Thursday Night Football: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Preview, Prediction & Pick

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Josh graduated from Syracuse University in May 2020 with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism. He played basketball and baseball in High School. Despite growing up in New Jersey, he roots for the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers and Indians. He has two favorite sports movies: Dodgeball and Major League. Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals is his favorite sporting event of all-time and his favorite sports memory is playing in a white-out basketball game under the lights against a rival summer camp when he was 15 years old.

A pair of one-win teams still in contention for the division meet at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday Night.

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New York and Philadelphia are both within a game of first place in the NFC East despite each team only having one win through six weeks.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Spread Prediction

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Betting Lines

  • The O/U is 44.5 on FOXBet
  • Philadelphia is -225 on the ML, New York is +190 on FoxBet
  • Philadelphia is a -5.5-point favorite on FOXBet

Only in the NFC East would these two teams be in contention for the division title with the records they have. However, their records don’t tell the entire story. For Philadelphia, QB Carson Wentz has played most of the season without a full arsenal of weapons around him. In fact, the artillery is almost empty. WR Alshon Jeffrey hasn’t played yet this season, WR Desean Jackson has only played three games and rookie WR Jalen Reagor has only played in two games. This has created the opportunity for WR Travis Fulgham to emerge. In three games, he has 18 catches for 284 yards and 3 TDs including the go-ahead score against San Francisco.  Wentz has sustained 25 sacks and his time to throw has been inconsistent thanks in part to a banged-up offensive line. On Thursday, the Eagles offense will be further handicapped with RB Miles Sanders and TE Zach Ertz unable to go.

The Giants have been without RB Saquon Barkley since the second quarter of their week two loss to the Bears. The offense has suffered as a result but New York has remained competitive. Including that Bears game, three of the Giants’ four losses are by single digits. The underdog has covered the spread in every TNF game so far. If QB Daniel Jones takes care of the ball, it likely prevents short-field opportunities for a Philadelphia offense that needs all the help it can get.

On the other side, the New York defense should be able to force turnovers from Wentz and Philadelphia as he’s second in the league in INTs and the Eagles are -7 in turnover margin as a team. Even if the Eagles manage to win, there’s a good chance it won’t be by much. Philadelphia’s last three games were decided by single digits and its lone win of the season was by five points against QB Nick Mullens-led San Francisco. Assuming the Giants don’t implode, the Eagles don’t possess the offensive firepower to generate significant distance on the scoreboard.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Key Stats

  • Each of the last four meetings in Philadelphia have been decided by six points or fewer
  • QB Daniel Jones has at least one turnover in every game this season
  • QB Carson Wentz is 20-10-1 at home in his career

This matchup has the potential to be one of those ugly games that gives TNF a bad rap. The Eagles offense is depleted and the Giants struggle to score. Take the under in this game. Philly has won the last seven meetings and the last six at the Linc. HC Doug Pederson seems to routinely find a way to win tough games with adverse circumstances so I think Philadelphia wins the game but New York covers.

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