Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said it’s “very likely” that Manning will start on Monday night.
#Giants coach Pat Shurmur tells reporters that QB Daniel Jones is in a walking boot with a mild high-ankle sprain… and Eli Manning will “very likely” start on Monday. So, Manning gets a potential farewell tour, after all.
This is his 16th season, the majority of which has been spent watching from the sidelines. The team decided to go in a new direction following 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2.
It was about seeing what Jones, their first-round pick, could do.
Manning has led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles (one of them spoiled the New England Patriots’ perfect season). His 116victories rank No. 1 all-time among franchise quarterbacks.
But if we are talking just passing yards, he averaged 268.7 per game last season.
He passed for more than 280 yards in both games against the Birds last season, but Philadelphia won both.
Eagles still have NFL playoff hopes
From a Philadelphia perspective, besides the NFC East rivalry factor, their playoff hopesare on the line.
At 5-7, winning their final four games is key. Losing 37-31 to the 3-9 Miami Dolphins on Sunday did not help their cause. But with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at 6-6, the division is still a two-team race.
The Eagles have been inconsistent all season, including on the defensive side of the ball. They took the field in Miami as a 10-point favorite. Then Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ended up throwing for 365 yards and three touchdowns.
So, the Birds will likely take the field with extra motivation to turn things around. They head into this matchup as losers of three-straight games.
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The Philadelphia Eagles suffered an embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. However, the 5-7 Eagles are still within a game for first place in the NFC East.
With four games to play, that means the playoffs are still a possibility and next week’s Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants has become a marquee matchup and a must-win for Philadelphia.
The 6-6 NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day loss to the Buffalo Bills meant the Eagles could tie things up at the top of the division with a win over the woeful Dolphins Sunday.
Instead, Philadelphia laid an egg at Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida. They blew a 10-0 and 28-14 lead en route to a 37-31 loss to a now 3-9 team most thought was tanking this season.
However, the Eagles division title hopes did not die with this week’s punt in Miami.
Facing the 2-10 Giants twice, the 3-9 Washington Redskins and the Cowboys in Philadelphia means the Eagles have the potentially easier schedule to close things out. The Cowboys also get Washington, but they must face the 6-6 Chicago Bears and 7-5 Los Angeles Rams before the season is said and done.
The Eagles have not yet been mathematically eliminated from one of the two NFC Wild Card Playoff spots up for grabs. But with the 9-2 Seattle Seahawks, 8-3 Minnesota Vikings, the Bears, Rams, and 5-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of Philadelphia in the Wild Card race, winning the NFC East title remains the team’s best possibility of getting in the postseason.
That makes beating the Giants next Monday night in Philadelphia is a must.
Eagles vs. Giants opening lines
Considering both team’s records, and the recent history of this bitter NFC East rivalry, most NJ sportsbooks have opened the Eagles versus Giants’ betting markets with Philadelphia as heavy favorites.
The Eagles versus Giants matchup is one of the most hotly contested in NFL history. There have been 174 games between these two NFC East rivals. The two teams stand knotted up at 86 wins, each with two ties.
However, the Eagles have dominated the matchup over the past five years. In fact, the Eagles have won five in a row and nine out of the past 10.
Last season, the Eagles pummeled the Giants 34-14 in New York in October. The convincing win came behind Eagles QB Carson Wentz‘s 278 passing yards and three TDs.
Then, Philadelphia won 25-22 on a Jake Elliott 43-yard, last-minute field goal in Philadelphia in late November.
Will these recent trends continue? Can the Eagles put the embarrassment in Miami behind them and stay in contention for the NFC East lead?
Bet on the game now at NJ sportsbooks and find out Monday, Dec. 9, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Kickoff is at 8:15 pm EST. ESPN will provide national television coverage.
While lopsided NFL games can be boring, sometimes it’s fun for fans to watch their favorite teams absolutely destroy an opponent.
That’s what happened in the biggest Eagles blowouts of all time.
Outstanding individual performances on the dates listed helped these regular-season games go down in Philadelphia Eagles’ lore. It took a whole team effort to produce such one-sided victories, however.
Top 5 biggest Eagles blowouts
In three regular-season games, the Eagles have won by a convincing 45-0 margin. Impressively, all three instances not only occurred in the same season but within mere weeks of each other.
Simply put, the 1948 Eagles were one of the greatest teams in the franchise’s history and, they put that on display on this date for the home crowd.
They dismantled the Giants 45-0 thanks to three touchdowns (one on the ground, two through the air) by quarterback Tommy Thompson.
The Eagles’ defense allowed a mere 125 yards of total offense and forced five turnovers as they cut the Giants down to size. Fans who thought this win was impressive needed to buckle in; however, the Eagles were just getting started. They would not only replicate this victory but in some ways, build on it the very next time out.
Oct. 17, 1948, at Washington
Eagles halfback Steve Van Buren would take his turn in the spotlight on this date.
Van Buren powered the Philly rushing attack to 218 yards and found the end zone himself three times in Philadelphia’s second consecutive 45-0 win.
The Eagles defense gave up a few more yards in this one, 213 to be exact. They did force five more turnovers, however.
After three more competitive games, the Eagles re-created this scenario once again. This time it came against a now-defunct NFL franchise.
Nov. 14, 1948, vs. the Boston Yanks
Thompson had arguably the best passing performance of the season in this 45-0 win, completing four touchdown passes to four different receivers. The Philly defense did its job again as well, allowing 169 yards and collecting three turnovers.
