At the beginning of each season, everyone likes to make bold predictions as to things that will happen during the year.
I don’t think blowing a second half lead to the Dolphins was a prediction anybody made for the Eagles heading into 2019.
Yet somehow, despite one of the worst performances in recent memory by any team… in this dumpster fire of a division… Philadelphia still has a chance to win the NFC East and HOST a playoff game.
The “how” when it comes to the opportunity to win the division is the schedule. Two games against the Giants, a matchup against the Redskins, and the equalizer versus the Cowboys gives the Eagles a path to rip off four in a row, go 9-7, and win the NFC Least.
The other “how”, as in how does a team that scored 19 total points in weeks 11 and 12, a team that gave up 37 to a two-win Miami team, including 23 in the second half, and that blew a 28-14 lead with 11:44 to go in the third quarter…how does that team have enough in the tank to win four in a row and take the division?
The simple answer is, it probably doesn’t. Any team that can implode that spectacularly against the Dolphins is bound to have some sort of a stumble, even in the next two weeks, effectively making the Dallas game in week 16 a moot point, right?
Eagles Odds to Trash the Giants and Get a Grip on the NFC East
I ask again because at this point with this Eagles team, I’m honestly not sure. On paper, there’s every chance they beat New York and Washington, get to 7-7, and have the game against the Cowboys essentially be to decide the division. Against Miami, the Eagles scored. Carson Wentz finally got his receivers involved in the red zone. He still has Zach Ertz to throw to. Miles Sanders went for more than 80 yards on the ground. It’s also a defense that despite giving up 37 to Miami, held Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to 17 points the week before. That held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 17 points the week before that.
So can the offense and defense show up in the same week? That’s the question on everyone’s mind heading into Monday against the Giants. Like last week, Philadelphia is greater than a touchdown favorite, coming in giving 8.5 points. If you’re looking towards the trends for help with the Jekyll and Hyde team, don’t. The Eagles are 2-4 ATS at home this season and 0-2 ATS in its last two games against divisional opponents.
Before you think that means pick New York, the Giants are 3-6 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog. The only seemingly sure bet in this one is to take the over (O/U 47). The Giants defense is similar to the Dolphins where the Eagles did score and in its last six road games, the Giants and their opponents have played to the over five times.
Regardless, unless you have a parlay or fantasy football postseason implications on the line, I wouldn’t waste my Monday night watching this one.