Philadelphia (4-3) at NY Giants (4-3)
When: Sunday, November 6th 2016
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Time: 1:00 ET | TV: FOX
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles will battle for second place in the NFC East and each look to keep pace with the front-running Dallas Cowboys. New York is coming off their bye after a 17-10 over the Los Angeles Rams in London two weeks ago – the team’s third straight win after three consecutive losses. Quarterback Eli Manning was limited to just 196 yards passing without a touchdown against the Rams, but the Giants still have the sixth ranked passing offense in the league. Odell Beckham Jr. has been held to 56 yards receiving or fewer in three of his last four games and was limited to 115 yards in two games versus Philadelphia last season. The Giants’ 32nd ranked ground game could use a jolt as Rashad Jennings has been limited to a total of 67 yards rushing in his last three games, although he exploded for 170 yards and a touchdown in his last encounter with the Eagles. Safety Landon Collins had two interceptions versus the Rams, including a 44-yard touchdown return, en route to receiving NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Giants begin a three-game homestand today with Cincinnati coming to town next Monday night.
The Eagles dropped a tough one on Sunday night to first place Dallas after surrendering a ten point fourth quarter lead only to lose in overtime 29-23. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has cooled down considerably since his hot start to his rookie campaign, mustering just 202 yards last week while tossing only one pass beyond 15 yards. An injury-plagued offensive line has contributed to the conservative approach for Philadelphia which has won five of their last six games at MetLife Stadium. Veteran Darren Sproles collected 103 yards from scrimmage (86 rushing, 17 receiving) last week with fellow running back Ryan Mathews seeing his carries dwindle after a costly fumble against Detroit a few weeks ago. Sproles looks to ignite Philadelphia’s mediocre rushing attack (17th) against New York, against which he has four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) in his last five games. The Eagles are much better at rushing the passer, as defensive end Brandon Graham and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox each have four of the team’s 22 sacks this season. The Eagles are fourth in the league in points allowed at 16.7 per contest.
I don’t expect much from Philly’s offense in this game as the Giants are coming off a bye and are well rested, while the Eagles are coming off a hard-fought game against Dallas. The Giants are hot right now and if their offensive line can give Eli some time, they should put up some big points. I like the home team here laying less than a field goal.
Pick: Giants -2.5