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Giants-Eagles Week 18 odds: Better odds for the rematch
The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants by eight points on Christmas Day, but their recent struggles mean bettors are giving them slightly worse odds for the Week 18 rematch in East Rutherford. The Eagles opened as 6.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, with -270 moneyline odds. The over/under is set at 46.5 points.
Because the Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions this week, Dallas can now clinch the NFC East title with a win over the Washington Commanders on Sunday. The Eagles would need to beat the Giants and have Dallas lose in order to win the division and host a first-round playoff game.
The Giants are 3-3 against the spread this year when their opponent is favored by 6.5 points or more. They’ve only won one such game outright, against the Commanders in November.
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The completion gained 80 yards and the Rams scored a touchdown on the next play, but that didn't diminish Belton's extraordinary effort, which coach Brian Daboll lauded on a Zoom call with reporters this morning.
"I know he had the turnovers, but the one play that I was really impressed with is the play that they broke out for the long gain on the hitch route," Daboll said. "His chase, to run down there and to finish, he showed some good long speed. Running to the ball when you think a guy might score, I just thought the effort he had on that play was indicative of what the young man is about."
Giants fans no doubt would like to have plenty of things back, too. Like, for example, their season-ticket deposit. Or, better yet, the thousands they flushed down the toilet for their PSLs. Or, short of that, maybe just a few of the many Sunday afternoons they’ve wasted watching this team find new ways to lose games this season.
The Giants went 9-7-1, then beat the Vikings in the first round, because they found a way to make up for their talent disadvantages. They out-grinded, out-coached and out-uglied their opponents. They dragged each of their opponents into the deep end to see if they could swim. Those who could beat New York — exposed them for their lack-of game-changers. The Giants beat those who couldn’t.
It hasn’t mattered because the traits that made them who they were a year ago are gone.
“It’s not all bad,” Taylor said, “just not good enough.”
That’s the story of the 2023 New York Giants, especially with Taylor at quarterback.
The change from Tommy DeVito to Tyrod Taylor has been good for Darius Slayton.
In Sunday’s 26-25 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Robinson and Hyatt took positive steps in their progression as NFL wide receiver.
Their progress starts simply with the fact they were on the field. A lot. Robinson played 83.6 percent of Sunday’s offensive snaps, and Hyatt played 76.1 percent of them, a season high for him. Robinson finished just shy of his season-high 85.5 percent, which he reached against the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago.
Six days until the reckoning begins — until the consequences of the Giants’ 2023 dysfunction start coming to light.
Here are things the Giants must take care of this off-season to turn their season around.
The every game brilliance of Dexter Lawrence
5) New York Giants: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington. This one is simple. The Giants need a WR1, and Rome Odunze is built to be that guy. Odunze has the size-adjusted flexibility and route-running ability of a young Keenan Allen at 6’3″, 215 pounds, but he’s visibly faster and more explosive on the vertical plane.
This week’s opponent
“Stick together. Stick together. Everyone’s got to stick together,” Sirianni said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of people trying to point the finger at different things and everybody’s got to stick together, right. We win as a team. We lose as a team. And together is the most important thing that we can be right now."
Things are bad in Philly, but hopefully aren’t that bad for DeVonta Smith, with new reports indicating the WR is dealing with a mild ankle sprain. He’ll undergo additional tests on Monday, but it isn’t expected to be a major injury.
Loser: Nick Sirianni and the Eagles’ staff. If ever there were a time for the slumping Birds to get right ahead of the playoffs, it should’ve been at home against Jonathan Gannon’s Cardinals, who took Lincoln Financial Field with a half-sick Kyler Murray and a lineup full of spare parts. Instead, Sirianni and Brian Johnson got too cute down the stretch, and Matt Patricia’s defense looked helpless besides a first-half pick-six. There’s really no world where the 2023 Eagles should be surrendering 35 points to the 2023 Cardinals. Philly needs to wake up fast.
Spadaro: What happened against the Cardinals? Here are 10 takeaways from the loss | PhiladelphiaEagles.com
Arizona had possession of the football eight times and scored four touchdowns – all in the second half – and a field goal, rolled up 449 total net yards, including 221 rushing yards (5.5 yards per carry), converted 5 of 10 third downs and both fourth downs, and had the football for 39 minutes, 39 seconds. Nothing fancy – running back James Conner ran north/south and gashed the Eagles for 128 yards on 28 carries. When the game was on the line, with the Eagles ahead 31-28 and 2 minutes, 28 seconds remaining in the game, the Cardinals drove 70 yards in 7 plays and took the lead for the first time since an opening-drive field goal pushed the Cardinals ahead, 3-0. The Cardinals didn't punt the entire afternoon.
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