The NFC East race is going to be a fight to the finish as only one team sits above the .500 mark entering Week 6. The Giants have overcome an 0-2 start in which they blew two games late to win three in a row and assume the top spot in the division, heading to Philadelphia on Monday night to battle the Eagles. Chip Kelly’s offense expected to be one of the most explosive in the league after putting up monster numbers in the preseason, but the Eagles finally busted out in last week’s blowout of the Saints.
Philadelphia (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS) gained 519 yards in a 39-17 rout of New Orleans last Sunday, as Sam Bradford eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the second time this season, throwing for 333 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles cashed as 6 ½-point ‘chalk,’ marking the first time in four tries this season Philadelphia has covered in the favorite role. DeMarco Murray rushed for a season-high 83 yards and one touchdown, as the Eagles improved to 2-0 when gaining at least 100 yards on the ground.
New York (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) goes for its first four-game winning streak since 2013, as the Giants held off the 49ers last Sunday night, 30-27. The Giants squandered fourth quarter leads in their first two losses to the Cowboys and Falcons, but Tom Coughlin’s team turned the tables on San Francisco thanks to an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Larry Donnell in the final minute. New York failed to cover as 7 ½-point favorites, but Manning threw for a season-high 441 yards and three touchdowns, while outgaining San Francisco by 145 yards.
The Eagles swept the Giants in 2014, which includes a 27-0 shutout at Lincoln Financial Field last October. Philadelphia limited Manning to 151 yards, while wide receiverVictor Cruz suffered a right knee injury that ended his season in the embarrassing loss. In the second matchup at Met Life Stadium in the final week of the regular season, the Eagles outlasted the Giants, 34-26, as Manning threw for 429 yards in the defeat. In spite of last year’s blanking at Philadelphia, the Giants have split the last four meetings at the Linc, with all four game finishing ‘under’ the total.
This is a key game for the Eagles, who already have lost twice inside the division to the Cowboys and Redskins. Dallas enters Week 6 one game out of first place in the NFC East at 2-3, but own the best divisional record at 2-0, while New York has split its first two divisional contests. Under Kelly, the Eagles posted 4-2 marks in the NFC East in each of his first two seasons, while going 3-4 SU and 2-5 ATS at home, which includes a loss to the Cowboys in Week 2.