Heading into the Week 6 matchup, the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants are set to face off in a critical NFC East matchup that could have a significant impact on their respective playoff chances.
Wentz working his way back into form
The first five weeks of the 2018 season for the defending champions have been anything less than ideal with the franchise struggling to string together strong outings. The Eagles are a bit of a rut that has seen them drop their last two games in disappointing fashion coming up just short in both instances. In what was a tough battle against the Minnesota Vikings, it saw them make a late-game surge that had put them in the position to potentially pull out the win at home. Instead, it saw them string together much offensive scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter behind Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz‘s arm as he put together a strong outing completing 24-of-35 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns in what marked his second straight 300 passing yard performance in his first three games played.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 7, 2018
Wentz has shown much progress in his play on the field with the more playing time he has gotten as he looked more like the player he was last year. He has shown more comfort in the pocket and with his throws the further along the season he has moved. Through three games played, Wentz has 914 yards on 67.2 percent completion rate with five touchdown passes to one interception. This has seen Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz step up as his favorite target in the passing game as he recorded 110 receiving yards on 10 catches and a touchdown in the loss to the Vikings. It marked his second straight 100 receiving yard outing while since Wentz returned he has 25 catches on 35 targets for 295 receiving yards over that span. If the Eagles hope to get back on track, it will have to see them put up points through the air against the Giants defense that ranks ninth against the pass this season despite their struggles on the field. Wentz’s upward trend throwing the ball may bode well for them in helping them push back forward toward contending for the playoffs.
Giants hoping to find offensive groove
Throughout the first few weeks of the 2018 season, the Giants have been off to another discouraging start that has seen their offensive woes come under much scrutiny on the field. It has led to even star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to question his team’s offensive prowess on the field. Heading into Week 5 action, the Giants had ranked 29th in the league with just 18.3 points per contest while being 21st with 232.3 passing yards per contest and 27th with 82.0 rushing yards per game. Quarterback Eli Manning seemed to answer the call on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers after completing 22-of-36 passes for 326 yards with two touchdowns helping lead his team to 31 points. This had put his team in the spot to earn a huge road win before a 63-yard field goal by kicker Graham Gano ended those chances.
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 7, 2018
Beckham Jr. had also stepped up throwing a 57-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Saquon Barkley, who had four catches for 81 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. The All-Pro wideout also had a strong outing at his position with eight catches for 131 receiving yards and a touchdown. These two have been a huge a factor in bringing a steady offensive firepower throughout the year that has been their consistent factors. It has been an utter lack of stable play from the offensive line that has only compounded their issues while pushing them into this early season rut. The Giants will have to figure it out once again against one of the better defenses in the league in the Eagles that rank 11th overall while giving up 20.3 points per game, which is ninth fewest in the league. This will be the key to them finally getting back into the win column and bring more life to their playoffs chances.
- Giants are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games on fieldturf.
- Giants are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Giants are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC.
- Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 6.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Eagles may be trending in the wrong direction in the win-loss column, Wentz’s continued improvement in his plays as the season rolls long should see him get back in the right direction. Philadelphia will be a tough environment on the road, but the Eagles should get a much-needed comfortable win on the road against their NFC East foe.
Prediction: Eagles -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Although these two teams are fielding two of the league’s better defenses, both of these offenses are trending in the right direction. It should turn out to be more of a shootout rather than a defensive battle between these two teams. What also helps is that the over is 6-0 in the last six meetings played in New York.
Prediction: Over 45