Eagles vs. Giants: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30:   Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants in action against the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants will look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive on Sunday when they host the hapless Philadelphia Eagles.

The Giants (8-7) can no longer win the NFC East, but they can still make the postseason with some help from other teams. If the Giants beat the Eagles (4-7), and the Cowboys, Bears and Vikings all lose, New York will sneak into the final NFC wild-card spot.

While it's not an ideal position to be in, you can never count out the defending champs.

The Coughlin-Eli Giants always seem to get a little extra love from the football gods, and with the Cowboys (Redskins), Bears (Lions) and Vikings (Packers) all facing division rivals, it's certainly possible for New York to emerge from the wreckage.

Of course, they have to take care of business at home to have a chance. That will likely be difficult, as the Eagles have dominated New York at MetLife Stadium recently. Philly has won each of its last five road games against the Giants.

Although this Eagles team isn't as strong as past editions, they will still present some problems for the Giants. LeSean McCoy has always had success against New York, and Michael Vick should be hungry after not playing since Nov. 11.

The Giants have also been sputtering lately, losing their last two games by a combined 53 points. They've dropped five of their last seven, and have been held to 16 points or less four times during that stretch.

The supposedly fearsome Giants pass rush has also been nonexistent lately. They have recorded just one sack in the last two weeks.

Despite both teams' disappointing seasons, matchups between these two are always exciting. Here is everything you need to know for the Week 17 showdown.



When: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ

TV Coverage: FOX

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket



Spread: Giants -7 (via Bovada.lv)

Over/Under: 46 (via Bovada.lv)



Injury Report - as of 12/27 (via ESPN)

New York Giants

Ahmad Bradshaw - RB, probable

Hakeem Nicks - WR, questionable



Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Maclin - WR, questionable



Fantasy Big Plays

New York Giants: Victor Cruz - WR

Like the rest of the Giants' offense, Cruz has been dreadful the last two weeks. Against the Falcons and Ravens, he combined to catch just six passes for 36 yards and no touchdowns.

As bad as he's been, look for Cruz to bounce back in a big way this Sunday. He's shown the ability to explode after poor performances before, and against an Eagles D that has given up the fifth-most passing touchdowns in the NFL (28), this is Cruz's perfect opportunity.

Add in the fact that he should be getting more targets with Hakeem Nicks' knee injury, and Cruz is a must-start this week (if you're crazy enough to play in a fantasy league that doesn't end after Week 16).

Projected stats: 7 catches for 105 yards and 1 touchdown


Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy - RB

McCoy missed four games with a concussion, but he returned strong in Week 16. He carried the ball 13 times for 45 yards and added nine catches for 77 yards. He failed to reach the end zone, but that's some solid production from a man returning from injury.

Look for him to be even better this Sunday, as he's shredded the Giants historically. McCoy has rushed for over 100 yards four times against New York, including his last three outings against the G-Men.

Projected stats: 17 carries for 84 yards and 1 touchdown; 6 catches for 38 yards



Key to Victory: Michael Vick

While McCoy is likely to put up some big fantasy numbers, the most important player on the field will be Michael Vick.

Vick has dominated New York in the past, going 3-1 against the Giants since joining Philadelphia. He performed well in their first meeting this season, completing 19-of-30 passes for 241 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed for 49 yards on six carries.

Vick should also be very fresh, as he hasn't played since Nov. 11, despite being cleared by doctors several weeks ago. Add in the extra motivation that comes from a) being benched and b) knowing this is essentially an audition for other teams, and you can expect Vick to bring his all on Sunday. 

If he performs like the four-time Pro Bowler that he is, the Eagles will have a great chance. If he comes up short, he will likely leave Philly on a sour note and the Giants' playoff hopes will stay intact.




While I think Vick is ready to have a huge game, I just can't bet against the Giants here. They've won two Super Bowls in the last five years by being both good and lucky. They haven't been either the past two weeks, but I think they'll flip the switch when it matters most.

Unfortunately, it still may not be enough for them to make the postseason.

Final score: Giants 27 - Eagles 24 


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