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On Sunday, December 17th, the (11-2) Philadelphia Eagles will be on the road to take on the (2-11) New York Giants.
“The Crowd” is projecting a final score of Eagles 27.3 – Giants 16.7 with an over/under of 44.0.
2017-18 Statistics (32 total teams):
Yards per game: Eagles 390.5 (3rd) > Giants 296.2 (29th)
Points per game: Eagles 31.1 (1st) > Giants 15.3 (31st)
Turnover margin: Eagles +8 > Giants -3
Fewest yards allowed per game: Eagles 294.2 (4th) > Giants 395.7 (32nd)
Fewest Points allowed per game: Eagles 19.2 (5th) > Giants 24.7 (27th)
The Eagles have now won ten of their last eleven games after an impressive 43-35 road victory over the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles outgained the Rams 455-307 in total yardage and nearly doubled them up in time of possession. Carson Wentz was 23-41 for 291 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Wentz suffered a torn ACL and will be forced to sit out for the remained of the season. Wentz was having a terrific campaign and was one of the frontrunners for league MVP. The Eagles rushing attack totaled 139 yards on 32 carries (4.3 average) against the Rams. Torrey Smith had 6 catches for 100 yards. The Eagles defense allowed an opponent to cross the 30-point plateau for the first time this season although they did force two turnovers. The Eagles (+154) lead the NFL in point differential.
The Giants miserable season continues as they were crushed 30-10 at home by the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys outgained the Giants 454-330 in total yardage. Eli Manning regained his role as starting quarterback after being wrongfully benched by then head coach Ben McAdoo. Manning was 31-46 for 228 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Giants run game garnered 102 yards on 29 carries (3.5 average). The Giants inability to run the football and turnovers have been their achilles heel this season. Manning has been without his top two wide receivers (Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall) for the majority of the season and the overpaid defense has been a huge disappointment. The Giants (-122) rank 30th in the NFL in point differential.
Fortunately for the Eagles, backup quarterback Nick Foles has had some success in the league, but the loss of Wentz is devastating for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. Foles has a great supporting cast around him and they should be able to get by especially against an inferior opponent. Look for the Eagles to get pressure on Manning and force him into a few turnovers. The line of (-10.5) may be a little steep in the absence of Wentz, but I expect the Eagles to take care of business on the road.
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