Books opened the Eagles as 3.5-point home favorites, but that has since moved to Philly -5.5.
If you’re still on the fence about who to bet in Monday Night Football, Covers enlisted the help of expert NFL bloggers to make a pitch for their favorite team. This week, Jesse Connor of Giants blog Bleed Big Blue and Brandon Lee Gowton of Philly blog Bleeding Green Nation strap on the pads and debate which team will not only win, but cover the spread Monday night.
WHY NEW YORK WILL COVER
Jesse Connor writes for Bleedbigblue.com. You can follow the blog on on Facebook and twitter @bleedsbigblue.
The Eagles offensive line is terrible
With the exception of last week, the Eagles have had a very difficult time getting a ground game going this season. Last week they ripped off a very impressive 186 yards, to the 30th ranked rushing defense.
In all of Philly’s other games this season they are averaging just 70 yards per game on the ground. They have lost each game they failed to produce 100 yards rushing.
The lack of a ground game has allowed opposing defenses to get after Quarterback Sam Bradford. The pressure has effected him, as he has throw multiple interceptions three times already this year.
The Giants run defense is one of the league’s best
The Giants have done an excellent job of snuffing out opposing run games so far this season. The Giants rank 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and until last week they had not allowed any team to rush for more then 88 yards.
If they continue to be dominate up front, it will force the Eagles offense to be one dimensional. The Giants have not accrued the sack numbers they would like so far this season but they are pressuring opposing passers.
Eli Manning is off to a red-hot start.
Manning looks to have really taken control of Ben McAdoo’s West Coast offense. Eli has taken care of the football and is on track for his best season as a pro.
With Philadelphia’s secondary ranking 26th in passing yards allowed, Manning should be in line for a big game. Behind a vastly improved offensive line, Manning is getting the ball out as fast as any other quarterback in the league. His quick throws and accuracy can be a deadly combination against an eagles team that allowed 290 yards or more 3 times this season.
WHY PHILADELPHIA WILL COVER
Brandon Lee Gowton is the site manager of Bleeding Green Nation, SB Nation’s Philadelphia Eagles team blog. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @BleedingGreen.
Chip Kelly owns the Giants
OK, it’s a small sample size, but Kelly has fared well against New York so far in his career. The Eagles have gone 3-1 in four meetings against the Giants since Kelly was hired in 2013. Philadelphia has outscored the G-Men by a total of 104-62 in that span.
The only game the Giants won is when an injured Michael Vick started and a rookie Matt Barkley had to take over, and it was only a one possession game in the end. Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez hung 34 points on the Giants at the end of 2014.
Beyond Kelly’s reign, the Eagles are 5-0 straight up and against the spread all time versus the Giants on Monday Night Football.
The Eagles can attack New York’s vulnerable secondary
The Giants are good at defending the run, but their pass defense isn’t great. New York ranks 20th in pass defense by Football Outsiders. The Giants allow the 18th most yards per pass attempt.
Sam Bradford has combined for 603 yards passing in the past two weeks. This week he’s going up against a Giants secondary that will be missing starting cornerback Prince Amukamara. The Eagles will surely look to move the ball through the air and they could very well have success doing it.
Philadelphia’s defense is the real deal
There’s no question the Eagles’ defense has been the strength of this team throughout this season. Philadelphia allows the least amount of yards per rush attempt and has not allowed an individual 100-yard rusher in the last 17 games and just one in its last 28.
The Eagles are currently tied for second when it comes to forcing turnovers. Eli Manning and the Giants offense could also suffer from the fact Odell Beckham Jr. might not be 100 percent, even if the star receiver does suit up.
Join the debate. Who covers the spread in Monday Night Football: New York or Philadelphia?