The New York Giants are scheduled to face the Eagles in Philadelphia late Sunday afternoon on the the final day of the 2022 NFL regular season.
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Where the Giants and Eagles Stand Heading Into Week 18
The game is vitally important to the Eagles and head coach Nick Sirianni, who need a win or tie against the Giants (or a Dallas loss or tie at Washington on Sunday) to secure the NFC East crown, the top seed and the accompanying bye in the playoffs.
If they don’t beat out the Cowboys (12-4), who are 5.5-point favorites over the Commanders (who have no playoff hopes), the Eagles would get the No. 5 seed, no week off, and a road game at Tampa Bay next week.
For the Giants (9-6-1 SU/12-4 ATS, second best in the NFL) and first-year head coach Brian Daboll, this game is essentially meaningless. They are locked in as the No. 6 NFC playoff seed after clinching the berth with a rousing 38-10 home versus Indianapolis last week.
The keys to this game are who’s going to play and who’s not for Philadelphia and New York.
With chances to clinch the East and the top seed the past two weeks with backup QB Gardner Minshew in the lineup, the Eagles were 40-34 losers in Dallas in Week 16 and then 20-10 at home versus New Orleans last week as a 4.5-point choice. Minshew’s crushing pick-six late against the Saints doomed Philly in that one.
There was a report that indicated Hurts, 13-1 as a starter, will suit up for the first time in three weeks. If so, will he start? Will he come in if the Eagles are in a late desperation mode? Will he come in for goal-line situations where the threat of his running is a key?
Hurts is the league’s third-ranked passer and is second on the Eagles with 747 rushing yards. RB Miles Sanders leads Philly in that category and is fifth on the league chart with 1,256 yards.
Just ahead of him is NYG’s Saquon Barkley with 1,312 yards. Considering he suffered a serious knee injury two seasons ago, it might be wise if he sits this one out. He’s already had 295 carries (third most in the league), but hasn’t had the same workload since getting a league season-high 35 carries and 152 yards against Houston eight weeks ago.
There’s always the chance NYG (and maybe Philly, too) will be playing on short rest next week since the wild-card round playoffs commence on Saturday with two games. Thus, it would seem getting rest here would be a major consideration.
In their previous meeting four weeks ago, the Eagles routed the Giants 48-22 as a 7-point choice, one of only four times this season NYG didn’t beat the spread. It was also their most lopsided defeat of the season. Barkley had only 28 yards on nine carries.
The Eagles had 253 rushing yards, their second most this season and the most allowed by NYG. Philadelphia averaged 8.2 yards a carry, their top norm for a game in 2022. Sanders had a season-best 144 yards.
Then there’s that Eagles pass rush, which is four sacks shy of matching the NFL record for a season set by the 1984 Bears (72). Philadelphia has had at least six in each of their past five games, including seven against NYG four weeks ago.
Giants vs. Eagles Injuries
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts, who is third on the Caesars SportsBook odds board to win league MVP honors (+15000) but well, well behind KC’s Patrick Mahomes, has missed the past two games with a strained right (throwing) shoulder. Will he be back? As of midday Wednesday, Sirianni said his QB’s injury was still being evaluated and that the team is taking it day by day.
Giants vs. Eagles Prediction
Based on previous results this season, the Eagles will win this game but not cover.
There have been seven teams previously that were favorites of 14 points or more, and they won them all. But those seven heavily-favored squads went only 2-4-1 against the spread. Overall, double-digit favorites are 8-16-1 ATS.
Speaking of resting players, if the Giants sit out starting QB Daniel Jones or play him only briefly, Tyrod Taylor would step in. In mop-up duty versus the Eagles in that previous meeting, he dropped back to pass eight times and suffered three sacks. He had better learn to make quicker decisions or prepare to be on the run all day.
Forecast: Eagles 23, Giants 13