New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday, Dec. 22, 8:25 p.m. (ET) NBC
Pointspread: New York -2.5
Total Line: 41
The Giants are in excellent shape to make the playoffs as a wild card at 10-4 straight-up on the year and they still have an outside shot at winning the NFC East if they win their final two games and Dallas loses both of its remaining contests. Along with a high level of motivation heading into this Thursday’s division rivalry, they also have quite a head of steam with an 8-1 SU run in their last nine games while going 7-2 against the spread. The total has stayed UNDER in New York’s last six games on closing line.
Veteran quarterback Eli Manning continues to play at a high level with 3,491 passing yards and 25 touchdown throws and his favorite target all season long has been Odell Beckham Jr. with 85 receptions for 1,173 yards and 10 scores. The biggest reason for the Giants’ success this season has been the elevated play on the other side of the ball with a defense that is ranked third in the NFL in points allowed (17.9).
A promising start with four wins in Philadelphia’s first six games has deteriorated to a SU record of 5-9 in the midst of a five-game losing streak. The Eagles did manage to cover in last week’s 27-26 loss to Baltimore as five-point road underdogs to move to 6-8 ATS. The total has gone OVER in their last three games. The only bright spot for bettors is a 4-2 record ATS at home this season.
The blame for this collapse can be spread to both sides of the ball. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has looked the part during this current slide after a fast start out of the gate. He has thrown for 3,385 yards and 13 touchdowns against 13 interceptions and he has been sacked 31 times. The Eagles’ defense has also gone in the wrong direction with a points-allowed average of 27.8 over the last five games.