PHILADELPHIA @ N.Y. GIANTS | 10/11 | 8:20 PM EDT
All signs are that QB Carson Wentz, the MVP front-runner prior to tearing his ACL in Week 14, will be ready for Week 1. Wentz’s capability to extend plays and toss for big plays late in the down is what makes him special. The offending line is great, allowing Philly to run a diverse and extensive set of running plays. TE Zach Ertz and WR Alshon Jeffery are atop a deep skill-position group that can produce inequalities in a variety of methods. Philly’s defensive line is dominant. Fletcher Cox might be the NFL’s a lot of underrated player, and Brandon Graham, Tim Jernigan and Derek Barnett would be the stars of many groups’ front sevens. The additions of previous Pro-Bowlers Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata as rotational depth are a headache for opposing O-lines. Rookie CB Sidney Jones (who would’ve been a 2017 first-rounder if not for a season-ending injury) offers another upgrade.
Former head coach Ben McAdoo and his ineffective iso/spread offense have been changed by new head coach (and 2017 AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year) Pat Shurmur. Shurmur will surely be more innovative with star WR Odell Beckham and keep defenses truthful versus him by making use of athletic TE Evan Engram and No. 2 WR Sterling Shepard. No. 2 total draft choice Saquon Barkley tasks as the best Giants RB in at least a years. Numerous pieces remain from New york city’s outstanding 2016 defense, and brand-new organizer James Bettcher will get the most out of his stars. S Landon Collins is a vibrant playmaker and CB Janoris Jenkins is tough to beat when his head is on right. DT Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison is a run-stuffer while DE Olivier Vernon sets the edge on running plays as well as anyone. Previous Rams POUND Alec Ogletree significantly improves a previously dreadful linebacking system.
The Eagles have won seven of the last eight meetings with their NFC East rivals, and they’ve covered eight of their last 11 visits to MetLife Stadium. Despite Philly’s slow start and the Giants coming off a strong performance in Carolina, these teams are not comparable. Carson Wentz began to find his groove last week. Philly allows 3.4 yards per carry, second-fewest in the NFL, and I see tough sledding for Saquon Barkley both as a rusher and a receiver. In my simulations, the Eagles are winning by a touchdown and covering 58 percent of the time. Lay the points.