Giants vs Eagles matchup preview and current betting lines
Two lifelong divisional foes will square off one more time. The New York Giants travel to the City of Brotherly Love for a non-brotherly clash with the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that controls its own destiny to clinch the no. 1 seed in the NFC after a near-perfect season.
The New York Giants also had an impressive campaign, especially in the first half, starting off with a 7-1 record that included multiple comebacks wins. Brian Daboll’s team struggled later, and it seemed like their playoff hopes were slipping, but they got the job done when it mattered the most.
Back in the postseason for the first time in years, the G-Men could look to rest some of their key guys in this game, especially down the stretch. They’re already locked in as the sixth seed, and nothing that happens here will change that.
That’s why oddsmakers believe the Philadelphia Eagles should be favored by as many as two scores at home. Nonetheless, this is still a divisional rivalry game, and this means more for the players, the fans, and even the coaches.
Players to watch:
Daniel Jones: Daniel Jones has pretty much taken his career back from the ground this season, and he has Brian Daboll to thank for that. He might not play the full game vs. the Eagles, but he has sure earned another contract.
Gardner Minshew: Jalen Hurts is unlikely to play this game as he continues to nurse an injury and get ready for the postseason. That means Minshewmania will get another chance to prove that he still deserves a spot in this league.
Week 18 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Giants vs Eagles
The opening Giants vs Eagles spread has the home side favored by as many as two touchdowns in this game. This only means they’re expecting coach Daboll to give some of their key guys the night off, but that might not happen.
Daboll has repeatedly stated that he has no intention of taking the game off. He did say that he’ll do what’s best for the team, meaning the starters could be out if the game gets out of hand early, but that’s not likely to happen, either.
Even if the Eagles win this game, which they should, as they control their own destiny in terms of playoff seeding, we shouldn’t expect this to be a blowout. I mean, it’s not like Minshew has balled out in his two starts of the season.
Minshew has a great arm and the Eagles have a plethora of playmakers in the offense, that’s right, but the G-Men feature a strong defense that could keep this game closer than what most would expect. Simply put, this is just too big of a spread for this game.
The opening Giants vs Eagles odds have this game total sitting at just 43 points. Once again, that’s oddsmakers trying to tell us that the New York Giants don’t intend to take this game seriously, and once again, we’re telling you they’re wrong.
There’s no way in hell the Giants will want to enter the postseason without some sort of momentum, especially offensively. And while the Eagles need to win this game, the intensity may not be on their side as they qualified for the postseason weeks ago.
The Eagles allowed Andy Dalton to put up 204 yards and 20 points against them, so their defense isn’t exactly at its best right now. On the flip side, Minshew did put up 34 points against the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago, so you know what he’s capable of.
This game should feature a couple of lead changes, at least in the first half. Then, even if the Eagles pull away by 10 points or so, we like the Giants to try and keep the intensity going to make this a battle, rather than a blowout. This could be a 28-21 kind of game.