NFL Picks: Giants vs Eagles

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:06 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 3:06 PM UTC

We'll soon find out if this is the start of some kind of resurgence for the Giants as they take on the Eagles in Week 8. Find out where our NFL picks for this Sunday's game lies.

Odds Overview

The NFL odds favor Philadelphia, with oddsmakers listing them as six-point favorites at home. Both teams have minus ATS records, with the Eagles at 3-4 ATS and the Giants at 2-5 ATS.

A play on the total may be in your best interest with these two unreliable teams meeting up. The O/U is at anywhere from 51.5 to 53 points and the OVER is 5-2 in Philadelphia's seven games and 4-3 in New York's matchups.

New York Giants

Well, it took long enough, but the Giants are finally on board with a win. They took care of the hapless Vikings in a drab 23-7 Monday Night Football win this past week and were able to cash ATS for the second straight week.

It was far from pretty. Eli Manning finished 23-of-39 for 200 yards and a TD, with no Giants receiver logging more than 50 yards receiving in the win. Rueben Randle caught the score and ended up with 40 yards on three catches.

The running game was unspectacular as well, with Peyton Hillis getting most of the carries and finishing with 36 yards and a short touchdown run. Michael Cox added 11 carries for 23 yards.

Thankfully for New York, Minnesota was even worse across the board. Josh Freeman was clearly not ready to run the offense and completed only 38 percent (20-of-53) of his passes in the loss. He couldn't lead a touchdown drive and was picked off once as well.

Some credit has to go to the Giants defense though, as they put in their best shift of the season by far. It's going to be tougher in the City of Brotherly Love against Vick and the Eagles though.

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Philadelphia Eagles

A forgettable Week 7 for the Eagles, who fell 17-3 at home to the Cowboys. Coming in, Chip Kelly's team was favored by a field goal.

It was nightmarish from the start for Philadelphia. Nick Foles couldn't get anything going and ended up 11-of-29 for only 80 yards before leaving with an injury. In stepped none other than Matt Barkley, who promptly threw three interceptions to compound the home team's problems.

It was a frustrating day for everyone involved. LeSean McCoy was held to 55 yards on 18 carries, while leading receiver DeSean Jackson caught only three of his eight targets for 21 yards, his lowest output of the season.

Michael Vick is set to return to the starting role in Week 8, but questions remain as to how healthy he really is. He's been struggling to recover and could have trouble moving around like normal this weekend.

On the surface, the Giants are catching the Eagles at the right time. Only time will tell if they can take advantage.


Week 8 Pick

Vick returns for the Eagles, but he's nowhere near 100 percent, and a lot of his success rides on being able to extend plays with his legs. That's an issue.

The Giants were generating good pressure against Minnesota and if they can force the issue with Vick, they can capitalize on his sometimes shaky decision-making. Offensively, it's been a struggle, but New York still has plenty of guys who can make plays in the passing game.

The Eagles have yet to win a game at home, losing to Dallas, Kansas City, and San Diego, and we just don't think they deserve to be favored at this kind of number. We're looking for a New York cover this Sunday for our NFL pick.

Pick: Giants +6

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