The New York Giants have won three straight games and lead the NFC East, but in the murky world of Las Vegas oddsmaking that doesn't mean much. The 3-2 Giants opened the week as 3.5-point underdogs to the 2-3 Philadelphia Eagles in next Monday's game at Lincoln Financial Field. In some places, that line has already moved to 4 points.
There is, of course, eerie symmetry in this Week 6 matchup. The Giants were also 3-2 and riding a three-game winning streak last season, and went to the Linc to face the black-jerseyed Eagles. They were humiliated, 27-0, lost Victor Cruz, then lost six more games in a row to tumble to 3-9.
It seems likely they won't have Cruz again on Monday, although nothing is definite in terms of his return. The Giants, of course, hope this season will turn out differently than last season, when they ended up 6-10.
"It wasn't a good feeling, we lost that game, and we went up there and laid an egg. Hopefully it'll be different this year," said defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. "This year we just have a different mentality. Guys are coming in ... I feel like we're all playing as one and working off each other."
The Eagles, incidentally, will once again don their alternate black jerseys.