The 1948 Eagles went on to win the NFL championship (this was before the AFL-NFL merger, so there wasn’t a Super Bowl), compiling a 10-2-1 record.
It would be several decades before another Philadelphia team would come the closest to reaching a 45-point margin of victory.
Dec. 22, 2013, vs. the Chicago Bears
In Week 16 of the 2013 season, Eagles’ fans got to watch their team move to 9-6 with a 54-11 drubbing of Chicago in one of the biggest Eagles blowouts in recent memory.
Philadelphia ran for 289 yards and scored four touchdowns via its running game to dominate the Bears.
Defensive lineman Trent Cole recorded three tackles for a loss in the game, and Chicago managed just 61 yards on the ground. In two games, the Eagles came very close to winning by 43 points but fell just short of that.
Two 42-points wins in Eagles’ history
Philadelphia secured six-touchdown wins twice in its history. Those two instances are:
Nov. 4, 1945, at Pittsburgh, 45-3
Nov. 8, 1981, at the St. Louis Cardinals, 52-10
Not every game that was so lopsided involving the Eagles has been a victory, however. The biggest Eagles blowouts in the opposite direction were games that Philadelphia fans probably want to forget.
Five biggest Eagles blowout losses
Twice, the Eagles have been on the other side of a six-touchdown difference. On three more occasions, Philadelphia opponents’ margins of victory were even larger.
Nov. 26, 1972, at the New York Giants
This day was unquestionably the worst ever to be an Eagles’ fan. The Giants found the end zone so often that there may not have any grass left from their cleats tearing up the turf.
When the clock mercifully ran out, the Giants claimed a 62-10 win. Philadelphia turned the ball over five times and allowed 503 yards of total offense in the loss.
It gets better for Eagles’ fans from here, but not a whole lot. Six years earlier, the Eagles suffered another humiliation at the hands of a current NFC East foe.
Oct. 9, 1966, at the Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia allowed an astounding 652 yards of total offense to Dallas, and its only score came in garbage time. The Cowboys left their home field with a 56-7 win on this date.
The Eagles only allowed one sack and turned the ball over just once, but it was giving up 447 yards through the air that led to such a one-sided affair. This instance wasn’t the only time Philly lost by seven touchdowns, however.
Going back four more years, another Philadelphia team suffered a similar fate. Once again, it was a road game.
Nov. 11, 1962, at the Green Bay Packers
The defense was again an issue for the Eagles on this date. Green Bay racked up 628 yards of total offense and despite losing the turnover battle 2-1, won the game 49-0.
Bart Starr won this battle of legendary quarterbacks over Sonny Jurgensen, as Jurgensen could only muster 35 yards through the air compared to Starr’s 274. For the next most lopsided loss in Philly history, Eagles’ fans have to go back to the future.
Dec. 5, 2005, vs. the Seattle Seahawks
In this 42-0 drubbing, Philadelphia’s offense was mostly to blame. The Eagles turned the ball over six times, leading to three defensive touchdowns for Seattle.
Philly’s defense actually only allowed the Seahawks 194 yards of total offense in the game, an odd stat for a six-touchdown loss. The Eagles’ defense didn’t perform as admirably in the final game on this list.
Oct. 19, 1952, vs. the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland compiled 507 yards of total offense in this 49-7 win, and 301 of those yards came from the passing game. The Eagles turned the ball over six times in this contest, as well.
As difficult as dealing with the talents of Hall-of-Fame quarterback Otto Graham was for Philadelphia, there have been historical games in which both defenses stunk it up. Some Eagles games have flirted with 90 total points.
Top 5 highest-scoring Eagles games
The top five games in Philadelphia history in which both teams have scored early and often are:
Sept. 28, 1947: Eagles 45, Washington 42
Nov.15, 2010: Eagles 59, Washington 28
Nov. 30, 1997: Eagles 44, Cincinnati Bengals 42
Dec.13, 2009: Eagles 45, New York Giants 38
Nov. 22, 1992: Eagles 47, New York Giants 34
That 59 points on Nov. 15, 2010, is the most by an Eagles team in any regular-season game.
Philly has scored 56 points three times
(10/7/1950, 10/25/1953, 9/23/2007)
The 54 points against the Bears on Dec. 22, 2013, is next on the list.
The biggest Eagles blowouts ever are memorable games because of the point differentials. Whether those memories create joy or envoke pain depends on who is doing the remembering.
After a 34-3 dismantling of the Oakland Raiders this week, the Jets have won three in a row.
Somehow, the once hapless and winless Jets are now 4-7.
The other two wins in the Jets winning streak came against the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. The once dysfunctional Jets offense scored 34 points in each of those games as well.
Jets QB Sam Darnold was an efficient 20 for 29 for 315 yards and two TDs against Oakland. Plus, the Jets defense was equally impressive. They held the Raiders to just a first-quarter field goal and only 208 total yards.
Now, the same Jets team that started out the year as a laughing stock, with its franchise quarterback sidelined by mononucleosis, could now realistically run the table, end the season 9-7, and make the NFL Playoffs as a Wild Card.
The Jets will likely need to win all five of their remaining games just to get in the postseason. That all starts with keeping the Bengals winless this week.
It’s hard to think of a Jets vs. Bengals game as a marquee matchup. However, as long as the Jets keep winning and keeping the dream of a postseason berth alive, every game from here on out must be considered one.
Jets vs Bengals lines
To no one’s surprise, the Jets started out the week as road favorites against Cincinnati at most NJ sports betting sites.