NFL Week 10 is here, and the Philadelphia Eagles are well-rested from their bye week.
This brings up an interesting question: Will the New York Giants become the Eagles’ best ally in the NFC East (or Least) race?
Or will the Giants become meaningful?
This sets the stage for Sunday’s matchup between Big Blue and the Birds at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. on Fox).
Before they battle, the Eagles are happy the Giants defeated the Washington Football Team 23-20 on Sunday. It gave Philly a game-and-a-half division lead over 2-6 Washington. The 2-7 Giants and Dallas Cowboys, who got their first cover of the season in Sunday’s 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, are two games back, but three in the loss column.
Ah, that Eagles Week Three tie against the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s going to help.
Closer look at Eagles-Giants game
The Eagles come off a bye after gaining two critical home victories over the Giants, 22-21, and the Cowboys, 23-9. They have only been playing one good quarter a game, but fortunately for them lately, it’s been the fourth.
The Eagles are 3-5 against the line, 3-4-1 overall.
From a NJ sports betting perspective, the G-Men continue to play tough in every game and are 6-3 versus the spread, including five of the last six.
Here is a quick recap of New York’s recent performances:
- Picked up their first win of the season against Washington.
- Lost 22-21 to Philadelphia after blowing a 21-10 second-half lead.
- Failed to convert a 14-3 lead against Tampa Bay into a victory. The Giants lost by just two points but covered the spread.
- Turned two Washington mistakes into scores and managed to pick up victory number two.
The G-Men are playing for their season. Will the urgency carry onto the field?
Titans-Colts line on the move
Well, that didn’t take long.
The Tennessee Titans, who vaulted to 6-2 with Sunday’s 24-17 triumph over the Chicago Bears, opened as 2.5-point favorites against the Indianapolis Colts. This one takes place Thursday night.
Overnight, that vanished to Tennessee +1. Titans bettors will consider this a line on sale.
Colts bettors, conversely, expect an offensive turnaround from Sunday’s second half, in which they did not score against the Baltimore Ravens in a 24-10 loss.
The Titans, with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, receiver A.J. Brown and the beast, running back Derrick Henry, have more weapons than the Colts.
Indy has shown a strong defense this year, but in order to win, the team must avoid a weekly mistake by either quarterback Phillip Rivers or the offense. Sunday, it was a fumble that produced the first Baltimore touchdown when the Colts were already up, 7-0.
This game is for the AFC South lead.
Tennessee is 3-5 versus the spread, while Indianapolis is 4-4.
NFL Week 10 must-sees: Tua vs. Herbert
This is what bettors foresaw at the NFL Draft in April, when the Miami Dolphins took Tua Tagovailoa as the fifth overall pick. The Los Angeles Chargers selected Justin Herbert as the sixth overall selection.
Neither opened the season as the starting quarterback, but it was only a matter of time until they were promoted. It happened in time for bettors to watch this rivalry play out, mano a mano.
Two first rounders. Two touted rookies, reminding bettors that 2020 has a stellar quarterback class. The group includes Heisman winner and No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, who went to the Cincinnati Bengals. Three of the first six selections have made an immediate impact on their teams.
Tua, in his second game, looked strong in leading the Dolphins to a 34-31 triumph over the Arizona Cardinals at +6 via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Herbert’s Chargers are the snakebit team of the year.
They have lost five games well within their grasp in the fourth quarter and suffered two consecutive heartbreaks. They lost on the final play to the Denver Broncos a couple of weeks back. On Sunday, they had the ultimate tease. A game-winning touchdown on the final play against the Las Vegas Raiders was overturned on replay.
Can any team be this unlucky?
Miami is 6-2 against the spread, while the Chargers are 3-3-2.
Buffalo shuffles off to the desert
That was quite an effort by the Buffalo Bills to dump a 44-34 hurting on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Buffalo is 7-2, ready to reward over bettors who took their preseason win number at above 8.5 before the year started at DraftKings. With the departure of Tom Brady, the division was considered so competitive that no team was projected to achieve nine wins.
Buffalo is poised to win its first AFC East title since 1989. Its main competition figures to be red-hot Miami, but they already hold a victory over the Dolphins. These two teams will meet again Jan. 3 in Buffalo.
The Cardinals shot themselves in the foot with a 34-31 setback to the Dolphins on Sunday. A fumble returned for a score and a missed 49-yard field goal in the final minute cost the Cardinals victory. One week after defeating Seattle, this was a disappointing result for Arizona.
The Cardinals are 5-3 versus the spread, while the Bills are 4-4-1.
NFL Week 10 offensive showcase
The Seattle Seahawks against the Los Angeles Rams is another candidate for game of the week. Seattle is one of the league’s most entertaining teams and fought back from a big deficit to make the loss against Buffalo interesting. Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Jared Goff could make this a shootout, with the original over-under of 55.5 predicting an offensive showcase.
The Rams come off a bye and have been a puzzling team, with some sizzling efforts and some duds.
Seattle started 4-0 against the spread and is now 5-3.
The Rams are 4-3-1 versus the number.
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