Let’s go on a bit of a time-travelling trip. To Sunday night of Week 2.
If you were a New York Giants fan, you were sad. Distraught, even. Big Blue had just blown its second-straight double digit lead in the fourth quarter, falling to the Atlanta Falcons. The team was 0-2, a mess, everything was awful.
Now, fast forward to today.
The New York Giants are in sole possession of first place in the NFC East and things are, legitimately, looking up. What happened? This team is confident. They’re not dominant. They’re not big-names. They’re a kind of mish-mash, jumble of players. But, they’re confident and, in the end, that’s what counts.
“The grit, the way in which we play, the energy that is spent, the scrappiness if you will,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week. “Those would be things right off the top of my head.”
Now, fresh off a dramatic final-second victory last Sunday night, the Giants return to primetime with a matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. Eli Manning will need another major performance, especially with a banged up receiving corps, but for a QB who is, finally, starting to get used to Ben McAdoo’s offense, that might not be a problem.
Kickoff for the NFC East tilt is slated for 8:25 p.m. on Monday night and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Here’s everything you need about the the matchup’s betting information, per OddsShark:
Line: Philadelphia -3.5
Moneyline: Philadelphia -190, New York +165
What To Watch For
Can the Philadelphia Eagles maintain their momentum?
That’s the big question facing Chip Kelly’s squad ahead of a Week 6 matchup against the New York Giants, fresh off a dominant victory over the New Orleans Saints last week.
This, of course, happened before. The Eagles notched an impressive victory over the New York Jets and everything was, supposedly, fine. The team had found a rhythm, the offense was rolling, it was all good. Then, of course it wasn’t.
That can’t happen again and Philadelphia is anxious to make sure it doesn’t.
“We ran the same plays we always run,” said Kelly earlier this week. “We just executed them.”
The Eagles offense, which racked up 519 yards last week, needs to find some consistency in the run game – an attack that finally started to live up to preseason expectations last week. The offensive line started to block and DeMarco Murray finally looked a bit like DeMarco Murray.
Now, it’s time to keep it going.