Philadelphia’s Eagles take on the New York Giants in this week’s Thursday Night Football matchup. Both teams come off difficult losses and desperately need a win.
But in the NFC East, this game could actually have playoff implications. A Giants victory means the entire division has two wins, with the Cowboys and Redskins betting underdogs over the weekend.
Philadelphia will try to bounce back from last week’s rematch of last season’s NFC Conference final that saw the Vikings right their ship. For the Eagles, it served to accentuate their problems protecting Carson Wentz and extend what appears to be more than a Super Bowl hangover.
New York followed a contentious week with a game full of mental errors. But they pulled it together on time to take a late lead when Saquon Barkley long-jumped into the end zone with 1:15 to play.
Unfortunately, a 63-yard Graham Gano field goal as time expired leaves the Giants as dazed as the Eagles.
Injuries and roster moves:
Tight end Evan Engram will miss one more game. With Rhett Ellison questionable after hurting his foot, the Giants could be in trouble at the position. With wide receivers Jawill Davis and Russell Shepard also questionable, the Giants might be forced to lean on their anemic running game.
Kicker Aldrick Rosas was a surprise addition to the injury list with a sore groin.
Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon will make his 2018 debut, which could boost the Giants’ pass rush.
Eagles Running back Corey Clement will play. His return is well-timed after Jay Ajayi was a surprise injured reserve addition with a torn ACL. Darren Sproles is not expected back yet, leaving Clement and Wendell Smallwood to handle the running game.
Left tackle Jason Peters had a full practice, but he hasn’t looked to be 100-percent since his Week 2 quadriceps injury.
Defensive end Derek Barnett is back, but four other defensive starters skipped practice Tuesday with various maladies.
Pat Shurmur is dealing with on-field and off-field distractions and an impatient local media. But Shurmur says his locker room is growing more galvanized with every problem that pops up.
Fans are waiting to see when the team galvanizes on the field. The Giants still have no recognizable identity on offense, unable to run and unwilling to pass aggressively.
Doug Pederson is finding his second season more difficult than his first. The Eagles are not radically different on paper, but the team looks less confident as defending champions than as contenders.
So far, the volatile Eagles fan base has been relatively gentle, but the Eagles need to start exerting some authority on the field soon in a division that will go to the first team to figure themselves out.
How to watch the Eagles play the Giants
Fox Sports and the NFL Network will broadcast this game on cable and satellite nationwide. But if you are one of the millions of Americans who canceled their expensive cable and satellite contracts, you can watch the livestream Eagles and Giants on Fubo TV.
Fubo offers live stream NFL action all season long. You can watch the livestream Eagles-Giants game for free with Fubo’s trial offer or take advantage of low monthly subscriptions with a contract to watch all the livestream NFL action on Fubo, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, or any internet television service all season.
Who will win the Giants-Eagles matchup?
Philadelphia is a 3-point betting favorite this week, but anything can happen in a Thursday Night Football game, especially between these bitter rivals.
Eli Manning has three 400-yard passing games with at least 3 touchdowns since 2016. All three came against the Eagles, but the Giants didn’t win any of them.
Carson Wentz is playing well but can’t keep taking the pounding he’s absorbed so far. The Giants are not getting after the passer much in 2018, but they have been very effective against the pass overall.
That will make the difference. The Giants will send their fans home happy.
Final score: Giants 34, Eagles 31