The New York Giants opened the week as 6-point road underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles, and that has remained relatively steady, opening Saturday at +5.5 at most sportsbooks.
Although most expert picked the Eagles, there were a few who went against them and picked the Giants.
How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 12 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:
Dan Benton: Giants 27, Eagles 25
The Giants have beaten the Eagles just four times since the start of 2010 and are 1-8 in their last nine meetings. Their last victory at Lincoln Financial Field came in 2013 and they’ve had only two road wins in this rivalry since November of 2008. If recent history is any indication, the Giants have a lot going against them. However, the law of odds suggests the Giants come up with a win sooner or later, and why not now? This entire comeback would be a remarkable miracle, so why not continue the ball rolling with a road victory against the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles? After all — and remarkably — the Giants appear to be trending up with the Eagles trending down.
John Fennelly: Giants 27, Eagles 23
With the Giants’ offensive line stabilizing, their offense has balanced out. They appear to be back in business. That puts the onus on the defense to win this game. Big Blue needs to shore up their run defense and with the Eagles’ rushing attack sagging with the injuries to Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles (87.3 YPG over their last three), the Giants will have to deal with a passing attack spearheaded by quarterback Carson Wentz. That will be the challenge of the afternoon. As long as the Giants can get close to 30 points in this game, they can win it. If not, it will be another loss in a long line of losses in Philadelphia.
Doug Rush: Giants 24, Eagles 23
The Giants ride their momentum of the last few weeks into Philly and are able to end a four-year losing skid — one they almost ended last season on the arm of an Eli Manning 4th quarter comeback.
Manning has been playing extremely well behind a revamped offensive line; the additions of Spencer Pulley and Jamon Brown have seemed to give him time to make throws down the field.
The Eagles have lost three of their last four and are coming into the game with an extremely banged up secondary. Trying to stop Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard might be a tough one for them to do, but it might not be as difficult as stopping Saquon Barkley, who absolutely torched the Eagles defense over a month ago.
Tyler Henry: Eagles 27, Giants 19
It’d be nice to buy into the run the table talk after back-to-back wins off the bye week. I do think the Giants are playing substantially better than they were in the first half of the season. Unfortunately, it’s going to take a lot more than wins against the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get me thinking they can get back in the NFC East race.
The Eagles owned the Giants in their first matchup earlier this year, but this is a much different team as the offensive line is playing better. Saquon Barkley had a legendary performance against Philadelphia in the first matchup, but at the end of the day the Giants weren’t able to keep up. I expect a lot of the same in this game.
The offensive line will need to play stellar if Big Blue is going to have a chance in this one. The Giants don’t play well against the Eagles and regardless of their record, Philly is still the reigning Super Bowl Champions for a reason. It’s hard enough to believe the Giants can rattle off three wins in a row after starting 1-7 on the season. It’s even harder to believe they can do that against the defending champs who are in danger of dropping to 4-7.
Kevin Hickey: Eagles 28, Giants 24
Despite being six-point underdogs, I think this game will be closer in the end. The Eagles secondary is absolutely decimated while the Giants have been playing better of late. They should be able to move the ball through the air, but stopping the Eagles’ offense could be a tough task on the road. It will be close, but Big Blue rarely wins at Lincoln Financial.
Mike Moraitis: Giants 31, Eagles 27
Thanksgiving may have already passed, but the Giants’ passing attack is set to feast in Week 12 against the Eagles. Philly’s secondary is so banged up that head coach Doug Pederson had to deploy receivers at cornerback during practice this week.
With the Giants’ offensive line playing much better in recent weeks, Eli Manning will have more than enough time to make plays and take advantage of his receivers running wild against this no name Eagles secondary. Even if Carson Wentz has a repeat performance similar to that of his Week 6 showing, the Giants will be able to do enough offensively to stay ahead in this one.