Jimmy McGinty begins his NFL Week 6 preview with a very strong bet on the Eagles to beat the Giants on Thursday night.
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
A bonus blog this week as I love the Eagles in Thursday Night Football. They face the New York Giants in an important NFC East clash.
Coming off a loss, their third in five starts, the Eagles are being underestimated. They were sloppy on Sunday with some massive fumbles and drops in the red-zone. A game they could and should have won. They faced a Vikings side coming off a long week (Eagles came off an overtime loss) and desperate not to slip to one win from five. Cousins was electric so no surprise they lost. They could’ve beaten the Titans the week before as well (lost in over-time) and sit on a 4-1 record and look like the Super Bowl champions they are. Instead they are underrated as a 2-3 side.
The Eagles now need to get their season back on track. Before the season I would’ve argued they had the strongest roster in the League – it’s time for them to show up and deliver. They have excuses for the slow start. Alshon Jeffery missed the opening three games when Hollins and Wallace were also missing. And of course, Carson Wentz missed the first two (Foles was awful) and looked rusty on return. Both Wentz & Jeffery should be 100% now. Ajayi misses time now but Clement and Smallwood will cover for him just fine.
Reasons they can get back on track: The Eagles have a dominant pass-rush and the Giants offensive line is a mess. They protect a washed-up QB in Eli Manning. It’s a recipe for disaster. The Eagles defense is also home to one of the best run-stopping units in the League. Not good for a side relying on getting Saquon Barkley going.
NYG lost to Dallas, a good defensive side who got in front and controlled the game as the Giants offense weren’t capable of mounting a comeback. They also lost to the Saints, a top-quality side who showed there was a significant talent gap between them. The Eagles, with a good offense and defense, can replicate either of those performances here. When the Eagles lost to the Bucs it was a magic aerial attack that beat them – Eli doesn’t have the arm to do that.
The Eagles are the better side, with a better coach, on a short week – ideal. A rookie head-coach on a short week is a bad thing – see the Colts got blown out last week by the better side and coach. The Giants don’t have a significant home advantage either.
6pts Eagles to beat Giants - 4/6 Betfair