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Thursday Night Pick: Eagles at Giants

It’s Thursday Night! And It’s time for a division rivalry rumble!

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Thursday Night Pick: Eagles at Giants

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The Giants are 1-4 and so they must win this game, not only because it is a divisional rival, but because if they go 1-5 you might want to kiss the playoffs goodbye. But this is a must-win game for the Eagles too, because not only will they move up to the top of the division, their remaining schedule is not easy.

 The Eagles still have road games against the Rams and Saints, who could arguably be the two best teams in the NFC. Philly also has the Jaguars and the Panthers back-to-back in the next couple of weeks, so the Eagles really should take advantage of a divisional game such as this one tonight.

But we all know how these divisional games can go; especially in the NFC East. It certainly won’t be easy.

With rain in the forecast for tonight’s game, it could get sloppy and so anything can really happen (remember Steelers at Browns on Week 1?) Not to mention, the Eagles offense is still a bit banged up, which includes Jay Ajayi who recently went down for the season with a torn ACL. Now Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement will have to step up in place, but both are a somewhat wild cards when it comes to production.

Last week the Giants lost a heart-breaker against the Panthers and actually scored more than 30 points for the first time in about forever. Actually, it was January 3, 2015 when the Giants last scored at least 30 points in a game. And guess who their opponent was? You got it, the Eagles! But Giants still lost…35-30. Crazy.

The Giants offense is actually 17th in passing yards in the league at 262 yards per game, while the Eagles defense is 22nd against the pass, allowing 277 passing yards per game.

With a sloppy-weathered game in store, complemented by a banged-up offense and suspect secondary, I think the Giants have a shot. Both of these teams have lost their past two games, but I think the Giants need this win more, and I think they will scratch and claw out an upset victory at home. Giants win 23-20.

Enjoy the game!

Matt lives in Newnan, Georgia but was born and raised in Upstate New York. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Boston Celtics. At the collegiate level, he is a Notre Dame and Syracuse fan (yeah he can root for both, and what?!) He must, however, find a soccer team to root for. So him out there. All suggestions are welcome. You can catch Matt on the Turf mostly covering NFL, NBA, MLB, College Football and Basketball, and Horse Racing (that is not a typo, he practically grew up on a racetrack). It's nothing's strictly sports.

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