- The Eagles are just 2-4 against the spread
- The Giants have lost seven consecutive games against the Eagles
- The OVER has hit in four of the Eagles last six games
Riverboat Ron Rivera’s decision to go for two likely cost bettors some cash Sunday afternoon. After the Football Team rallied back to trail the Giants by just one point, 20-19, in the game’s final minute, Washington’s head coach made the decision to go for two, failed, but WFT backers hit the backdoor cover +1.5. Had Rivera kicked the extra point, Giants’ backers had a shot at the game-winning field goal or touchdown and cover. New York got their first win on the season, but fell to 3-3 against the spread.
Speaking of two-point conversions, Carson Wentz also fell a couple yards short of forcing overtime against the Ravens. However, the Eagles’ quarterback engineered two late-fourth quarter touchdown drives to earn Philly backers the +10 cover to improve to 1-4-1 straight up and 2-4 against the spread.
|Week 7: New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles Game Info|
|Date: October 22, 2020, 8:20 p.m. ET|
|Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field|
|TV Coverage: FOX|
|Opening Odds: Eagles -6 | O/U 45|
|How to Bet: Best Online Sportsbook Reviews|
Philadelphia opened as 5.5-point home favorites, but the spread has since ticked up to Eagles -6. The Giants moneyline opened at +241. The point total opened at 47.5, but dipped down to 45 as of Monday afternoon. The total has gone OVER in seven of Philadelphia’s last nine games against the Giants.
New York is 6-0 against the spread in their last six road games, while the Eagles are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
New York Giants News and Notes
The Giants lost the turnover battle, time of possession, were 0-for-3 in the red zone and New York’s defense allowed a Kyle Allen-led offense to convert 8-of-15 third downs in their 20-19 victory. The saying goes “a win is a win is a win,” but there are exceptions to every rule and/or saying and this latest Giants effort appears to be one of them.
With Saquon Barkley out for the season, the Giants have struggled to get any semblance of a running game going. So much so that quarterback Daniel Jones, who is quite mobile, has scampered to lead the team in rushing and averages 34 ground yards per game. That’s sub-optimal when the Eagles front seven loads up the box and forces Jones to become one-dimensional. For all their faults, and at 1-4-1 there are plenty, but Philly’s pass defense does rank in the top 12. The team’s first string running back by definition, Devonta Freeman, has averaged just 3.2 yards per carry since being signing a free agent deal.
Heading into a matchup against an Eagles offense that dropped 28 points on the Ravens defense, New York is right to be concerned about their third down package. Through six games, the Giants have allowed opposing offenses to convert 53.75 percent of their third downs, second-most in the NFL. Despite the ugly record, Wentz continues to compete and this is a facet of the game that can allow the Eagles to build an early lead and not look back.
Philadelphia News and Notes
Two key pieces of the Eagles offensive attack are likely out against the Giants. ESPN is reporting Zach Ertz is out the next 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury, while running back Miles Sanders could miss due to a knee injury. Both players got hurt in the Eagles loss to the Ravens. Sanders’ 434 rush yards account for more than 59% of the Eagles running game, while a slow start to the season has limited Ertz’s contributions, but gone are his 24 receptions and a touchdown. It just feels like the Eagles have been plagued by injuries for the better part of the past 2-3 seasons and continue to stitch together enough of a roster to take the field each week.
Betting Pick: Giants +6
The loss of Miles Sanders might be too much to overcome when needing to cover a touchdown or more. The Eagles needed overtime to beat the Eli Manning and the Giants in Philly last season and that was WITH a healthy Ertz and Sanders. The game might not be pretty to watch, but New York can grind out this cover late in the game.