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    Eagles and Giants Look to Find Identities

    The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants battle on Thursday Night Football. MetLife Stadium will host the NFC East division clash starting at 8:20 pm EST.

    FOX will have the telecast, along with the NFL Network.

    Oddsmakers opened the Eagles as -2.5-point favorites versus the Giants, while the game’s total opened at 45. Philadelphia is now a 1-point favorite. The total is down to 44.

    The reigning Super Bowl champion Eagles, hardly have the look of a contender. Especially not one of the teams to beat through the first five weeks of the season. They are Coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since 2016.

    The Eagles Lost a heart-breaking 23-21 contest in a rematch of the NFC Championship game this past Sunday. They are 2-3 on the NFL season.

    The short turnaround could also help the reeling Giants. They are dealing with drama off the field courtesy of comments by star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

    They are also trying to erase the memory of Sunday’s crushing 33-31 loss at Carolina on a 63-yard field goal. They are 1-4 on the season.


    Eagles Have to Get Offense in Gear

    Philadelphia’s offense has been struggling and has yet to put up more than 23 points in a game. They received a jarring blow Monday when starting running back Jay Ajayi was lost for the season due to a torn ACL.

    While trade reports swirl in Philly, the Eagles will likely use the tandem of Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement again at RB. New York has a defense that ranks 27th against the run.

    Philadelphia could also go the aerial route with Carson Wentz playing himself back in shape. He will be targeting Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz has a team-leading 41 receptions.

    Philadelphia has the league’s No. 2-ranked rushing defense, surrendering 66.4 yards per game.

    The Eagles have won three straight and four of five in the series but each game was decided by five points or fewer.

    Wentz has 11 touchdown passes and two interceptions in his past five division matchups.


    Giants Need to Just Play Better

    The Bloomin’ Onion Haired Beckham had his best game Sunday. He found the end zone for the first time while hauling in eight receptions for 131 yards. It was his third 100-yard effort of the season. He also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Saquon Barkley.

    Tonight Barkley can make history. He can become the second player in league history to account for at least 100 yards from scrimmage in the first six games of his career.

    Manning threw for a season-high 326 yards at last week. He also had a season high with 434 yards passing in a 34-29 loss to Philadelphia in December.

    Linebacker Olivier Vernon could make his season debut Thursday for a defense that has a league-low 6.0 sacks.


    PREDICTION: Eagles 24, Giants 23





    Recent Form
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    Philadelphia 2-3 1-4 20.60 20.80 -0.2 1-2 0-2 2-3 0-3 2-0
    NY Giants 1-4 2-3 20.80 25.60 -4.8 0-2 2-1 2-3 0-2 2-1

    Power Stats

    Yards Per Point
    PHI 17.66 16.5 1.16
    NYG 16.24 13.82 2.42

    Yards Per Pass
    PHI 9.23 10.41 -1.18
    NYG 9.71 11.70 -1.99

    Yards Per Rush
    PHI 4.43 3.35 1.08
    NYG 3.86 4.61 -0.75

    Team Records

    Philadelphia Eagles
    Overall 2-3 2-1 0-2 1-4 1-2 0-2 20.60 20.80 -0.20
    vs Conf 1-2 1-1 0-1 1-2 1-1 0-1 20.00 20.67 -0.67
    vs Div 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    Last 3 1-2 1-1 0-1 0-3 0-2 0-1 21.33 21.67 -0.34

    New York Giants
    Overall 1-4 0-2 1-2 2-3 0-2 2-1 20.80 25.60 -4.80
    vs Conf 0-3 0-1 0-2 1-2 0-1 1-1 20.67 28.67 -8.00
    vs Div 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 13.00 20.00 -7.00
    Last 3 1-2 0-1 1-1 2-1 0-1 2-0 25.33 29.33 -4.00

    Supergrid
    Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 20.60 25 25.60 19
    Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 318.00 6 193.50 4
    Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 104.00 17 153.50 29
    Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 20.80 24 20.80 8
    Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 222.00 25 360.00 30
    Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 89.50 23 56.50 1
    Head To Head Summary
    Philadelphia 8-2 6-4 7-3 27.40 134.50 4.37 36.10 63.43 245.40 379.90 1.60
    NY Giants 2-8 4-6 7-3 19.90 88.30 3.62 45.60 60.09 302.30 390.60 1.90

    Head To Head Detail
    Dec 17, 2017 PHI NYG 34-29 108 233 341 0 75 429 504 1
    Sep 24, 2017 NYG PHI 24-27 49 366 415 2 193 161 354 1
    Dec 22, 2016 NYG PHI 19-24 114 356 470 3 118 168 286 1
    Nov 6, 2016 PHI NYG 23-28 96 349 445 2 54 248 302 2
    Jan 3, 2016 PHI NYG 35-30 120 315 435 2 208 294 502 1
    Oct 19, 2015 NYG PHI 7-27 81 166 247 3 155 270 425 4
    Dec 28, 2014 PHI NYG 34-26 164 262 426 1 76 429 505 1
    Oct 12, 2014 NYG PHI 0-27 85 168 253 1 203 245 448 2
    Otbr 27, 2013 NYG PHI 15-7 88 237 325 1 48 152 200 3
    Oct 6, 2013 PHI NYG 36-21 140 299 439 0 53 330 383 4

    NFL Betting Odds & Trends
    Team Last 5 Games

    Philadelphia Eagles
    Oct 7, 2018 MIN 21-23 L -3.5/48.5 L/U 81 283 364 77 298 375 1 H
    Sep 30, 2018 TEN 23-26 L -3/41.5 L/O 117 315 432 70 327 397 0 A
    Spt 23, 2018 IND 20-16 W -6.5/45.5 L/U 152 227 379 68 141 209 2 H
    Sep 16, 2018 TB 21-27 L -3/46.5 L/O 91 321 412 43 393 436 0 A
    Spt 6, 2018 ATL 18-12 W 0/44 W/U 113 119 232 74 225 299 1 H

    New York Giants
    Oct 7, 2018 CAR 31-33 L 6.5/43.5 W/O 50 382 432 118 232 350 1 A
    Sep 30, 2018 NO 18-33 L 3/52 L/U 65 234 299 170 219 389 2 H
    Spt 23, 2018 HOU 27-22 W 6/44.5 W/O 114 265 379 59 368 427 -2 A
    Sep 16, 2018 DAL 13-20 L 3/42 L/U 35 220 255 138 160 298 1 A
    Spt 9, 2018 JAC 15-20 L 3/42.5 L/U 114 210 324 137 168 305 1 H


    Next up:
    Philadelphia home to Carolina Sunday, October 21
    New York at Atlanta Monday, October 22


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