The New York Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles tomorrow in a battle between two NFC East Division teams that carries with it playoff implications.
No, the struggling last place Giants are not threatening the division leading Dallas Cowboys, even after Jerry Jones’ team has lost three of the most recent four games including an overtime loss on Thanksgiving against the Las Vegas Raiders. The team moving into contention for a postseason slot, and perhaps even a division title, is the Eagles.
Philadelphia opened this season with a road win over the Atlanta Falcons, 32-6. That result brought up two quick questions; are the Falcons that bad or are the Eagles a team to be reckoned with?
Turns out, the Falcons are that bad, but the thought Philadelphia was ready to challenge the best teams in their division didn’t immediately materialize as the Eagles dropped their next three games. After four weeks of the season, the Cowboys were atop the division with a 3-1 record and poised to win three more in a row and seemingly put a lock on the NFC Division midway through the 2021 season.
Then, the Cowboys began their stumble with a blowout loss at home to the Denver Broncos, and after a win over the Falcons, have lost two more games against the Kansas City Chiefs and their holiday loss to the Raiders.
While the Cowboys experienced their recent dip, the Eagles have won three of four games and with a victory at MetLife Stadium on Sunday would pull to within 1½ games of Dallas, a team they meet for a second time this year on the final day of the regular season.
Can you imagine how excited this young Eagles team is with second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts directing an offense that is now the number one rushing team in the NFC and second overall in the league?
Can you imagine how confident they are against a New York Giants team that was blown out on Monday Night Football last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and fired their offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, while looking for answers to an anemic attack?
The betting public is confident too, more than 70% of all wager on this game are backing the road Eagles. But, before you join that crowd, know this, while the public is backing the Eagles in big numbers the point spread, that number set by informed individuals looking to separate bettors from their money, has not moved. The Eagles opened as a 3½ point road favorite, and still are.
That is our first clue that this may not be a sure thing for the high flying Eagles.
Second piece of evidence is to know this, last Monday night, before the Giants were blown out by 20 points against the Buccaneers, the public was backing the Giants with their wagers getting double-digits against Tom Brady and company.
So, what we’ve got here is a Giants team that was backed by public wagers last week and are now being bet against. You don’t think the public is going to lose their wagers while betting on a Giants game again this week?
Qoxhi Picks: New York Giants (+3½) over Philadelphia Eagles