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The Giants opened as 10.5-point underdogs at DraftKings Sportsbook, with +455 moneyline odds. The over/under is just 43.5 points; only one of the Eagles’ last seven games has stayed under that point total.
Even though the spread is large, it arguably represents a decrease in bettors’ faith in the Eagles. The Giants were 16.5-point underdogs against the Eagles at the end of the 2022 regular season, even as New York was headed towards a playoff berth. New York covered the spread in that game but later lost to the Eagles in the postseason.
Philadelphia is 7-4-2 against the spread, and 6-2-2 as favorites. This is the first time this year they’ve been favored by 10 points or more. The Giants are no stranger to huge spreads, but those low expectations usually turn out to be accurate. The Giants are 0-3 against the spread this year as double-digit underdogs.
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Make no mistake: The Giants (5-9) understood the stakes when they stepped inside the Superdome on Sunday afternoon. They were still in striking distance, if they kept on winning, of completing what would have been a remarkable turnaround as playoff contenders. Only one game out entering play Sunday, but no margin for error, no matter what the math may say.
And this result is resounding validation to that less than 1 percent probability the numbers' game predicts.
McFadden trusts the process
Micah Mcfadden talks on how the team will continue to have motivation while on the verge of being eliminated from making the playoffs:— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 18, 2023
"I don't think anybody in this building thought we'd be where we are at this point. As far as motivation, we're process-driven here." pic.twitter.com/6kxqiS2QgH
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TE Darren Waller was on a pitch count in his return from a five-game absence due to a hamstring injury. Waller made four catches for 40 yards, highlighted by an impressive 29-yard catch-and-run on a third-and-12 pass thrown behind him in the second quarter. Waller said his hamstring felt good after the game, but he expressed frustration about missing so much time with the injury.
The Giants can’t finish better than 8-9.
Ben Bredeson: Looking to win this week
"We have a great culture here, it's a very process-oriented mindset. That's something that Dabs preaches all the time. We're looking to improve from the last week, correct the mistakes, and move forward to the next week"— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 18, 2023
- Ben Bredeson on how the team stays motivated pic.twitter.com/oxy0dstEgw
Their problems start where they have for the last decade — up front with a terrible offensive line. And right now, that line is remarkably a bigger problem than it’s ever been. The Giants have surrendered an astonishing 76 sacks in 14 games this season. That’s already tied for the third-most in NFL history. The only solace for them is that the NFL record — 104 by the 1986 Philadelphia Eagles — is probably out of reach.
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It all depends what the Giants’ end goal is for these final three games.
For the fifth time this season, the Giants did not score a touchdown on offense. This was the fourth game in which they were held scoreless in the second half. And with 193 total yards, this was the fifth game this season in which the Giants had less than 200 total yards.
NFL Network’s spotlight on Giants Man of the Year candidate Saquon Barkley
When Barkley was young, he and his family experienced homelessness. Now, @saquon uses his platform to give back to individuals experiencing homelessness. The @Giants nominee for the #WPMOY is Saquon Barkley and he couldn’t be more honored for this opportunity. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xR3HGJ39ek— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 18, 2023
7. New York Giants: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
The New York Giants have been in on quarterbacks in recent mock drafts, but with three going ahead of their pick, reaching for QB4 with much better players on the board is a bad idea for a Giants team with so many holes. Brock Bowers is one of the best offensive players in this class, and his play-making ability as a receiver and blocker could go a long way toward getting New York's offense back on track.
8) New York Giants: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
With the Giants now out of the top-two quarterbacks, this spot is wide open for what they could do. They are faced with a significant talent exodus this offseason at their skill positions on offense and could use a wide receiver with his contested ability and athleticism. Pairing Keon Coleman with Slayton, Robinson, and Hyatt gives whoever the Giants’ 2024 quarterback a diverse wideout room to target.
This week’s opponent
The Eagles announced that Matt Patricia took over the defensive playcalling for Monday Night Football. Sean Desai retains the title of defensive coordinator but will move to the coaches’ booth. Patricia will call plays from the sideline.
Patricia joined the Eagles as a senior defensive assistant this offseason when the team also hired Desai as defensive coordinator after Jonathan Gannon left to become the Cardinals’ head coach.
To put all of this on Desai, who will probably be officially stripped of his DC title before the season ends, is unfair. He’s not the one who assembled a linebacking core so weak that they brought in a guy who retired two weeks after joining the team. He’s not the one who paired outside corners in their 30s and a slot corner who can’t stay healthy with a depth chart of UDFAs. He’s not the one who has a turnstyle of a depth chart at safety. He’s not the one who has spent just two top 100 draft picks on a linebacker or defensive back since 2017.
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