NFL Playoff Picks: Can New York Giants Continue Cinderella Run vs Philadelphia Eagles?

NFL Playoff Picks: Can New York Giants Continue Cinderella Run vs Philadelphia Eagles?

Nobody had theĀ New York GiantsĀ making it to theĀ Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. Sure, we at OSB picked them to pull off the upset over the Minnesota Vikings last week in the Wild Card. (Here's hoping you capitalized on that!) But at the start of the regular season, the Giants had ultra-ultra-ultra long shot odds to make the NFL playoffs.

Look at New York now!

The Giants are riding a world's worth of momentum entering their showdown with theĀ Philadelphia Eagles. They have captivated the masses with a burgeoning offense under quarterback Daniel Jones Jr. and a defense that has repeatedly risen to the occasion. However, the latest NFL online betting odds from BetOnline don't give them much of a chance against Philadelphia:

Philadelphia Eagles-350+275New York Giants

Please make sure you are double-checking theseĀ NFL playoff betting odds until you actually make yourĀ picks for Giants vs. Eagles. OurĀ Eagles vs. Giants betting odds are accurate enteringĀ Wednesday, January 18. That gives linemakers plenty of time to make adjustments based on the latest betting trends before the game kicks off onĀ Saturday, January 21, at 8:15 p.m. EST.

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Without further delay, let's get to ourĀ predictions for Giants vs. Eagles.

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It comes as no surprise that the Eagles are favorites against the Giants. But should they really be -350 favorites?Ā 

A cursory glance at the regular season records for New York (9-7-1) and Philadelphia (14-3) suggest the answer is a resounding "yes." For us, however, the answer is actually "no, not quite."

The Eagles did not look right to close the season.Ā Quarterback Jalen Hurts was dealing with an injury that caused him to miss the final two games and also limited him when he was taking snaps.Ā Hurts has not thrown a touchdown pass since Dec. 11 and has attempted just 35 total passes over the past month.

To Philadelphia's credit, they have been able to top 25 points even when their QB1 isn't on his "A" game. Their rushing attack, led by Miles Sanders, is absolutely terrifying. And New York's defense ranks 31st in net yards allowed per passing attempt. But the Giants have shown they can tighten things up with their front sevenā€”which is what they did to unseat the Vikings in the Wild Card Round. Their rushing defense only struggles against offenses that move the ball through the airĀ andĀ on the ground exceptionally well.Ā The Eagles have not been able to move the chains through the air on a consistent basis for more than a month at this point.

All of which leaves room for doubt in Philadelphia. Maybe Hurts is 100 percent. Reports from multiple outlets suggest he isn'tā€”that his absences were more than merely precautionary. And if that's the case, we're going to roll the dice on a lucrative return by picking the Giants to beat the Eagles.

OSB Prediction: New York Giants (+275)

New York Giants To beat the Philadelphia Eagles

Risk-Averse Bettors Should Take a Long, Hard Look at the Giants Point Spread

Below you can see the latest NFL point spread betting odds for Giants vs. Eagles:

  • Philadelphia Eagles, -7.5 (-112)
  • New York Giants, +7.5 (-108)

Taking the New York Giants point spread is a great wager for the inherently risk-averse. Most of their losses this season have come by less than a touchdown, and you still get to share in the benefits if they do pull off the upset without it actually needing to happen.

Skeptics will point to New York's two losses at the hands of Philadelphia during the regular season.Ā The Giants fell by six points to the Eagles "C" team during the final week of the regular season, and when they went up against the full-strength Philadelphia squad in Week 14, they were bulldozed by 26 points.Ā 

These are fair concerns. But we're also dealing with a much different Giants team. The offense is moving the ball through the air with regularity as Daniel Jones Jr. looks more comfortable directing traffic, and the rushing defense has improved a great deal over the past month-and-a-half. So even if you don't believe New York has what it takes to bag the upset, you should at least believe they have the tools necessary to remain within striking distance of an Eagles team that will be starting a banged-up quarterback.

OSB Prediction: New York Giants, +7.5 (-108)

New York Giants To cover the point spread vs. the Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Hurts' Health will be the Key to the Over/Under for New York and Philadelphia

Here are the latestĀ NFL over/under betting odds for Eagles vs. Giants:Ā 

  • Over 48.5 (-106)
  • Under 48.5 (-114)

Between Jalen Hurts' injury and a Giants offense that has at times seemed unwatchable, New York and Philadelphia feel primed to hit the "under." However, the Giants are quietly averaging over 27.2 points through their past four games, while the Eagles have leveraged the threat of Hurts to open up the ground game even when limiting his volume.Ā 

That doesn't guarantee either of these teams will light it up. This could very well be a defense-first affair, if not a game marked by offensive struggles. For us, it all comes down to Hurts. If he's able to increase his passing volume from where it's been since the start of December, the "over" is a quality investment. And given that he's coming off what amounts to a three-week break, we believe he'll be able to do just this.

OSB Prediction: Over 48.5 (-106)

Eagles and Giants To score over 48.5 points combined

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Dan Favale

Dan is a sports betting writer who can tackle any topic from presidential elections to changes in the sports betting legislation federally and on the state level. He also writes picks for NFL.