New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles NFL Week 16 Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2016-12-22 at 10.36.40 AMThursday night NFL action from the NFC East as the red-hot New York Giants visit the slumping Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Giants have won eight of their last nine games and are off a 17-6 home win over Detroit, while the Eagles are off a 27-26 road loss to Baltimore, which was their 5th consecutive loss. This contest has a start time of 8:25 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Giants listed as 2.5 point favorites, while the total has been set at 41.5. This contest will be televised on NBC with a start time of 8:25 pm EST.

Breaking Down The New York Giants

The New York Giants had a 2-3 start to their year, but they have won 8 of their last nine games and are the only team this year to beat the Cowboys. This is a very solid team and they come in off a big 17-6 home win over the Lions. The catalyst for the Giants this year has been their defense, which has turned into one of the best in the league. They have allowed just 13 total points in their last two games and just 13.2 ppg in their last 5 games. This team is locked in on defense and will be taking on an Eagles off that has struggled for most of the year, but also put up 26 points on a very good Baltimore defense last week. Overall, the Giants rank 15th in total yards allowed, 23rd vs the pass, 6th vs the run and 3rd in points allowed, giving up just 17.9 ppg. The offense has not been great this year and has yet to score more than 28 points in a game. They have struggled of late as they have scored 17 points or less in each of their last three games, but they are not facing a good Eagles defense in this one. Eli Manning has thrown for 3491 yards and 25 TDs this year, but he has made too many mistakes with 13 INTs. The Giants as a team are 27th in total offense, 17th in passing, 30th in rushing and 24th in scoring, putting up just 19.4 ppg.

Trends: The Giants have gone 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and 1-4 ATS their last 5 games in the series. The Over is 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, while the Under is 6-0 in their last 6 road games.

Breaking Down The Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles had the look of a surprise team early on, but they have really fallen on hard times as they have lost their last five games in a row and have been eliminated from playoff contention. They nearly beat the Ravens last week, but came up just a bit short as they went for a 2-point play instead of tying up the game and taking their chances in OT. The Eagles have just run out of gas this year as they don’t have a great offense and their defense has really been overworked of late. The Eagles had one of the better defenses earlier in the year, but they have allowed 27.8 ppg in their last five games. The good thing here is that they are facing a giants team that has been very weak on offense of late and has yet to score more than 28 points in a game. Overall, the Eagles come in ranked 12th in total yards allowed, 12th vs the pass, 17th vs the run and 13th in points allowed, giving up just 21.4 ppg. On offense they have had their struggles for the most part. Carson Wentz had a good start to his career, but he has struggled since and has thrown just four TDs to 10 INTs in his last seven games. His QBR of 78.5 is 27th in the league. Overall, Philly ranks 20th in total offense, 24th in passing, 9th in rushing and 16th in scoring, putting up 22.6 ppg. They have averaged just 18.0 ppg in their last five games.

Trends:  The Eagles have gone 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 16 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. the NFC. The Over is 22-8 in their last 30 games in December, while the Under is 10-4 in their last 14 games following an ATS win.

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