New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles - 12/17/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Eagles (11-2) at New York Giants (2-11)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Giants +8 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants meet Sunday in NFL action at MetLife Stadium.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a shot to win 12 games for the first time since 2004, as they’re chasing the top seed in the NFC. The Philadelphia Eagles have won four of their last six road games. Nick Foles is completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 98 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Foles has just 69 combined pass attempts the last two seasons. Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz have combined for 1,395 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Nelson Agholor has 48 receptions. The Philadelphia Eagles ground game is averaging 143 yards per contest, and LeGarrette Blount leads the way with 696 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Philadelphia is allowing 19.2 points and 294.2 yards per game. Nigel Bradham leads the Philadelphia Eagles with 69 tackles, Brandon Graham has 8.5 sacks and Jalen Mills has three interceptions.
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The New York Giants have a chance to play spoiler here while snapping a three-game losing streak. The New York Giants have lost five of their last six home games. Eli Manning is completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,639 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Manning has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard have combined for 1,170 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Odell Beckham Jr. has 25 receptions. The New York Giants ground game is averaging 90.1 yards per contest, and Orleans Darkwa leads the way with 580 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, New York is allowing 24.7 points and 395.7 yards per game. Landon Collins leads the New York Giants with 102 tackles, Jason Pierre-Paul has 6.5 sacks and Janoris Jenkins has three interceptions.
The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC East and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Giants are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Eagles are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings in New York, 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 meetings and the favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The Philadelphia Eagles are much more than Carson Wentz, as they have a quality defense and playmakers on offense, including deep running back depth that can takeover drives. But having Wentz out for the season and Foles at quarterback is a major drop off. Foles has been a backup the last couple of years for a reason, and he has just 69 pass attempts the last two years combined. Sure, he knows the system being around the team for a while, but thinking he's going to step in and the Eagles will keep on marching is a little naive. The Giants have not scored more than 17 points in each of the last four weeks and have little to play for at this point, but they should have their chances playing a backup quarterback. Not to mention when these teams met back in Week 3, it was decided by a last second field goal. I'm not seeing the reason why the Eagles are such big favorites here. Give me the Giants at hoem and the points.