NFL Odds: Soaring Eagles host Giants

By: Michael Robinson | Friday, November 19, 2010
Michael Vick

Michael Vick threw for 333 yards and four TDs in Monday’s massacre.

Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a dominating Monday night performance at Washington. They host the NY Giants on Sunday night, owners of an awful Week 10 effort. has the Eagles as three-point home favorites (minus 130) with a total of 48-points. The winner will be in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

The Eagles (6-3 straight-up, 4-5 against the spread) put a beatdown on the Redskins last week 59-28. The game started with an 88-yard touchdown pass from Vick to DeSean Jackson and only got worse for Washington. The score was 35-0 one play into the second quarter and Vick finished with 333 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Vick’s performance also included 80 rushing yards and two rushing TDs. He’s getting love from the media as a league MVP candidate. Fantasy football players bow to his feet for his 49-point total last week.

Coach Andy Reid is looking like a genius for jettisoning Donovan McNabb (three interceptions last week), but the reality is that Vick would still be on the sidelines if Kevin Kolb played well and didn’t get hurt.

Vick has 11 touchdown passes and no picks this year and the Eagles are 2-0 since he returned after missing three games (ribs). They did fail to ‘cover’ versus Indianapolis two weeks ago, winning 26-24 as 3 ½-point home favorites. Philly is 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS at home this year.

The ‘over’ is 5-0 in Philly’s last five games, with the offense scoring 32.4 PPG and the defense allowing 26 PPG. Running back LeSean McCoy (shoulder) returned to practice on Thursday in a limited fashion and he’s probable to play.

The Giants (6-3 SU, 5-4 ATS) are still trying to figure out how they lost 33-20 to a formerly 1-7 Dallas team. New York was a big 11 ½-point home favorite, but Dallas played with more emotion under new head coach Jason Garrett and the Giants also had three turnovers (two picks).

The Dallas loss ended a five-game winning streak (4-1 ATS). Quarterback Eli Manning is tied for the league-lead in touchdown passes (19), but is second in interceptions (13). Some of the picks were on tipped balls, but he needs to be more careful this week.

Manning will be missing receiver Steve Smith for the second straight week with a pectoral injury. Tight end Kevin Boss (back) is banged up, but should play. The offensive line is also hurting with center Shaun O’Hara (foot) and left tackle David Diehl (hip/hamstring) out. Fill-in left tackle Shawn Andrews (back) is questionable as well.

This would be a good week to pound the running game with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. However, that could require patience as Philly likes to dial up run blitzes early on.

The Giants defense has 25 sacks on the season (ranked eighth) and can be fearsome at times. The problem is Vick has the ability to break containment and make big plays outside the pocket. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell needs to mix things up and drop more into coverage at times to try to confuse him.

New York is scoring 26.2 PPG (ranked sixth). The defense is 14th in points (21.4 PPG) despite being first in yards allowed (270.2 YPG). The ‘over’ is 4-0 in the last four games and 6-3 this year.

The Giants are 3-1 SU and ATS on the road. They’ve won and ‘covered’ at Seattle (41-7), Dallas (41-35) and Houston (34-10) the last three. They’re 21-7 ATS in their last 28 road games overall.

This is the first meeting between the teams this year, with another matchup on Dec. 19. Philly is 4-0 SU and ATS in the last four, with just one at home. The underdog is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.

Kickoff from Lincoln Financial Field will be 5:20 p.m. (PT) on NBC. Weather should clear and in the 40s.

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