There are four marquee matchups ahead this weekend for the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, two on Saturday and two on Sunday.
The primetime game on Saturday will be an NFC East bout with the Eagles hosting the Giants. Here’s a betting guide for that matchup that might help you when making your pick on the game.
Line open: Eagles -7.0, 47.0
Current line: Eagles -7.5, 48.0
Tickets: 64% Giants, 77% over
Handle: 57% Giants, 94% over
Giants record: 10-7, 14-4 ATS
Eagles record: 14-3, 8-9 ATS
Offense vs. Defense
-- 18th in total yards
-- 26th in passing yards
-- 4th in rushing yards
-- 16th in scoring
-- 2nd in total yards allowed
-- 1st in passing yards allowed
-- 16th in rushing yards allowed
-- 8th in scoring
-- 25th in total yards allowed
-- 14th in passing yards allowed
-- 27th in rushing yards allowed
-- 18th in scoring
-- 3rd in total yards
-- 9th in passing yards
-- 5th in rushing yards
-- 3rd in scoring
Your thoughts on this game likely depend on how much you’re buying into New York’s latest surge. Daniel Jones is playing the best football of his career, and the defense is improving behind the talented trio up front of Dexter Lawrence, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Leonard Williams.
On top of that, the Giants hung tough in Week 18 with all backups playing against the Eagles starters and lost by just six. Jalen Hurts threw for just 229 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in that game Philadelphia had to win in order to clinch the NFC East.
However, the Eagles were the class of the NFC throughout the regular season, and it makes sense to back a defense that ranked second in total yards allowed during the regular season and an offense that ranked third in the top 10 of every meaningful category. Philadelphia is a juggernaut when playing well, especially at home.
Giants +7.5 and over 48.0
I can’t get past the gut feeling that 7.5 points is too many for a Giants team that has shown us consistent improvement over the entire season. Maybe I’m not taking home field for the Eagles into consideration enough. Maybe I need to respect what Philadelphia put on tape for most of the season. But for as long as I’m getting the hook above seven, I like New York.
I’m also going to follow the steam and take the over given my faith in both of these offenses.