New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Date and Time: Sunday, 10/12/14 at 8:30pm on NBC
Game Line: Philadelphia Eagles -3 (from WagerWeb)
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Sunday NFL Football Analysis: The Philadelphia Eagles started the 2014 season as the clear favorites to win the NFC East behind coach Chip Kelly and a high powered offense led by an emerging Nick Foles. The Giants offense was considered a work in progress with Eli Manning adjusting to a new system. Through five games, New York’s offense is clearly on the upswing while Philadelphia’s is still looking to get on track. The visiting Giants have totaled 105 points while winning three straight and have done a good job of slowing down opposing quarterbacks ahead of Sunday night’s key divisional matchup. The East looks very competitive this year. Philadelphia is tied with Dallas for first place and New York is one game back. Philadelphia went 10-6 and won the East in 2013 in Kelly’s first season. Foles was the catalyst with 27 touchdowns, only two interceptions and a league-best 119.2 passer rating. Foles ranks just 23rd this year at 82.5. He has a 53.3 rating on passes of at least 21 yards in the air, getting picked off a league high four times on 31 attempts, also tops in the NFL. All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy is off to a slow start as well. McCoy led the league with 1,607 rushing yards in 2013 but is only 15th this year with 273. McCoy has four career games with at least 111 yards versus the Giants, who have limited him to an average of 46.3 in the last three meetings. Darren Sproles, however, has 172 rushing yards and is averaging 6.9 per carry to help pick up the slack. Manning was picked off a career worst 27 times last year, resulting in Ben McAdoo replacing longtime offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. The two time Super Bowl MVP struggled with a passer rating of 69.2 in consecutive losses to start 2014. He has completed 70.1 percent of his passes and posted a 115.2 rating during this win streak, throwing eight touchdown passes to one interception. Five different Giants have at least 10 receptions, with emerging tight end Larry Donnell leading the way with 24 catches. The offense figures to be even more lethal now with dynamic rookie Odell Beckham Jr. who had four catches for 44 yards and a score last Sunday in Atlanta after being out with a hamstring injury. One issue from that game was a sprained MCL suffered by Rashad Jennings, fourth in the NFL with 396 yards. It’s highly unlikely he will play this week.
Sunday NFL Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Free Picks: New York Giants +3 and over 50.5
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles Game Prediction: 34-31 Giants
What to expect in this Week 6 NFL Football match up: This game has all the makings of a shootout. Neither team has a very good secondary, Jennings is out at running back for the Giants, both teams like to take their shots down the field and both really need this win to gain an advantage in the NFC East. The addition of Beckham Jr. for the Giants will help Eli Manning continue to advance the Giants offense that will only get better as the season goes on. The Eagles will use a home game against a familiar opponent to get their offense back on track against a bottom-tier secondary for the Giants. This game will be a shootout and the team that has the ball last will win, we like the over more than trusting Eli Manning in crunch time on the road.