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Giants vs Eagles Betting Preview, Odds, Pick

  • The Draft Network
  • October 22, 2020
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Ah, the NFC East. The magical division where anything is possible—even a six-win playoff team!

This week’s installment of Thursday Night Football sees the Philadelphia Eagles play host to the New York Giants, a matchup that’s historically filled with wildness and drama—can you believe it’s been 10 years since DeSean Jackson’s “Miracle at the New Meadowlands” punt return? This time around, even this early in the season, there are playoff implications for the 1-5 Giants and 1-4-1 Eagles—boy, that’s a disgusting sentence to type. Someone has to win this division, so both teams must be saying “why not us?”

The winner of this game will be in a much better position to challenge the 2-4 Dallas Cowboys at the top of the division, while the loser will continue to sink closer and closer to the top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Let’s get into the game. All odds are courtesy of our friends over at BetOnline

Spread: NYG: +4.5 (-108) | PHI: -4.5 (-112)

Moneyline: NYG: (+200) | PHI: (-240)

Total: 45 – Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

How many playmakers can the Eagles offense lose? It felt like the latter portion of last season was the absolute worst it could get for Philadelphia. Then 2020 did 2020 things and the Eagles’ offense is nearly completely decimated heading into Week 7. Even the players that shouldered the majority of the workload down the stretch last season with everyone hurt, running back Miles Sanders and tight end Zach Ertz, are out for this contest. Philadelphia is left with quarterback Carson Wentz, back-up running back Boston Scott, third-string tight end Richard Rodgers, and a combination of wide receivers that were never expected to play a significant role this season in Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward. But, there is some hope. 

The likely return of wide receiver DeSean Jackson (along with offensive lineman Lane Johnson) should provide at least a small boost for this offense, depending on how much he has left in the tank. The return of cornerback Avonte Maddox opposite Darius Slay should not only be helpful in coverage on the outside, but should allow Nickell Robey-Coleman/Cre’Von LeBlanc to stay inside. 

For the Giants, they’ve been fairly competitive in most of their games this season, even if no one watching those games actually expected them to win. There were some flashes of success against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, and New York hung tough with the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, and Dallas Cowboys before beating the Washington Football Team last week—only the San Francisco 49ers blew them out. However, aside from the Washington game, it’s hard to argue that the Giants actually looked like the better football team in any of their games this season. 

With no Saquon Barkley, a rebuilding defense, and a yet-to-progress Daniel Jones at quarterback, the Giants are behind the 8-ball in this matchup. I’ll lean on the better quarterback and predict this’ll be a one-score game, but that the desperate Eagles do just enough to win and cover.

Pick ATS: Eagles -4.5

NFL picks ATS 2020: 54-35-2 (61%)

NFL picks ATS 2019: 145-119-3 (55%)

NFL picks ATS 2018: 140-115-12 (55%)

To bet on these games and more, head over to BetOnline.

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