn't keep pace. With guys like Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham out of action, they are left with Sterling Shepard, RB Orleans Darkwa, rookie Evan Engram, Shane Vereen, and Roger Lewis. And it hasn't been nearly enough. An offense that was supposed to follow suit with a rising defense from last season never had a chance to make it work, but even when healthy, they weren't particularly good.

Most disappointing this season for the Giants is the state of the defense. They are ranked 31st both against the run and the pass—a precipitous dropoff from where they were last season. The pass-rushing dup of Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon has not materialized. The secondary has under-performed with impunity, while injuries have also reared their head on this side of the ball. There have been a few times this season where they showcase their former stinginess, but more often than not, it's been a big letdown this season. With the Giants having done well earlier this season against the Eagles and with Philly now in the midst of a QB-crisis, will it give the Giants the "in" they need to keep this one more respectable than some would presume?

Perhaps a wait-and-see approach is needed with the now Wentz-less Eagles. At the same time, they should be in pretty good shape at this level, as the Giants haven't been able to exploit many shortcomings of their opponents this season. While Wentz has unquestionable been a big part of the Eagles' success this season, they have enough different assets at their disposal that it might not cost them in a spot like this. I see the Eagles breaking this one open a bit late and emerging with the win and cover.

Loot's Prediction to Cover the Point Spread: I'm betting on the Philadelphia Eagles minus 7.5 points. Tired of your credit card not working for sportsbook deposit? End that problem today and bet the Eagles vs. Giants game by signing up at Bovada Sportsbook where your credit card WILL work and where you'll receive a generous 50% sign-up bonus!

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