The Philadelphia Eagles will play their most important game of the season when then travel to face the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. Philadelphia is coming off a win against Dallas last weekend, which puts the Eagles in position to clinch the NFC East on Sunday. The Giants are 4-11 and will attempt to spoil Philadelphia’s season with a victory to close the year.
Eagles hoping Ertz can playPhiladelphia appeared to be dead in the water at the beginning of December. The Eagles had lost three games in a row and were sitting at 5-7 on the season. Due to the lackluster nature of the division, though, they now have a chance to win the division after the last three weeks. Philadelphia has picked up divisional wins against New York, Washington and Dallas since Dec. 9. The Eagles 17-9 win against the Cowboys last weekend has put them one win away from clinching a spot in the playoffs. If Dallas is able to pick up a win against Washington and Philadelphia loses to New York, the Cowboys would win the division.
The Eagles are led by quarterback Carson Wentz, who has thrown for 3,750 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. He has done an adequate job of taking care of the ball, tossing seven interceptions. Running back Miles Sanders has been the top running back, tallying 766 yards and three touchdowns on 170 carries. Jordan Howard has seen his share of work, rushing 119 times for 525 yards and six touchdowns. The passing game has been a problem due to injuries in recent weeks, as tight end Zach Ertz and wide receiver Greg Ward Jr. have been the only viable options. This week, Ertz is questionable with a broken rib. The tight end leads the team with 88 receptions for 916 yards and six scores. Ward has 22 catches for 211 yards and one touchdown.
Giants looking for strong close to season
New York is just 4-11 on the season, but the Giants have picked up wins in each of their last two games. The first one came in a 36-20 decision against the Miami Dolphins in what was likely Eli Manning’s final game with the team. Last week, they earned a 41-35 overtime win against the Washington Redskins on the road. New York led the game 35-21 going to the fourth quarter, but Washington tallied 14 unanswered points in the final period to send the game to overtime. The Giants scored with just over four minutes to play in the extra session to win the contest and pick up their fourth win of the year.
The Giants are now led by rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, who has thrown for 2,726 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. He threw five touchdowns in the win against Washington last week. Jones has thrown 11 interceptions in first NFL campaign. Running back Saquon Barkley has rushed for 911 yards on 200 attempts this year, averaging 4.56 yards per carry and tallying five touchdowns. Jones has shown his mobility, rushing 42 times for 253 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Darius Slayton leads the team with 44 receptions for 690 yards and eight touchdowns. Golden Tate has added 44 catches for 608 yards and five scores. Sterling Shepard has 52 receptions for 537 yards and three touchdowns.
New York is:
- 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall
- 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games in December
- 9-4-1 ATS in its last 14 games after totaling more than 350 yards in its previous game
- 1-4 ATS in its last five games on turf
- 2-5 ATS in its last seven games after allowing less than 15 points in its previous game
- 1-4 ATS in its last five games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in its previous game