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Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants - 12/22/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Giants (10-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-9)
Date & Time Thursday December 22, 2016, 8:25 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Eagles +2.5 -- Over/Under: 42
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NFL | New York Giants (10-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-9)

The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles meet Thursday night in a key NFC East NFL showdown at Lincoln Financial Field on NBC.

The New York Giants hope to stay in the playoff race by winning their ninth game in their last 10 tries. The New York Giants have not won 11 games since the 2008 NFL season. Eli Manning is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 3,491 yards, 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Manning has thrown two or more touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard have combined for 1,765 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Victor Cruz has 29 receptions. The New York Giants ground game is averaging 81.2 yards per contest, and Rashad Jennings leads the way with 497 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, New York is allowing 17.9 points and 347.5 yards per game. Landon Collins leads the New York Giants with 108 tackles, Olivier Vernon has 8.5 sacks and Janoris Jenkins has three interceptions.

The Philadelphia Eagles look to play spoiler while snapping a rough five-game losing streak. Four of the Philadelphia Eagles five wins this season have come at home. Carson Wentz is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 3,385 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Wentz has one or less touchdown pass in his last four games. Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz have combined for 1,436 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Darren Sproles has 47 receptions. The Philadelphia Eagles ground game is averaging 112.9 yards per contest, and Ryan Mathews leads the way with 615 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Philadelphia is allowing 21.4 points and 344.2 yards per game. Nigel Bradham leads the Philadelphia Eagles with 87 tackles, Fletcher Cox has 6.5 sacks and Rodney McLeod has three interceptions.

The Giants are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in December and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Giants are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the road team is 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 meetings.

The Eagles have owned the Giants over the years with victories in seven of the last 10 meetings. However, the Eagles are a team that's falling apart due to an offense that lacks playmakers, a quarterback who has hit the rookie wall and a defense that's on the field way too long. The Giants continue to find ways to win and are doing so with an improved defense that's allowed a combined 27 points in their last three games. Playing on the road with short rest is never easy, but this is a game the New York Giants should be able to win to remain in the NFC playoff hunt.

New York Giants -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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