Week 16 - New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The 10-4 New York Giants travel to Philadelphia to take on the 5-9 Eagles in this week’s Thursday night matchup with both teams going in different directions. The Giants have won 4 of their last 5 games including last week’s 17-6 victory over the Detroit Lions. It was the second week in a row the their defense allowed 7 or fewer points. Philadelphia has lost 5 games in a row including last week’s 27-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Eagles couldn’t convert a 2-point conversion with 4 seconds left when an extra point would have tied the game. Eli Manning had an efficient game finishing with a passer rating of 115.3. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 201 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Odell Beckham Jr. who had 6 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Sterling Shepard also had a nice game catching 4 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. They had some success running the ball as they gained 114 yards on 32 carries. Paul Perkins led the team with 56 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, they were able to force 2 turnovers and sack Matthew Stafford once for a loss of 5 yards. They absolutely shut the Lions running game down as they only gained 56 yards on 19 carries which is an average of just 2.9 yards per carry. Over their last 5 games their defense has allowed their opponents to average just 13 points per game. Carson Wentz struggled last week as he finished with a passer rating of 52.7. He completed 22 of 42 passes for 170 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target Zach Ertz who had 6 catches for 80 yards. No other Eagles receiver had more than 27 receiving yards. They had a lot of success running the ball gaining 169 yards on 38 carries. Ryan Matthews led the way with 128 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Over the last 5 games the offense has scored an average of 18 points per game. Defensively, they were able to force 2 turnovers and sacked Joe Flacco 3 times for a loss of 17 yards. They allowed Baltimore to have 4 plays that went for at least 34 yards. They struggled against the rush as the Ravens gained 151 yards on 24 carries, which is an average of 6.3 yards per carry. The Giants are 7-5-2 against the spread this season including 5-3-1 on the road. Philadelphia has gone 6-8 against the spread this season including 4-2 at home. The Giants are favored by a field goal in this game despite being on the road. These 2 teams last met on November 6th with the Giants winning at home by the score of 28-23. Philadelphia has gone 1-5 since that game and are out of the playoff picture, while the Giants are in second place in the NFC East.
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