EAGLES (2-3) AT GIANTS (1-4)
LINE: Eagles by 3; Over/Under: 44
TV: Ch. 5, NFL: 8:20 p.m.
There's no such thing as a must-win game in Week 6. Or is there? Fans of the Giants and Eagles might finally agree on something when they say: Yes!
The Giants are trying to avoid a 1-5 start, the Eagles 2-4, so this is about as desperate as it gets for the second Thursday in October. If the Giants prevail, all four NFC East teams will have the same amount of wins with two. So while the Giants thought they had their season-saving win last Sunday before a last-second 63-yard kick said otherwise, they're still in it with a win here.
Thursday night games tend to be close, and these rivals are always involved in down-to-the-wire contests. The Giants lead the series, 85-83-2, but the Eagles have won three in a row and seven of eight. The last five games have been decided by 5, 3, 5, 5 and 5 points. The underdog Giants covered in both meetings last season.
The Giants (2-3 ATS) have lost and failed to cover in both home games this season. The Eagles (1-4 ATS) have not covered since Opening Night, and are 0-2 straight up on the road. The Eagles lost Jay Ajayi for the season, and Darren Sproles has been ruled out for this game.
The Giants showed flashes of the team they thought they'd be at Houston and at Carolina. Can they get their act together at home? I think so. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. will build off last week's on-the-field production, and Saquon Barkley will deliver in his first taste of the rivalry. The Giants have their issues, but the Eagles do too. Carson Wentz isn't all the way back yet and the offense has sputtered.
In a must-win spot, give me the more desperate team at home to not only cover but win. Something tells me this will be a wild, unusually high-scoring TNF game. Call it: Giants 38, Eagles 35.
The pick: Giants
Bob Glauber: Giants
Tom Rock: Giants
Al Iannazzone: Eagles