Philadelphia Eagles (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS) vs. New York Giants (4-3 SU, 3-3-1 ATS)
Week 9 NFL
Date/Time: Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 1PM EST
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
By Loot, NFL Football Handicapper, Lootmeister.com
Betting Odds: PHI +3/NYG -3
Over/Under Total: 43.5
The Philadelphia Eagles come into MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants in week 9 NFC East action. The Giants are coming off a bye week and now look to attack the rest of the season at 4-3. In their last contest, they won their second straight game with a nice 17-10 win over the Rams on the road. After the bye, they now embark on a three game home stretch where the idea is to put themselves in a good spot for the rest of the season, as they try to establish a playoff team's resume. The Eagles fell to 4-3 on Sunday night, squandering a double-digit lead and losing in overtime, 29-23, to the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles have now lost 3 of 4 and look to get back on the winning track this week in East Rutherford.
When thinking of the Giants, the first thing crossing most people's minds is Eli Manning and a high-flying offense. Fair enough. But we've also seen the Giants be able to win games that are more along the lines of defensive grinds. Their last game against LA was a case in point, with both teams engaged in a defensive struggle that favored the Giants and their revamped "D." Granted, the Giants are hardly infallible. But they spent a bunch of money in the offseason in addressing their defense and it has paid off nicely. They're giving up 20 points a game and possess a greater playmaking element on that side of the ball than in the recent past. Granted, it's not an iron-clad unit. They can be leaky against the pass. Sometimes, they don't apply a consistent pass-rush. But they get key stops and are now more than mere window dressing for the offense. And when the offense isn't firing on all cylinders against some of the better defenses they face, this side of the ball is now able to keep them in games with a shot to win.
Still, the Giants rely heavily on Eli Manning. Their run-game is very negligible. Shane Vereen offered some hope before getting injured and now they're unabashedly taking to the air as the last-ranked rushing team in the league. Odell Beckham, Jr. has seen his struggles, but has shown recently that overlooking him is a big mistake. Rookie Sterling Shepard is making his presence known on this offense, as is returning Victor Cruz. Throw in a gaggle of role receivers who can make all the different catches from short screens to downfield bombs, it's a dynamic aerial attack. Whether it can mask their lack of a run-game and if they can make it work with an almost exclusive air attack remains to be seen.
All told, the Giants haven't been all that explosive, averaging less than 20 points a game. So far, it's gotten them to 4-3, but whether they can make it work with low point totals all season is an issue. At least they have the defense to withstand some lukewarm stretches on offense. They're a strange team and a difficult one to assess with first-year head coach Ben McAdoo. A lot of the normal forms of evaluation don't apply to the Giants. They're still a bit formless and searching for an identity, though able to thrive in the meanwhile.
The Eagles looked good on Sunday until late, as they carried a lead for most of the game against the one-loss Cowboys on the road. For the first three quarters, the Eagles were peeling off one scoring drive after the next. They struggled in the red zone at times and had to settle for several field goals. And an improved Eagles defense was also doing their part for most of the game, keeping the Cowboys offense in check. Then it all fell apart with a late 4th quarter Dallas touchdown and a TD in overtime.
On offense, Carson Wentz was 32-for-43 with a TD, but only compiled 202 yards in the air. They continue to struggle with a thin receiver crew. Jordan Matthews caught 11 passes, but for only 65 yards. Nelson Agholor has yet to become the playmaker they envisioned when drafting him in the first round last year. Darren Sproles was the main contributor, running for 86 yards, while catching five balls. At the same time, the lack of playmaking and the ability to go vertical has this offense looking a bit flat, as the second half of the season looms.
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The Eagles defense was good on Sunday—until late. Still, they've been pretty good this season, allowing just over 16 points a game, while being really good against the run. Guys like Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Connor Barwin have been contributing to a hearty pass rush. Rodney McLeod has three picks. This group can make plays. But on Sunday, they weren't at their best late. The element of clutch play, which had been key in Philly's good start, was not terribly evident on Sunday.
The Eagles are not the same bunch we saw when they got off to a 3-0 start. Carson Wentz has been a surprise in his rookie campaign, though the last handful of games has been a bit of a coming-down-to-earth period for the rookie QB. And this game will be their 4th road contest in 5 games. So maybe it's no wonder that they fell apart late against Dallas, as they might be a bit weary. Still, this has the look of a close game that could come down to the wire. In what has the earmarks of a tight divisional game, I favor taking the points.
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