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Giants news, 12/19: Double-digit underdogs, Tommy DeVito, Micah McFadden, more headlines

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Giants-Eagles Week 16 odds: Back to double-digit spreads

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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Other Giant observations

How Tommy DeVito, NY Giants dealt with reality of playoff dream dashed | The Record

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

Giants’ focus shifts to future as playoff dream dies with ‘disappointing’ loss to Saints | The Athletic

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.

How slim are Giants’ playoff chances after butt kicking at Saints clinches losing season? | nj.com

The Giants can’t finish better than 8-9.

Ben Bredeson: Looking to win this week

10 things we learned in NFL Week 15 | FOX Sports

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.

Why did Brian Daboll name Tommy DeVito the Giants’ Christmas starter immediately after Saints blowout? | New York Daily News

It all depends what the Giants’ end goal is for these final three games.

Giants’ rotten offensive reality derailed Tommy DeVito fairy tale | New York Post

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

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Latest First-Round Predictions After Week 15 | The 33rd Team

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.

7-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Drake Maye Heads to New England | ProFootballNetwork.com

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.

In the second round, the Giants select Cooper Beebe, G, Kansas State, at 39 and, with the pick from Seattle, Caelen Carson, CB, Wake Forest at 44.

This week’s opponent

Road to Victory: Eagles clinch berth in 2023 NFL Playoffs | PhiladelphiaEagles.com

By virtue of Sunday's results around the league (losses by both the Falcons and the Packers and a win by the 49ers), the Eagles have clinched a spot in the postseason for a third consecutive year.

Eagles announce Matt Patricia will take over defensive playcalling | Pro Football Talk

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.

Sean Desai’s demotion is a total team failure | Bleeding Green Nation

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.

Around the league

Micah Parsons on Cowboys’ ‘mind-boggling’ road struggles: ‘Honestly, it’s unacceptable at this point’ | NFL.com

Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills: 5 plays that doomed the Cowboys | Blogging The Boys

Ron Rivera Presser: Sam Howell is still the starting QB, he was pulled to protect him | Hogs Haven

Commanders waive LS Camaron Cheeseman | Pro Football Talk

Former Giants BJ Hill is having fun proving the Bengals’ doubters wrong | Cincy Jungle

Andy Reid ‘not down on’ Kadarius Toney despite WR’s repeated struggles in big moments | CBSSports.com

Isiah Pacheco “good to go” this week | Pro Football Talk

Jets officials reportedly don’t want Aaron Rodgers to play even if he’s activated from IR | CBSSports.com

Steelers’ Damontae Kazee suspended rest of season for hit | ESPN.com

Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence to enter concussion protocol after loss to Ravens | The Athletic

C.J. Stroud remains in concussion protocol Monday | Pro Football Talk

Sean Payton downplays interaction with Russell Wilson during Lions game | NFL.com

Bears’ top WRs say Justin Fields should be team’s QB in 2024 | ESPN.com

Buccaneers' Baker Mayfield becomes first opposing QB to post perfect passer rating at Lambeau Field | NFL.com

Stefanski: Myles Garrett deserves NFL Defensive Player of Year | ESPN.com

Derrick Henry ponders Titans future after loss to Texans | CBSSports.com

Bill Belichick sidesteps more questions about future with Patriots: ‘You should ask Mr. Kraft’ | CBSSports.com

2024 NFL Draft consensus Big Board: Is Marvin Harrison Jr. this year’s top prospect? | The Athletic

NFL Week 15 Highlights: Notable grades from the weekend's games | PFF

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