It’s difficult to believe the New York Giants haven’t faced their division rivals in the postseason since January of 2009. When the sixth-seeded Eagles stunned the host Giants, 23-1, as four-point underdogs.
This time it’s Philadelphia at home and favored (by 7½ points), according to the Las Vegas NFL odds. The last time that was the case, the Eagles won, 23-20, Jan. 7, 2007 in a wild-card game.
Now, two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks at making plays with arms and legs are at the fore.
The line opened with the Eagles favored by a touchdown. Philadelphia did sweep the season series. However, a lot of the Giants’ key players were held out of the second game (the final week of the season), since New York was locked into the No. 6 seed in the NFC. This Saturday’s game has an 8:15 p.m. ET start. Money is coming in on the over (47½-point total).
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We have four proposition bets ahead of Giants-Eagles, highlighting some key players in both camps.
Let’s check the latest NFL news, stats, injury reports, and NFL lines for the Giants vs Eagles. We’ve plenty of NFL picks for NFL Divisional Round Playoffs Games.
NFL: Giants vs Eagles Props
- Jalen Hurts to score first touchdown +550
- Daniel Jones over 45½ rushing yards O/U -125/-105
- A.J. Brown to go over 71½ receiving yards O/U -125/-105
- First score of the game to be a Philadelphia field goal +340
Hurts Ready to Rumble
During the regular season, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NFL in rushing yards per game. It won’t be that surprising to see plenty of runs, especially early in the game.
One of the main differences between the teams is that the seven times a touchdown opened the scoring in one of the Giants’ games, New York saw the opposition do it five times. The Eagles opened the scoring with a touchdown eight times. Six of those times, it was via a running play, quarterback Jalen Hurts had half.
Do not be surprised to see Hurts go to work when the Eagles get close to the end zone.
- Pick: Jalen Hurts to score the first touchdown (+550)
Jones Legging it Out
One of the keys to the Giants’ win at Minnesota last week was the ability of New York quarterback Daniel Jones to extend drives with his legs. Some were designed runs, others a case of a lack of discipline by the front seven of the Vikings.
There are questions surrounding the availability of Philadelphia’s strong-side defensive end Josh Sweat (neck). His absence could result in a less-productive player being asked to contain things on the edge.
Philadelphia opposes Jones and the Giants twice during each season. It will be more prepared to neutralize the running part of Jones’ game. Regardless, the athletic Giant quarterback ought to have more than his share of running plays during the game.
- Pick: Daniel Jones over 45½ rushing yards (-125)
Brown Goes to Town
The Giants did an admirable job having the right defense in place whenever game-breaking Minnesota receiver Justin Jefferson went on one of his routes, as not only did Adoree Jackson stay with Jefferson, he had one of the safeties to help.
Philly doesn’t have just one outside receiver to stop here. Both A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith can wreck a defense. It will be hard to expect the Giants to focus on just one of them, especially with tight end Dallas Goedert also able to make big plays.
Brown had 119, 70, 181, 103, 97, and 95 receiving yards in his last six games, and with 59 targets in those games, he will be busy once again in this game.
- Pick: A.J. Brown to go over 71½ receiving yards (-125)
Getting His Kicks
During 10 games this season, the first points in a New York game came via a field goal. Just twice was it the reliable Graham Gano opening the scoring.
Conversely, in three of the last four games in the regular season, the Eagles’ first points were a Jake Elliott three-pointer. He also accomplished that feat in the third game of the season.
Even though touchdowns figure to be scored in this game, it won’t be a surprise to see Elliott getting an early chance to get his kicks. He finished 20-of-23 on field goals during the season.
- Pick: First score to be an Eagles’ field goal (+340)
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.