The Philadelphia Eagles travel to New York to take on the Giants this Sunday. These two matched up on Thursday night in Week 7, where the Eagles knocked off the Giants 22-21. Now, New York gets a chance to even the season series at home.
The Giants are coming off a win in Washington while the Eagles had the week off, which should have rested for this matchup. Despite the Giants needing a win to stay in the NFC East playoff race, New York has won win against teams that aren’t Washington since Daniel Jones became the team’s quarterback.
As disappointing as the Eagles have been in 2020, this could be a long day on Sunday if the Giants cannot get things going.
Philadelphia sits in first place of the NFC East at 3-4-1, and the Giants are tied for last with the Cowboys at 2-7. This isn’t by far the worst division in football, with the whole division having a combined nine wins through nine weeks of football, and only two wins have come from non-divisional opponents. The Pittsburgh Steelers have one less win than the entire division.
Football Outsiders grades the Giants higher than the Eagles when looking at DVOA. New York ranks 25th (26th offense & 22nd defense) while Philadelphia is 28th (30th offense & 11th defense).
The Giants are going to struggle to move the football on Sunday against this Eagles defense. The Giants had 325 yards of offense and averaged 5.9 yards per play. Many of that came on the Daniel Jones 80 yard scramble that led him to get tackled by the turf monster before scoring. Take that one play out, and they are averaging 4.5 yards per play and have 245 yards of offense.
The Eagles dominated the first matchup and should be able to do that again. Philadelphia had 442 yards of offense, averaging 6.1 yards per play. The Eagles should be healthier coming into this matchup than what the team’s injury report looked like in Week 7.
One thing to look for this Sunday is the impact of special teams. New York ranks third in the category compared to Philadelphia sitting at 20th.
Even when looking at last week’s matchup with Washington, nothing says that the Giants can hang on Sunday. The team was outgained 350 to 402 yards. The Giants averaged 5.2 yards per play compared to Washington’s 8.0 yards per play. If it weren’t for five Washington turnovers, New York would have been nominated in the matchup.
Sunday’s Best Bet
When two teams play each other within a few games, I like betting on the loser because the matchup is close and can normally cover the spread thanks to the recency of seeing one another. However, this isn’t the case this Sunday with this game.
I think the Giants got their cover in the first matchup, and now the Eagles will be able to return the favor this Sunday. Philadelphia is still a better team than New York, and Daniel Jones, only having one win outside of Washington, says a lot. I’ll lay the points with the Eagles.