PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-11)
at NEW YORK GIANTS (8-7)
Kickoff: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Line: New York -7, Total: 46
The storylines are plentiful on Sunday when the Eagles visit the Giants.
New York must to win to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Big Blue has stumbled to a disastrous finish, losing back-to-back road games (at Atlanta and Baltimore) and getting outscored 67-14 in the losses. Getting back home should bode well for them, as they’re 5-2 SU (though just 3-4 ATS) at home. With rookie QB Nick Foles hurt (broken hand), the Eagles will turn back to Michael Vick under center. The Eagles have a five-game road winning streak (SU and ATS) against the Giants. In Philly in Week 4, Vick led a late FG drive to give the Eagles a 19-17 win over New York, which missed a 54-yard FG in the final seconds.
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This will likely be the final game of Andy Reid's 14-year tenure in Philadelphia. His team has outgained New York this season, 356 to 353 total YPG, which is pretty remarkable considering the Eagles have a minus-23 turnover margin and the Giants are at +13. Vick hasn't played since Nov. 11 when he sustained a concussion in a loss to Dallas, but he is 3-1 as a starter against New York since he signed with Philly. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy has also played well in the series with four career 100-yard games, including 123 yards the first time they met this year on Sept. 20. McCoy had missed four games with a concussion before returning the field last week, where he finished with 122 total yards in a loss to the Redskins. The Giants have not been a great run defense this year, allowing 130 rushing YPG on 4.6 yards per carry.
New York has dropped five in a row at home to Philly, and has also lost five of its past seven games this season after starting out 6-2 SU. Last Sunday's 33-14 blowout loss in Baltimore prevented the Giants from having a chance at the NFC East crown, but they can still make the playoffs with a win plus losses by Chicago, Minnesota and Dallas.Eli Manning has not been playing well down the stretch, failing to throw a touchdown in four of the past eight games. That number would've have been five had he not thrown a garbage touchdown late in the fourth quarter of the blowout loss in Baltimore. Part of his struggles has been due to top WR Hakeem Nicks being slowed by a knee injury. Nicks failed to catch a pass last week for the first time in his career. Philly's defense has been solid this year, allowing just 216 passing YPG and 7.0 YPA.