New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-5.5, 50)
The New York Giants saw their season take a nosedive with a crushing Week 6 loss at NFC East rival Philadelphia a year ago and will try to avoid a similar fate when they visit the Eagles on Monday night. The Giants posted their third consecutive victory with a last-minute win over San Francisco last week to take a one-game lead atop the division.
“It ranks up there as far as comebacks,” New York coach Tom Coughlin said after Eli Manning engineered a late touchdown drive despite both his wide receivers dealing with hamstring injuries. The Giants were also riding a three-game winning streak last season and were promptly shellacked by the Eagles 27-0, setting off a seven-game skid. Philadelphia is coming off its best performance with a 39-17 romp over New Orleans. “After what we were able to do in the preseason, everybody has been waiting for this,” Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford said. “It’s a great feeling. Now, we have to build off it.”
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Eagles as 3.5-point home faves, but that’s moved to -5.5. The total has remained at the opening number of 50.
Giants – WR Rueben Randle (Probable, hamstring), TE Jerome Cunningham (Questionable, knee), DE Robert Ayers (Questionable, hamstring), DE George Selive (Questionable, calf), LB Jonathan Casillas (Questionable, calf), LB Jon Beason (Questionable, concussion), LB Devon Kennard (Doubtful, hamstring), WR Victor Cruz (Doubtful, calf), CB Prince Amukamara (Mid November, pectoral), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Out indefinitely, finger), TE Daniel Fells (I-R, ankle), S Nat Berhe (I-R, calf), C Brett Jones (I-R, knee), S Bennett Jackson (I-R, knee), S Mykkele Thompson (I-R, Achilles), T Will Beatty (I-R, pectoral).
Eagles – RB Ryan Mathews (Questionable, groin), DE Brandon Bair (Questionable, groin), LB Mychal Kendricks (Doubtful, hamstring), WR Nelson Agholor (Doubtful, leg), LB Kiko Alonso (Out indefinitely, knee), T Andrew Gardner (I-R, foot), K Cody Parkey (I-R, groin), LB Travis Long (I-R, knee), C David Molk (I-R, bicep), DB JaCorey Shepherd (I-R, knee).
WEATHER: Temperatures expected to be in the mid-40s with wind blowing toward the north end zone at around six miles per hour.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Giants (-0.5) + Eagles (-1.0) + home field (-3.0) = Eagles -4.5
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Last year, Eli Manning set career bests in completion percentage and touchdown-to-interception ratio. This year, he?s on pace to set new career bests in both categories. The Eagles offense finally got going in their blowout over the Saints, playing at their preferred pace with 79 offensive snaps, 34 first downs and 519 total yards.” Covers Expert Teddy Covers.
The Giants don’t have a cheerleader squad, so here’s a pair from the Eagles:
ABOUT THE GIANTS (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS, 3-2 O/U): The biggest concern for the Giants is the health of stud wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who did not practice Thursday or Friday due to a hamstring injury sustained in last week’s victory. Rueben Randle will return from his own hamstring injury and provide a familiar target for Manning, who threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns while setting a franchise record with 41 completions. Middle linebacker Jon Beason suffered a concussion last week but practiced on a limited basis Friday for a defense that ranks No. 2 against the run (80.6 yards) and dead last against the pass (304.2).
ABOUT THE EAGLES (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS, 1-4 O/U): Philadelphia finally managed to get its ground game untracked in the rout of New Orleans as offseason acquisitions DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews each scored a touchdown while rushing for 83 and 73 yards, respectively. Bradford had his second-highest output of the season with 333 yards passing to go along with a pair of TDs, but he also showed his penchant for making the costly mistake by getting intercepted twice in the red zone. The Eagles have also been vulnerable through the air, ranking 26th in the league at 279.6 yards permitted, but they have six interceptions and eight forced fumbles.
* Under is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Philadelphia.
* Favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six meetings.
* Giants are 1-4 ATS in their last five Monday games.
* Over is 8-2-1 in Eagles last 11 Monday games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Sixty-three percent of Covers users are backing the Giants.
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