NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
An NFC East rivalry will be dominating the news cycles as it comes to leading up to NFL Sunday as the New York Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
New York will be playing at home and will be looking to get their first win of the season. They currently sit at 4-0. Many people were excited about the Eagles this season, given new head coach Chip Kelly. However, their 1-3 record on the season is disappointing. Regardless of the poor records, the NFC East is still up for grabs and neither team feel they can afford another loss.
The Giants are a team that is rolling downhill fast with no sign of stopping. Their defense has allowed an average of 36.5 points per game. They have suffered a number of turnovers with nine of those being interception thrown by quarterback Eli Manning. Manning leads the NFL in interceptions. Manning’s O-line is not helping him out any either, allowing him to be sacked 14 times and hit 29 times. The Giants have no run game to speak of either. Their running backs have combined for just 231 yards, the 30th worst in the league.
Not many people are going to bet on the Giants regardless of the betting line given the state of their team. They are going to have to make a big turn around to be any team in the NFL, let alone a team with the potential of the Eagles. Perhaps the Eagles will come in over-confident and the Giants will catch them off guard.
Right behind the Giants in the defense department, though, is the Eagles. They allow almost just as many points per game, with 34.5 points. The Eagles defense also allows teams to pass all over them. They are 31st in allowing the most passing yards in the NFL. Their offense, on the other hand, is solid. LeSean McCoy has racked up 468 yards on the ground. To put that in perspective that is more than double the entire rushing stats in New York.
The Giants are an all around poor team. The Eagle may want to start stretching Michael Vick’s arms and let him throw the ball as the Giants do very littler in terms of the pass rush. They will also need to keep attacking with the run too, given the Giants all around poor D-line.
The Giants are surprisingly the favorites to win this game at Bovada with a -3 point spread. Perhaps the sports books think it is time for the Giants to step up. The over/under is set at 54.5 points. The game starts at 1 p.m. ET.