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Monday Night Football: Week 14 Preview, NYG at PHI

Monday Night Football on ESPN has a potential HOF QB back under center! He’ll be facing an Eagles squad still hopeful to make the playoffs via winning the NFC East.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Lincoln Financial Field

Philadelphia, PA

Betting

I’m not interested in betting this game but I believe the Eagles (-440) will win. On paper, they should cover the spread of -9.0 (-110) but I’m too hesitant to actually pull the trigger. As for the total, both defenses are so bad that they OVER for 45.5 (-110) is certainly a possibility but do take into consideration who’s starting at QB for the Giants. If I had to bet on a prop, I’d sprinkle some action on a D/ST TD +175. Both QB’s are susceptible to turnovers and the Eagles can easily break a punt return for a TD in a game like this.

Injuries

Rookie QB Daniel Jones is OUT for Monday Night Football which means Eli Manning is back as the starting QB.

Manning will look to break his 116-116 career record with a win tonight, per Field Yates. Not only that, but arguably the top pass catcher for the Giants, Evan Engram, will miss action alongside the rookie QB.

Just when the Giants appeared to be healthy, their starting QB and top receiver go down. We will have to wait at least 1 more week to see a fully healthy Giants offense led by Daniel Jones.

A big question mark for the Eagles is starting RB Jordan Howard. In his absence, rookie Miles Sanders has stepped up and answered the call quite well. However, we could be nearing a Howard return based on this tweet by Howard himself:

Other guys of note on the injury report include the questionable Nelson Agholor and Derek Barnett, and the already ruled OUT Kamu Grugier-Hill.

Eagles Offense vs. Giants Defense

The Eagles enter Monday Night Football on a losing streak that includes an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins last week. Despite their poor play, the Eagles still have a chance to win the NFC East thanks to some poor play by the Cowboys. Carson Wentz is such a hit or miss this season that some analysts are questioning whether or not he should be the Eagles franchise QB going forward. The bright side is that they face a horrendous Giants defense and will likely have all of their offensive weapons available. With Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffrey drawing teams best defenders and still being successful, this allows talented guys like Dallas Goedert to emerge in advantageous matchups. With Jordan Howard expected to return to the backfield, the Eagles can once again utilize Howard in short down and distance spots while Miles Sanders operates in the passing game. Howard hasn’t been the best runner this season and we’ve seen Sanders flash in the past couple of weeks. So, some may view the return of Howard to this offense as a disappointment but I believe Howard can be the shot in the arm that the Eagles need.

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Carson Wentz via Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

There are two guys that the Eagles will need to keep an eye on during this Monday Night Football game. Those guys are CB Janoris Jenkins and LB Markus Golden. The Eagles have allowed Wentz to be sacked 30 times this season and Golden has 7.5 sacks to his name this year. A prolific pass rusher, Golden should be causing problems once again tonight which will benefit Jenkins on the backend. Jenkins has 4 INTs this season and will most likely be tasked with covering Jeffrey. A notorious ball-hawking cornerback like Jenkins is a matchup disaster for an inaccurate QB like Wentz.

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Janoris Jenkins via Erik Drost [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Giants Offense vs. Eagles Defense

The 2-time Super Bowl-winning QB Eli Manning returns to the starting lineup tonight for the first time since Week 2. Manning will be joined by Saquon Barkley, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Sterling Shepard as the top offensive performers for the Giants tonight. Barkley, one of the most explosive players in all of football, has not been the same since returning from injury in remarkably quick fashion. Teams usually key on Barkley and force Daniel Jones, now Eli Manning, to beat them through the air. The problem with trying to do that tonight if you’re the Eagles is that, well, the Eagles secondary is hot garbage. If Manning can play like himself circa 2015, the Giants have a chance to play spoilers on Monday Night Football. The Eagles season has been so crazy that they can beat teams like the Packers but lose to the Dolphins. Will they add the Giants to a list of disappointing losses?

Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] for Monday Night Football
Eli Manning via Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Predictions

Giants: 13

Eagles: 21

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Zach Ertz

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Darius Slayton

Best Fantasy QB: Carson Wentz, I don’t see Manning having a career resurrection tonight.

Better Fantasy RB: Saquon Barkley, he’s the most talented player on the field despite playing poorly recently.

Better Fantasy WR: Golden Tate, simply because he has the better matchup between him and Jeffrey.

Best Fantasy TE: Zach Ertz, unless Goedert starts scoring TD’s.

Better Fantasy D/ST: Eagles, Manning is going to throw at least 2 INT’s.

Conclusion

Who do you think wins tonight on Monday Night Football? Will the Eagles make a push for the NFC East lead? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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