Whenever the New York Giants play the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s always a good game, which makes this week’s Monday Night Football something worth watching. Both teams are coming off big wins in Week 5, but only one can win in this NFC East battle. The Giants are currently in first place in the division, but the Eagles are just one game behind. The point spread is favoring the Eagles at -3.5.
Monday Night Football: New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles
Point Spread: Eagles -5.5 / Moved to -3.5 Over/under: 50.5 Date: Monday, October 19 8:30pm ET Location:Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
New York Giants
For the first time in a long time, the Giants looked like a playoff team in their win against the 49ers. Fans have to be feeling good about Eli Manning’s play against a tough San Francisco defense and could see an encore performance facing the 26th ranked Eagles defense. With a stable of young, fast and very talented receivers that are finally getting healthy at the same time, the Giants offense should begin to take off. Manning will need to stay calm in the face of the Philadelphia pass rush and avoid making bad decisions under pressure.
The Eagles offense is built for speed and to score in quick strikes, which could give the +3.5 underdog Giants defense fits. New York is dead last against the pass, allowing 304 yards per game due to being thin in the secondary after a rash of injuries. They’ll need to rely on their defensive line to put pressure on Sam Bradford, who has looked much better in Philadelphia’s offense. Without push on the line, the Eagles offense is capable of the big play.
This Eagles team is loaded with talented skill players but has yet to find a way to make it all work. Bradford has shown flashes of the player he was in college, but the play calling done by coach Chip Kelly has left many scratching their heads. Last years leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, has not found the same success he did as a Cowboy, which has left several wondering if Kelly’s offense isn’t fit for the NFL. -3.5 point favorite Philadelphia needs to take advantage of the soft Giants secondary or they’ll find themselves at 2-4.
The key to stopping the Giants is to get pressure on the quarterback. Manning has looked terrible against an effective pass rush and continues to struggle with turnovers. If he’s able to find time to throw, Philadelphia’s secondary may have issues matching up with Odell Beckham, Jr. and running back Shane Vereen, who has proved to be an effective pass catcher out of the backfield.
Monday Night Football Prediction
These two teams are pretty evenly matched, which should make this game a close one. The NFC East is up for grabs, with three teams tied for second and the Giants holding down the no. 1 spot, making this a meaningful game for the Eagles if they hope to climb out of the early hole they dug themselves. Playing this game in their home stadium should be the boost they need to come away with a win.