New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5,
The hottest offense in the NFC will be on display in
Philadelphia on Sunday night but it does not belong to the host
team. The resurgent New York Giants, averaging 35 points during
a three-game winning streak, look to continue their momentum
against the Eagles in an NFC East matchup. New York stumbled
out of the gate with a pair of meager offensive efforts, but
has won each of its last three by double digits entering a
two-game road trip versus division co-leaders Philadelphia and
It comes as little surprise that the Eagles are having few
issues finding the end zone under Chip Kelly, but the bulk of
the scoring over the past two weeks has been provided by their
defense and special teams. “I don’t care how we win,” said
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, one of the few constants on
offense. “We can win 2-0 or we can win 50-49. As long as we
win.” The longtime rivals have split their past six meetings,
with the road team emerging victorious in both matchups last
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC.
LINE HISTORY: Eagles opened as fieldgoal faves, but that has
since moved to -2.5. The total has held at 50.
INJURY REPORT: Giants – CB Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie (Probable, ankle), DE Robert Ayers
(Questionable, neck), LB Jon Beason (Questionable, toe), RB
Rashad Jennings (Out indefinitely, knee). Eagles
– LB DeMeco Ryans (Probable, going), RB Chris Polk
(Doubtful, hamstring), WR Brad Smith (Out, abdominal)
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Giants (-0.25) + Eagles
(-0.5) + home field (-3.0) = Eagles -3.25
WEATHER FORECAST: Temperatures in the mid-50s
with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow across the field at 5
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The Giants are 3-0 L3 after
a 0-2 start as the offense is starting to click. First of two
straight divisional road games before bye. Underdog is 14-4-1
ATS L19 meetings. Philadelphia nearly blew a 27-point lead and
has been outgained by at least 114 yards in the last 3 games.
2-10-1 ATS L13 games after allowing more than 350 total yards.”
Expert Matt Fargo.
CHEERLEADER WAR: The Giants don’t have
cheerleaders, but here is a pic from the Gotham City Dancers to
fill the void.
ABOUT THE GIANTS (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS, 3-2 O/U):
Eli Manning tossed a career high 27 interceptions last season
and was picked off twice in each of New York’s first two games,
but has rebounded to throw eight touchdowns versus one
interception during the three-game winning streak. Starting
running back Rashad Jennings suffered a knee injury in last
week’s 30-20 victory over Atlanta, but Kelly doesn’t expect a
drop-off with rookie Andre Williams starting. “He is a big
physical runner,” Kelly said. “You watch him in the preseason
or watch him when he was at Boston College – he ran for over
2,000 yards last season at BC.” The Giants, who lead the league
with eight interceptions, are surrendering an average of 17
points over their past three.
ABOUT THE EAGLES (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS, 4-1 O/U):
Although running back LeSean McCoy has scored only one
touchdown and is averaging a paltry 2.9 yards per carry, New
York is wary of a breakout game by last season’s leading
rusher. “As soon as you forget about him he’ll have 100 yards
in the first quarter. Then you look stupid,” Giants defensive
end Jason Pierre-Paul said. As expected, Nick Foles has been
unable to match last season’s ridiculous numbers of 27 TDs
versus only two interceptions and is averaging 201 yards
passing the past two weeks after opening the season with three
straight 300-yard games. The defense and special teams have
made up for the offensive struggles with five TDs – two blocked
punts, fumble, interception and punt return – in the past two
* Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Philadelphia.
* Road team is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Giants are 4-1 ATS in their last five vs. NFC East.
* Over is 5-1 in Giants last six games in Week 6.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 59 percent of wagers are backing the