It’s an NFC East matchup on Thursday night as the 1-5 New York Giants and 1-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles face a tight turnaround to do divisional battle in the City of Brotherly Love to kick off Week 7 in the NFL. The Eagles swept the season series last year and have won seven straight against their rivals. The G-Men last beat Philly in Week 9 of the 2016 season.
Big Win for Big Blue
The Giants finally got in the win column, surviving a comeback attempt from the Washington Football Team in Week 6, to snap their five-game skid to begin the season and earn Joe Judge his first victory as an NFL head coach. New York gave up a touchdown to Washington with 36 seconds left in the game to pull within a point.
But instead of going for the extra point and the tie, Ron Rivera opted for a 2-point conversion and the lead, but his gamble did not pay off and the Giants prevailed. It marked the franchise’s first win (also against Washington) since December 22 of last year.
On the Flip Side…
The Eagles valiant attempt at a comeback on Sunday fell short when their end-of-game 2-point attempt failed that would have tied the game at 30 against the Ravens. Philly trailed Baltimore 17-0 and 30-14, but fought back, out-scoring the Ravens 22-6 in the final quarter.
Much like the Giants against Washington, the Ravens had the Eagles play sniffed out and it never had a chance. Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson said afterwards that he probably should have used his final timeout to talk about the play call.
Giants/Eagles Betting Lines
MyBookie lists the Eagles as 6-point favorites in this one, with an over/under of 45.
Free Betting Pick
Not counting opening night, there isn’t a clear cut advantage for the home team so far on Thursday Night Football. Teams playing in their stadium are 2-2 SU as the Dolphins and Broncos have gone on the road on short rest and pulled off a victory. Can the Giants be the third? It’s unlikely, though with the Eagles’ mounting injury list, covering the spread isn’t out of the question.
The good news for the Birds is that they should get DeSean Jackson back for this one, but unfortunately he can’t play offensive line. We’ll lean to the Giants to cover, but consider that these two teams have combined to score more than 45 points in five of their last six meetings so our play is on the total.
Spooky Express Free Pick: OVER 45