Sunday Night Football Preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Sunday, 11/20/11, 8:20 PM EST, TV:  NBC
Opening Point Spread:  New York -3.5
Current Betting Line:  New York -5
Opening Total:  47
Current Total:  45.5
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The New York Giants will try to sweep their NFC East divisional series with the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night

Philadelphia is set to continue its nightmarish season Sunday night when facing the New York Giants for the second time, dropping back-to-back games, including a 21-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals as 13.5-point home favorites.  The Eagles are unsure if quarterback Michael Vick is going to be under center, as he’s missed a lot of practice time with two broken ribs.  “He’s feeling a little bit better,” commented Eagles head coach Andy Reid.  “I’m not going to tell you he’s feeling great, but he’s feeling a little better.”  Philadelphia is 4-5 ATS when revenging a loss versus an opponent the last two-plus years.

The Eagles were handed a 29-16 loss by the Giants in the first meeting this year as nine-point home favorites, gaining 177 yards on the ground and 199 through the air.  Vick was actually knocked out of that contest on Sept. 25 due to a broken right hand.  Philadelphia could be led offensively by backup signal-caller Vince Young, while wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected back after being deactivated last week due to missing a team meeting.

New York hasn’t dropped back-to-back games this year, coming off a 27-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers as four-point road underdogs.  The Giants are preparing to face Vick despite the questions about his status.  “My response is that if it is at all possible, he will play,” stated Giants head coach Tom Coughlin about preparing for the Eagles starting quarterback.  The defensive unit is probably more concerned in stopping Philadelphia’s punishing rushing attack that comes in averaging 171.6 yards per game.  New York is 18-22 ATS over the last two-plus seasons and the ‘over’ is 26-14 in those contests.

The Giants have been led by the steady play offensively of quarterback Eli Manning, coming in with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions with a 97.0 passer rating.  New York will not have the services of running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who will be missing a third game with a broken right foot.  The rushing attack has been unreliable for most of the year, gaining just 89.2 yards per game.  On the other side of the ball, New York’s fierce pass rush leads the league in sacks and will get after any opposing quarterback that it faces Sunday night.

Bettors will likely back the Eagles due to their 7-1 ATS mark as a road underdog of 3.5 to 10 points, while the Giants are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings.

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