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2020-10-23
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Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Giants Prediction & Preview


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#303 New York
Giants 5
 
#304 Philadelphia
Eagles -5

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:20pm

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The Philadephia Eagles (1-4-1) will host the New York Giants (1-5) on Thursday Night Football. The Eagles will be going for their first home win this season in four attempts, while the Giants dropped all three of their road games straight up so far. If these teams played in any other NFL division than the NFC East, it may already be time to start thinking about the draft, but fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys lead the division with a 2-4 record, which makes the playoffs still well within reach.

The Eagles won both head-to-head match-ups last season, but the Giants did cover the spread in one of the losses. The Eagles won 23-17 at home as a 9.5 point favorite on December 9, and again by the score of 34-17 on the road as a four-point favorite.

(Injury updates and line movements are updated as of Thursday afternoon.)

Line Movements:

There has been some slight movement on this contest during the week. After opening as a 6.5-point favorite, the Eagles have seen that bet downward. Philadelphia currently finds themselves favored by 4.5 points in this clash at most sportsbooks. On the bets ATS, a solid 63 percent are backing the Eagles giving the points at home in this contest.

With the total, the number originally opened up at 45.5 points and it has slipped down slightly this week. As of Thursday afternoon, it can be found at 44.5 or 45 points, depending on the sportsbook. Despite the downward trend in the number, 59 percent of the bets on the total are backing the over in this contest.

Game-time Weather: The temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the high-60s and will drop into the mid-60s during the contest. At kickoff, there will be cloudy skies that will stay in the area as the game goes on. There is no rain in the forecast for this contest, despite the increasing cloud cover. Winds are projected to come from the east-southeast at five to 10 miles an hour. All told, the weather conditions are pretty favorable for this contest.

 

Giants get first win of the season

After losing their first five games of the season, the Giants finally tasted victory with a 20-19 win as a two-point favorite against the Washington Football Team on Sunday. New York won the turnover battle to two-to-one and committed four fewer penalties for twenty fewer yards, helping them pull out the victory despite being outgained 337 to 240 in total yardage and only gaining 16 first downs against Washington's 24.

 

Quarterback Daniel Jones completed 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards with one touchdown and interception in the victory. On the season Jones has struggled, completing 61.2 % of his passes for 203.8 yards per game and only three touchdowns against six interceptions. Jones is 24th in the NFL with a 55.4 QBR. Jones did lead the Giants with 74 of the teams 132 rushing yards on only seven attempts on Sunday, followed by Devonta Freeman who ran for 61 yards on 18 carries.

The Giants are without running back Saquon Barkley who only played two games before suffering a season-ending ACL injury. As a team, the Giants are 31st in the NFL with 76.5 rushing yards per game, and 32 overall with just 298.8 total yards.

Injury Report:

OUT: RB Saquon Barkley, CB Sam Beal, WR C.J. Board, LB Lorenzo Carter, DB Adrian Colbert, WR Cody Core, LB Tae Crowder, DB Jaquarius Landrews, S Xavier McKinney, WR Da'Mari Scott, WR David Sills V, T Nate Solder, CB Shakial Taylor, CB Brandon Williams, LB Oshane Ximines

 

Eagles struggle to protect Wentz

After qualifying for the playoffs the last three years, the Eagles have played below expectations this season. The Eagles covered the spread on Sunday but lost their second consecutive game, falling 30-28 to the Baltimore Ravens as a 10.5 point underdog. The Eagles trailed 24 to 6 entering the fourth quarter and scored two touchdowns and two two-point conversions in the last four minutes of the game to make the score close. After their final score with 1:55 left to play, the Ravens recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock, never giving the Eagles offense a shot to win the game. Philadephia outgained Baltimore 364 yards to 355 in the loss, but the Eagles lost the turnover battle committing one against zero for Baltimore.

 

Carson Wentz went 21 of 40 and threw for 213 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and was sacked six times for a total loss of 42 yards. As a team, the Eagles rushed for 184 yards on only 18 yards per carry, led by Mille Sanders, who ran for 118 yards on nine attempts. Wide receiver Travis Fulgham led the Eagles with six catches for 175 yards and a touchdown. Sanders is out with a knee injury, which means Boston Scott will take over.

The big concern for Philadelphia is an offensive line that was wrecked by injuries in the offseason. First, star left guard Brandon Brooks tore his Achilles before camp, thus ending his season. Then in late August, they lost left tackle Andre Dillard to a season-ending biceps injury. Jason Peters was signed and took over at guard until Dillard's injury. He then moved to left tackle and struggled. The offensive line issues have led to the Eagles allowing an NFL worst 4.2 sacks per game this season and six sacks per game over their last three contests.

Carson Wentz has struggled behind an injury-plagued line, ranking 25th in league with a 55.1 QBR, throwing for 233.5 yards per game, and currently completing a career-low 58.7% of his passes with eight touchdowns against nine interceptions. In 2019, Wentz had a 27:7 TD to INT ratio.

Injury Report:

OUT: G Brandon Brooks, T Andre Dillard, T Jack Driscoll, LB T.J. Edwards, TE Zach Ertz, S Rudy Ford, TE Dallas Goedert, WR Marquise Goodwin, DE Daeshon Hall, DT Malik Jackson, WR Alshon Jeffery, TE Josh Perkins, G Jason Peters, WR Jalen Reagor, RB Miles Sanders, OL Isaac Seumalo, S K'Von Wallace



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