A three-team logjam atop the NFC East will be at least partially undone Sunday when a pair of 2-1 division rivals—the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles—square-off at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
According to the latest NFL odds, depending on where you look a bettor can take or lay anywhere from between 1 and 2.5 points. Given how close this game figures to be a supporter of either side would be wise to go shopping for their most favorable line.
The Giants have been led by its high-powered offense that ranks 4th in the NFL picks in points scored (31.3 a game) and 2nd in passing yards (325.7). At the controls is two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning, who may be playing the best football of his career. He leads the league in passing yards with 1,011 through the first three games while once again proving to be at his best in the fourth quarter.
The Giants running game , which ranks 17th in the NFL with 100.3 yards a game, should also receive a boost with the return of running back Ahmed Bradshaw from injury. While backup Andre Brown—who ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns 36-13 against the Panthers last week—has proved capable, the addition of Bradshaw will provide some much-needed depth at the position.
One caveat for Giants’ backers this week—New York has struggled against the Eagles in recent years. Its only win since 2008 against its division rival came last September while 9-point road underdogs.
This game figures to be a tight-one, but the Giants seem worthy of getting the slight edge. The Eagles have been unable to protect quarterback Michael Vick and the Giants feature one of the best pass-rushes in the NFL. Look for the Giants eke out the victory and provide the cover against the Eagles.