The Philadelphia Eagles are eight-point favorites against the New York Giants. If Philly lives up to those odds, not only would they sweep this season’s version of the Eagles–Giants rivalry. They would also secure a first-round bye to add to their NFC East title. And they would have earned it, too. Nick Foles will start in place of Carson Wentz, who sustained a season-ending torn ACL in the Eagles’ 43-53 win over the Rams on Sunday. Wentz set the franchise record for most TDs in a single season with 33 in his fourth game of the season with at least four passing TDs.
The second leg of the 2017 Eagles–Giants rivalry
- Date: Sunday, 17th December 2017
- Time: 1:05 PM
- Venue: MetLife Stadium
Online sportsbook odds for people who bet on NFL:
Eagles -8 (-110) 40 (-110)
Giants +8 (-110) 40 (-110)
Can Eagles continue covering without Wentz?
Make no mistake. The Eagles are no strangers to powering through injuries. Left tackle Jason Peters, return specialist/running back Darren Sproles, linebacker Jordan Hicks, and special-teams captain Chris Maragos have all gone down in the line of duty. But if there was someone who could have made the Eagles one half of the NFL Superbowl line, that was Carson Wentz. “If there’s ever an opportunity for me to rally the troops as the football coach, now might be the time,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “You can’t lose faith. This has been a resilient football team all season long.”
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 11, 2017
Philly has been spread-covering machine. They have gone 9-1 against the American football betting spread, as well as SU, in their last 10 games. Wentz has gone above and beyond what’s expected from a second-year players. He has thrown for 3,296 yards and leads the league in touchdown passes. Not to say that Foles isn’t good at what he does. What he does, though, is provide relief. Like he did in the Eagles’ comeback win over the Rams.
The Giants are going under in more ways than one
The Giants dropped a third straight game. They lost to Dallas 10-30 on Sunday. Their record fell to 2-11. That’s their worst since going 4-12 in 2003. Needless to say there won’t be any NFL playoff bets placed on the Giants. And while new coach Steve “Esteban the Spaniard” Spagnuolo can hardly be blamed for what went on under Ben McAddo, he certainly didn’t get off on the right foot. “I’m going to put a little bit of that on me,” Spagnuolo said in his first postgame press conference. “I didn’t like a couple of calls I had in the fourth quarter that resulted in bad plays for us defensively. I don’t want that to be on the players.”
The Giants’ ATS record is only slight better than their SU one. They have gone 2-2 against the American football betting spread in their last four games. What the Giants can be relied on is for them to score so few points that the total will go under. They have averaged just 12.2 points in the last four game, in all of which the total has gone under.