Gear up for a tight one, as the Philadelphia Eagles opened as slight 3.0-point favorites over the New York Giants in their Week 6 TNF matchup at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:20pm EST on October 11th.
The Eagles are scoring just 20.6 points per game (25th). But they could easily fix this if they’d just cut the turnovers. Philadelphia has committed nine turnovers this season (27th), which includes two last week against the Vikings.
Though Carson Wentz has only thrown one interception this season, he has also lost three fumbles in as many games. Ball security will be vital for Wentz and the Eagles over the remainder of the year.
Carson Wentz has played 32 games, or the equivalent of two full seasons. Here’s where he ranks in NFL history among QBs after 32 games:
7,992 Yards [7th]
54 TDs [6th]
1 INT every 53 att. [3rd]
726 Completions [2nd]
— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) October 10, 2018
But his offensive line could give him some more help. Wentz has been under pressure on 36.6% of his dropbacks, tied for eighth-highest among QBs with at least 100 dropbacks, per PFF.
It’s not going to get any easier for Wentz and company this week, either, as their leading rusher, Jay Ajayi, suffered a torn ACL last week, and will miss the remainder of the season.
Help may be on the way, though …
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) October 10, 2018
Philadelphia’s defense is built to stop the run. They only cede 66.4 yards per game on the ground (2nd), compared to 276.8 through the air (22nd). The Eagles’ stinginess against the run has resulted in them allowing a respectable 20.8 PPG (7th).
Eagles vs Giants Statistical Comparison
|20.6 (25th)||PPG||20.8 (23rd)|
|363.8 (20th)||YPG||337.8 (25th)|
|110.8 (16th)||Rushing YPG||75.6 (28th)|
|253 (19th)||Passing YPG||262.2 (17th)|
|20.8 (7th)||PPG Allowed||25.6 (19th)|
|343.2 (10th)||YPG Allowed||353.8 (12th)|
|66.4 (2nd)||Rushing YPG Allowed||124.4 (27th)|
|276.8 (22nd)||Passing YPG Allowed||229.4 (8th)|
|-4 (T28th)||Turnover Differential||-3 (27th)|
New York Giants
Fortunately, Philadelphia’s defense avoids any sort of offensive powerhouse this week, when they line up across from the Giants. New York is scoring just 20.8 PPG (23rd).
Odell Beckham Jr’s TD pass to Saquon Barkley traveled 24 yards in the air.
Eli Manning hasn’t had a TD pass travel that far since Week 5 last season, a TD pass to Odell Beckham Jr. pic.twitter.com/xUZefP2w0m
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 7, 2018
When you have as much difficulty running the football as the Giants have this season, you make the defense’s job a lot easier. The opposition has been able to focus on Eli Manning and the aerial attack because there’s no threat of a ground game.
Unfortunately for the G-Men, Manning and the passing game aren’t great, either. The way Eli looks this season makes you wonder why New York didn’t target a QB in the 2018 NFL Draft.
New York ranks 28th in rushing, averaging a measly 75.6 rushing yards per game. Saquon Barkley has at least provided a bit of hope for the unproductive backfield, churning out 308 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 71 carries, good for a very respectable 4.3 yards per carry.
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 7, 2018
Getting Barkley more carries has to be atop the Giants’ list of to-dos this week, as trying to have Manning shoulder the entire offensive load has not resulted in much success.
Defensively, the Giants are a pretty average group. They allow 25.6 points per game, ranking 19th in the NFL.
They’ve been poor against the run, surrendering 124.4 yards per game on the ground (27th). They haven’t had nearly as many issues defending the pass, though. New York is allowing just 229.4 yards per game through the air (8th).
The last time these two teams played was December 17th, 2017, when Philadelphia defeated the Giants 34-29. The Eagles were also 7.5-point favorites in that game.