Thursday Night NFL Betting — Eagles Navigate Injuries as They Host Giants

The New York Giants are basking in the glow of having finally won a game. And such a thing has actually kept them in the running in the NFC “Least” with the Cowboys and Team-Formerly-Known-as-the-Redskins.

Another team in that mix is their Thursday night opponent. The Philadelphia Eagles have not exactly inspired confidence in those investing in them. And they have not done anything to indicate that they are going to return to Super Bowl form.

The game kicks off at 8:20 PM ET at Lincoln Financial Field. It can be seen on the Fox Network, and will be available to Amazon Prime Video subscribers.

NEW YORK GIANTS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
BetAnySports Line: Eagles -4, Total 43.5

It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago the Eagles were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. They have sunk low enough that they were catching double digits at home against Baltimore last week. In that game, Philly looked worse than dead, trailing 24-6 going into the fourth quarter. But they waged a furious rally and almost pulled off a shocker. After scoring inside of two minutes, they failed on a two-point conversion that would have sent the game into overtime.

So is this an encouraging sign? It might be, in some ways. The Eagles outgained the Ravens, and they have found some new weapons. One of them is Travis Fulgham, who was waived by the Green Bay Packers during training camp but has found a pretty effective connection with Wentz, catching ten passes for 152 yards against San Francisco and chalking up 75 yards last week against Baltimore.

And head coach Doug Pederson is committed to making Jalen Hurts a part of the offense. The former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback was drafted in the second round by the Eagles even as Wentz was getting a big contract extension. But obviously Pederson, who brought us the “Philly Special,” had a number of things in mind. For one thing, Hurts is a natural for the Run-Pass option. For another, he can fill different roles, and he played a number of snaps at the same time as Wentz against the Ravens.

So there’s some offensive flexibility here. And Philadelphia is likely to get back injured receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. Or at least Pederson is “optimistic” about their return, along with that of tackle Lane Johnson.

But there is a flip side to all this; the Eagles are going to be without Miles Sanders (118 yards last week), who provides by far their biggest run threat (knee injury), and Zach Ertz, the invaluable tight end (high ankle sprain).

So is this enough reason to grab the points with the Giants?

Well, New York hasn’t generated much of an offense this season, and even in their 20-19 win over Washington, they had just 240 yards from scrimmage. Daniel Jones was the leading rusher (74 yards) and we’re not sure the Boys in Blue really want that. Devonta Freeman has been taking Saquon Barkley’s place, more or less, but he’s at about three yards a carry.

Seriously, the best case for the Giants here might be that they have covered 13 of their last 16 as a road dog. Such a thing suggests that they have been underestimated. But the Eagles’ valuation has apparently dipped and created this opening. Sure, the Giants are healthier. But they are also more combustible.

And the Eagles’ hasn’t been bad, ranking third in yards allowed per drive, without the benefit of creating much in the way of turnovers. And we trust the improvisational skills of Pederson more than that of first-year coach Joe Judge (grew up in the Philadelphia area), who has talked of giving some of the youngsters experience, even as they are just one game out of the division lead.

So we’ll lay the points.

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