What a wild ride it’s been so far in the NFC East this season. The division has a combined 5-18 record but someone is almost guaranteed a win when the Eagles host the Giants on Thursday Night Football.
As usual, we have a full preview and betting tips for the marquee clash below!
NFL Week 7 Thursday Night Betting Picks
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday 22nd October, Lincoln Financial Field, 8.20pm (ET)
New York Giants
The Giants have had a season to forget so far. They currently have a 1-5 record through the opening few months of the season and haven’t really even had much to get excited about. They recorded their first win of the season in Week 6, by the barest of margins over the Washington Football Team.
Their defense hasn’t been particulary bad, and they currently sit in the top half of the league for average yards allowed per game both through the air and along the ground. Their offense, however, has been a different story. They are second last in the league for points scored per game at just 16.8 and are struggling mightily to move the ball without star running back Saquon Barkley.
Devonta Freeman has been the go to guy at running back since Barkley went down with injury. He has steadily incresed in rushing yards in all four games he has played, recording only 10 yards on five carries in his first game compared to 61 yards on 18 carries against Washington in Week 6. Should see plenty of the ball again
It’s hard to find many positives in the NFC East at the moment, and the Eagles are just another struggling team in the division, currently maintaining a 1-4-1 record through their opening six games of the season. They have, however, had a pretty tough run over the past two weeks, facing the Steelers and Ravens. Their game against the Ravens showed glimpses of respectability, and they were able to cover in the end, going down by just two points.
The Eagles are also one of the lowest scoring teams in the league, averaging just 23.5 points per game. Luckily for the Eagles, the NFC East is still wide open for the taking, and despite their 1-4-1 record, they could conceivably be the favorites for the division after the injury to Dallas QB Dak Prescott.
If there is one thing the Giants have done well so far this season, it’s stop the run. They currently sit in 8th place for rushing yards allowed per game at just 106.5 and they won’t have massive task ahead of them this game, with No.1 Eagles RB Miles Sanders out with injury. Boston Scott and Corey Clement will share the load at running back, but we don’t really expect either of them to light the world on fire.
Have to side with the Eagles here. The Giants have shown us nothing over their six games so far outside of stumbling across the line against Washington on the weekend. They are without their best player and have lost their last seven games in a row to the Eagles regardless of location. Philly should continue that streak at home.