New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (12/26/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (12/26/21)

Week 16 of the NFL regular season commences, the New York Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles for the second time this season. The two NFC East teams met earlier this year at Metlife Stadium, resulting in a Giants win 13-7. The Eagles have had more time to prepare in this matchup and have shown great improvement. The Giants are on a three-game losing streak taking their record to 4-10, while the Eagles are on a two-game winning streak bringing their record to 7-7. The Eagles need to pull off a win this week to have a chance to sneak into the playoffs. The Giants are ruled out for a playoff spot this season, but they still seek to end this season on a high note. This matchup may be exciting this week and should make for a higher score than their last meeting.

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds

This matchup between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles is projected to be a washout. The Eagles are given a significant advantage on ESPN’s matchup predictor with a 69.5% confidence interval of winning. Jalen Hurts’ injury recovery and improvement may play a large part in their success. DraftKings places the spread at -9.5 (-110) for the Eagles and +9.5 (-110) for the Giants. The moneyline is set at -435 for the Eagles and +330 for the Giants. The Eagles are 7-6-1 against the spread with failing to cover against the last three matchups with the rival Giants. The last Eagle’s home cover between the two teams occurred back in 2016, so many worry if this will be the match they can pull through. The Giants are 6-8 against the spread and have lost their past five away games this season. In those games, they have failed to cover four times. 

The over/under is placed at 40.5 points. Earlier this season, the matchup between the two teams significantly fell below that line. Both teams have a record for having point values exceed the 40 point line throughout the year. However, the offensive and defensive strengths offset with both of these rivals. Maybe with an improved Jalen Hurts, the Eagles may be able to stump the Giants defense and pull out a victory to keep the sights on the playoffs alive.

My prediction: Eagles win 28-14, Over 40.5

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TV Schedule

Date: 12/26/21
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
TV Coverage: FOX

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Live Stream

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New York Giants Analysis

The New York Giants have continued an extensive losing streak over the past few weeks. They have significantly struggled in their away games, going 1-6 on the road through Week 16. Although they had success against the Eagles’ last matchup where Jalen Hurts found himself injured during the game. There is also great fear for the team’s COVID chances since New York is being infected more than before. All Giants players have been precautious, so there is hope that the team remains primarily healthy going into this week. Positive COVID tests continue to sweep NFL teams, including the Giants’ neighbors, the New York Jets. So far, the Giants seem clear, but it may be important to keep an eye on key players.

This week, Daniel Jones remains on the sideline following the neck injury he sustained during the Miami Dolphins matchup. Mike Glennon became the starter for the team during the Miami game and has been unsuccessful in leading the New York team to a win. He has thrown for 673 yards and three touchdowns in his four games. He has also thrown for seven interceptions, which brings him to an average of almost two per game. The Giants need to eliminate turnovers against the Eagles because Jalen Hurts can lead his team to scoring drives on mistakes. 

Saquon Barkley, the team’s leading rusher, finds himself questionable once again going into Week 16. Barkley has been battling an ankle injury all season and has continued to have pain after his recovery. Barkley is the backbone of this team with Jones out. The team doesn’t like to risk taking the ball in the air with Glennon’s interception record and prefers to place the ball in the trusted hands of Barkley. If Barkley does return, he will need to push past the top 10 rush defense of the Philadelphia Eagles. If he is unable to return, the Giants may have a tough time gaining yardage with Glennon as their QB1.

The Eagles have struggled with their pass defense throughout the year, which may leave room for receivers Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton to make big plays. Golladay has 477 receiving yards this season but has yet to complete a touchdown pass. Slayton has 303 receiving yards with only one touchdown reception. Their third receiver, Kadarius Toney, will be out for this matchup because of an illness. He has potential for a return, but the window is looking dim. Without him, the Giants may have to switch up play calls and may lose some of their unpredictability, making it easier for the struggling Eagles’ pass defense.

New York Giants Depth Chart

QB: Daniel Jones
RB1: Saquon Barkley
RB2: Devontae Booker
WR1: Kadarius Toney
WR2: Darius Slayton
WR3: Sterling Shepard
TE1: Evan Engram

Philadelphia Eagles Analysis

The Philadelphia Eagles have shown great improvement over the past few weeks. They are on a two-game win streak following victories from the New York Jets and the Washington Football team. Their success has pushed them into second place in their division, leaving a small window of playoff opportunity. After this matchup with the Giants, they play at Washington’s stadium and then host the Cowboys at home. They need to pull off all three wins to secure a playoff wildcard position, and it all starts with taking on the Giants. 

Jalen Hurts had a stellar game against Washington last Tuesday. He threw just shy of 300 yards and had one touchdown pass. This takes his total yards up to 2,731, and 14 touchdown passes. He now averages 210 yards per game and has been leading his team very effectively. Entering this week, he has been listed as questionable with an ankle injury. He had a limited practice on Wednesday and is hopeful for a return. His ankle has been bothering him throughout the year after injuring it the first time against the Giants in their last matchup. The Eagles will need to have a healthy Hurts to pull off this win. 

The team’s leading rusher, Miles Sanders, is also questionable entering this matchup. Sanders did not participate in practice on Wednesday because of a quad injury. Sanders has given his team 709 rushing yards on 130 attempts this season. Last week, he put up a staggering 131 yards. In the previous meeting against the Giants, he was able to secure 64 rushing yards. If he is healthy, he will need to power through to gain the team the yards they need to lead to a win. 

The Giants have a weak passing defense that leaves Jalen Hurts ample opportunity to utilize his receivers. The team’s leader, Devonta Smith, has 741 receiving yards with his 53 receptions in his rookie year. The Heisman winner has been a big weapon for Hurts and can use his speed to dust cornerbacks with ease. Since it is his first year, he has struggled with completing passes and needs to focus on finishing the play instead of getting carried away trying to take the ball to the endzone. Smith struggled immensely against the Giants earlier in the season, only being able to secure 22 yards. Hopefully, Smith can show out his skill in his second matchup against the NFC East rivals.

Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart

QB: Jalen Hurts
RB1: Miles Sanders
RB2: Boston Scott
WR1: DeVonta Smith
WR2: Quez Watkins
WR3: Jalen Reagor
TE1: Dallas Goedert
TE2: Jack Stoll

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Daily Fantasy Picks

This week in fantasy, many players are trying to continue their playoff chances. If you have Jalen Hurts on your roster, this may be the week to start him. Last week, he put up more than 27 fantasy points for fantasy owners. His passing and rushing yards speak for themselves and mirror a young Lamar Jackson that leaves fantasy owners with joy when checking his points. He’s projected 21.4 points this week and may be able to boom past that with the Giants’ weak passing defense. In the last matchup between the teams, Hurts was only able to secure 6.86 points, but that was because he injured his ankle during the game. When Hurts is healthy and hungry, he can carry your fantasy team with no problem.

Maggie is a current political science major at the University of Oklahoma and wants to pursue a Masters Degree in Sports Management in her future. She has followed the NFL, MLB, and NCAA Men's Basketball all of her life. She's been very excited with NLCS appearances by the Dodgers, but is still patiently waiting and crossing her fingers for an AFC Championship from her Cleveland Browns. She even named her dogs "Dodger" and "Jackie" in support of her favorite MLB team and the legendary Jackie Robinson.

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