Maybe it's jealousy that gets the Eagles up for the Giants and why they are 7-1 ATS against them, perhaps a small token to fans—we can't win a Super Bowl, but we can cover the spread against the Giants.
Whatever the case, the Giants are seeing lots of betting action as small road underdogs on the Week 4 NFL betting odds menus at most sportsbooks around the world.
"We are seeing nearly two thirds of the action on our consensus betting data backing the Giants," said Jack Randall, a football analyst at OddsShark.com. "We are not surprised, as the Eagles are lucky to not be 0-3 and they rank dead last in the NFL in turnovers."
Entering Sunday in a three-way tie with Dallas for the NFC East lead, New York and Philadelphia will try to stay on top with a win this Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
And Week 4 betting trends point to each team. The Eagles are 9-2 ATS in 11 recent games within the division, while the Giants are 9-2 ATS in 11 recent road games. New York is also 7-0 ATS as an underdog dating back to 2011.
After starting the season off with an ugly 24-17 loss to Dallas and then a bizarre 41-34 shootout win over Tampa Bay, New York finally looked like the defending Super Bowl Champion again with a dominant 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Eli Manning and the offense look strong through the first three games of the season, but the defense had been suspect leading up to the Carolina win. The Giants are 1-2 ATS so far this season.
Against all conventional football wisdom, the Philadelphia Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 SU start despite turning the ball over nine times through those two games. Michael Vick’s sporadic play finally caught up to the Eagles in an ugly 26-7 loss last Sunday at Arizona.
After finishing 2011 with a 4-0 SU and ATS record, Philadelphia has not looked sharp offensively in the early stages of this season at all.
Sunday’s game may be a defensive struggle if recent history is any indication. Both teams have had the total go UNDER in four of their last five games, and eight of the last 12 games between these two teams have gone UNDER the total.
Philadelphia has dominated this series over the last four years with a 7-1 SU and ATS record over the defending champions. The Eagles have played well defensively this season, and Andy Reid has shown in the past the ability to come up with a good scheme to defend against Eli Manning.
With Philadelphia coming in off of a blowout loss and New York coming in off of a blowout win, this spread may be a discount compared to what it might have been otherwise.
Philadelphia will need its best effort of the season to win to cover the spread, and New York always seems to draw it out of them.
PICK: Philadelphia -1.0 (courtesy of PickShark.com)