The 2-3 Philadelphia Eagles will travel to New York to take on the 1-4 Giants in this week’s Thursday night matchup. Both teams lost their second in a row last week and lost by a combined 4 points. The Eagles were defeated 23-21 by the Minnesota Vikings, which was a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game. Their come back attempt fell just short as they trailed 20-3 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. The Giants lost on the road 33-31 to the Carolina Panthers. They led 31-30 with 1 minute left before Panthers kicker Graham Gano made a 63-yard field goal with 1 second left to secure the win.
Carson Wentz finished with a passer rating of 115 and it still was not enough to beat the Vikings. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 311 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He was also sacked 3 times and lost a fumble. His favorite target was Zach Ertz who had 10 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. As a team, they struggled running the ball as they gained just 81 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, they recovered a fumble but sacked Kirk Cousins just once and had 1 tackle for a loss. They did a good job against the run as they limited the Vikings to just 77 yards on 23 carries, which is an average of just 3.3 yards per rush. For the year, the Eagles have allowed their opponents to scored an average of 20.8 points and gain an average of 359 yards.
The 31 points the Giants scored against the Panthers was a season high despite Eli Manning having a bad game. He completed 22 of 36 passes for 326 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Odell Beckham Jr. had a monster game catching 8 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. He also threw 57-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley who had 4 catches for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns. The team really struggled running the ball as Barkley had 48 of the teams 50 rushing yards on 15 carries. On the season, the Giants offense has averaged 20.8 points and 363 yards per game. Defensively, they intercepted Cam Newton twice and sacked him once. They did a decent job against the run as the Panthers gained 118 yards on 31 carries, which is an average of 3.8 yards per rush.
The Giants will have home field advantage in this game and are 3-point underdogs. They have gone 2-3 against the spread so far including 0-2 at home. The Eagles have gone 2-3 against the spread including 0-2 on the road. Luckily both of these teams play in the NFC East where no team has a winning percentage over .500. The Eagles currently sit tied for second in the division while the Giants are alone in last place. Expect the fans at Met Life Stadium to be ready as this game could go a long way towards playoff implications.