Thursday Night Football this week takes us to New York where the defending Super Bowl champions will be looking to get their season going after a 2-3 start. The Giants have been looking like their season could go downhill quickly, but they did look much better last week and would’ve beat the Giants on the road if it weren’t for the 63-yard field goal by Graham Gano.
Eagles offense vs Giants defense
The strength of the Giants team is the defense and really the Eagles have not looked nearly as good this season on the offensive side of things as they did last season. Carson Wentz is still trying to get back to the form he was at last season, which was an MVP level, but now they are going to have to work on replacing Jay Ajayi after he tore his ACL, and they will also be without Darren Sproles this week as he is dealing with a hamstring injury.
I’m fully expecting the Eagles to air it out his week with the injuries they have at running back and that shouldn’t be too easy as the Giants are in the top-10 in the NFL in yards allowed per attempt.
The one guy the Eagles do have though is Zach Ertz, and he is one of the toughest matchups in football and he is a tight end the Giants have not seen yet this season. It’ll be interesting to see how they deal with Ertz, but if they can do a good job on him it wouldn’t surprise me to see them hold down the Eagles offense pretty well.
Giants offense vs Eagles defense
I don’t trust the Giants offense very much against any NFL team and I certainly don’t trust them against one of the better defenses in the league. I think with the way the Eagles can get after the passer and with the way the Giants have struggled to protect Eli Manning not only this season, but also for the last couple of seasons, I don’t envision him having too much time to throw.
If they are able to give Manning some time, I could see Odell Beckham doing some damage to the Eagles secondary because he’s so good and if there is a weakness at all in the Eagles defense, it’s the secondary. Now that’s not a shot because it’s still a good unit, but they could be vulnerable to a guy as good as Beckham, especially with him having the compliment of Sterling Shepherd.
I’m also not expecting the Giants to really be able to run the ball at all against that Eagles defensive front, but if they can get Saquon Barkley involved in the passing game, he could still have an impact, but overall I’m not expecting too much from the Giants on offense.
Both kickers are pretty reliable, but I’ll give the edge to Jake Elliott and the Eagles. What will hurt the Eagles is that Darren Sproles won’t be available and we know what kind of threat in the return game he can be if he’s given the chance.
I think this game will be on the lower-scoring side of things and I’m going to go with the Eagles because they do have the better defense and even though they’ve struggled more on offense this season than last season, they are still the better offense. The thing that will likely make this game closer is that the Giants are the home team and it’s a Thursday Night game.
Usually the road team struggles more in Thursday Night games and I don’t have any reason to think that will be any different this week. It’ll likely be close, but I think the Eagles are just a too good for the Giants, even under these circumstances.