ON JOB TRAINING: The Giants have some rookies playing important roles on offense. NY did opened as a 3-point favorite before the number was bet down, while the total hit the board at 42 before also being bet down. “Any time you can truly feel like your brother has your back, you can play that much better for him”. The spread also suggests that the Giants are favored to win the contest.
The Giants are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in December and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. Jennings averages 3.2 yards per carry.
Defensively, Philadelphia has given up the 11th most passing touchdowns (23) while picking off 11 passes (15th in the league).
Their stark improvement has manifested in the Giants reversing a trend of losing a multitude of close games in 2015 because of the defense’s inability to produce late fourth quarter stops.
The New York Giants are 10-4, following a 6-17 win against the Detroit Lions last week. Philadelphia suffered a 27-26 loss to the Ravens in Baltimore last week, as a two-point conversion failed in the final seconds of the game. The Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. He’s now tied for third in the National Football League in receptions (85) and touchdown catches (10), and is fourth in receiving yards (1,173). The Eagles need to have that same commitment to running the ball against the Giants. The Eagles didn’t allow Beckham to go off in the first meetings, but he still caught two touchdowns. The Eagles would love to ruin it.
2nd down: Carson Wentz had a breakthrough by leading his first last-minute touchdown drive.
Cruz had no doubt where there first step would take him. But Wentz once again got himself into trouble with an early interception that the Ravens converted into a touchdown. He’s become a reliable target for Carson Wentz, catching passes in the middle of the field.
Vikings at Packers (-6.5): Sam Bradford’s completion percentage is 71.6 percent, which could break the NFL’s single-season record of 71.2 percent set by Drew Brees in 2011. With no downfield threat and no player who can really make plays with the ball in his hands, the Eagles struggle to play from behind. And for the second time in three games, safety Rodney McLeod’s effort has been called into question. The offensive line is an area of concern, but the return of guard Justin Pugh, a Council Rock South grad, from injury helped improve consistency last week in a win over Detroit.
If there’s one bright spot for the Eagles, losers of five straight, it’s been the excellent work of Ryan Mathews. The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29, in Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. It’s also was just the fifth game this season that the Cowboys’ dynamic rookie hadn’t scored. Linebacker Jordan Hicks had an interception and is tied for the team lead with three. Manning throws three interceptions.
CB Janoris Jenkins (back) and LB Jonathan Casillas (knee) are questionable for the Giants.
This has all the makings for an Eagles upset. They generally rely on Manning and Beckham to produce big plays. Lane Johnson is back. The Giants, meanwhile, haven’t been good at getting to the quarterback, logging 31 sacks on their way to an adjusted rate of only 5.4% (22nd).