Week 7 of the NFL kickoffs on Thursday night with an NFC East rivalry showdown between the New York Giants (1-5, 0-3 away) and Philadelphia Eagles (1-4-1, 0-2-1 home). Although both have a combined record of 2-9-1, neither team is out of the division race.
The kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. EST at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia is a 4-point favorite, according to oddsmakers.
What to Know – New York Giants
The New York Giants enter the short week riding high from their first victory of the season on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, 20-19. Thursday’s contest marks the fourth game in seven weeks that the Giants will be on the road. The Giants will have extended time off following the game, with a bye week followed by a Monday Night Football date on Nov. 2nd.
Daniel Jones has completed 123-for-201 passes for 1,223 yards, three touchdowns, and a dismal six interceptions. Jones is also the team’s leading rusher with 204 yards on the ground.
New York is playing the remainder of the season without franchise running back Shaquon Barkley but have found their every-down back in recent weeks. Free-agent signee Devonta Freeman has looked good in a Giants uniform, carrying the ball 51 times for 164 yards and one score in four games.
Darius Slayton is the Giants’ primary target at wide receiver. The second-year player has caught 25 passes for 406 yards and accounted for all three receiving touchdowns Jones has thrown this season.
Defensively, the Giants are surrendering 25.3 points and 342.0 yards of total offense per game. The Giants forced two turnovers, including a fumble returned for a touchdown Sunday against Washington.
What to Know – Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia charged back Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens but ultimately fell, 30-28 when a two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter failed. The loss was the second in-a-row for the Eagles, who also have a bye week following the contest.
Carson Wentz hasn’t particularly played up to his standard this season. The former Pro Bowler is 138-for-235 for 1,401 yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions this season. Four of those touchdown passes have come over the last two weeks.
Leading back Miles Sanders’ status for Thursday’s game is up in the air, but the expectation is Boston Scott to be the primary back. In a backup role this season, Scott has carried the ball 21 times for 67 yards and caught seven passes for 48 yards.
Travis Fulgham has emerged as the primary receiver for Wentz, hauling in 18 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. All of that production has happened over the last three games.
Philadelphia’s defensive unit allows just under 30 points (29.2) while allowing opponents to gain 355.2 yards of total offense per game. The Eagles have forced only five takeaways through their first six games.
The Pick is In
In the last ten games between these two teams, they are 5-5 against the spread. The Eagles are 9-1 against the Giants straight up in the same timeframe. This one should be close, with either team being able to knock off the other.
We feel confident taking the Giants and the points in this one.