The New York Giants face the first-place Philadelphia Eagles for the second time in three weeks. Philadelphia defeated New York, 22-21, in Week 7 at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Giants have lost eight straight games against the Eagles; the last win came November 6, 2016, a 28-23 victory at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants are coming off their second win of the season, beating the Washington Football Team 23-20. The Eagles had their BYE in Week 9.
Philadelphia is a four-point favorite, according to Caesars Sportsbook.
Daniel Jones committed zero turnovers in last week’s game; the first time in a start this season, and only the second instance in his career.
In the first matchup, both Jones and Carson Wentz only had one interception, but the Giants also had two fumbles, one from Jones.
Carson Wentz leads the NFL in interceptions with 12 and has committed a turnover in every start this season. Jones and Wentz are also both tied for second in fumbles lost among QBs with four.
Simply put, the quarterback who commits fewer turnovers — because no turnovers may be a lofty goal — will give their team a better chance to win.
Last week, the Giants gave Matt Peart 24 snaps at OT, which was 31 percent of the plays, as rookie Andrew Thomas was out there for 88 percent of the snaps and Cam Fleming at 83 percent, a reduced rate from the week before.
Whether the OTs play nearly every down, like the guards and center, will remain to be seen and something to follow on Sunday.
Both teams allowed three sacks in their prior matchup; expect that number to wane with the improvements added to both lines.
Unlike the previous contest, it will be the Eagles with more weapons offensively.
The Giants will still have their receiving corps slated to play, but RB Devonta Freeman is inactive.
With the NFC East tightly-contested and the challenging schedule ahead, divisional wins are imperative.
Both teams have a legitimate chance to win the division; but, because of how they fared thus far, this serves as a quasi-playoff game.
For the Giants, it is the first meaningful game this late in the season since 2016. A win on Sunday will deliver hope and an entertaining Week 11 and Thanksgiving for Giants fans who can watch how the rest of the division unfolds, knowing they’re in the mix.
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