The New York Giants have looked like a new team on offense, but will that continue into their NFL divisional-round playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles? We’re taking a look at some key prop bets based on NY’s offensive surge that has made them the most surprising team to reach the NFC’s final four.
Taking the Week 18 game at Philadelphia out of the equation since the Giants played all backups in that contest, the Giants scored 17 points in the second half of the Week 16 loss at Minnesota, 38 points in a win over Indianapolis on Jan. 1, and 31 points in Sunday’s playoff victory at Minnesota.
It’s a pretty good stretch for a team that didn’t break the 30-point mark until the Week 17 game against the Colts, and the starting offense has now done it two times in a row.
But will it continue against the NFC’s top seed in Philadelphia?
Daniel Jones’ Playoff Debut Was His Best Game
In the biggest game of Daniel Jones’ professional career, he answered the challenge and then some. Jones was 24-of-35 passing for 301 yards and two touchdown tosses. He also was the team’s leading rusher with 78 yards on 17 carries, and he didn’t turn the ball over.
He became the first player in NFL history to have a playoff game with all of the following: 300 passing yards, 75 rushing yards, and at least two touchdowns.
Jones has had 300-yard games before but never with anything close to the pressure of an NFL playoff game. The Giants offense was in control of this game right from the start, and head coach Brian Daboll was aggressive on fourth-down plays to extend drives.
That’s the mentality it takes to win on the road in the playoffs. It was also the Giants’ first playoff win since Super Bowl 46–nearly 11 years ago now.
Can the Giants Offense Stay on a Roll vs. Eagles?
It’s safe to say the Giants played their worst game of the season in a 48-22 loss to the Eagles in early December. Philadelphia took a 24-0 lead before halftime and never looked back.
In Week 18, there wasn’t much to learn except the Giants’ backups on defense played much better than the A-unit did a month prior in a 22-16 loss. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, however, was coming off a two-game absence and wasn’t fully healthy in that win. He didn’t run the ball much in order to protect his injured shoulder. We will see if another two weeks of rest and the importance of a playoff game will change things on Saturday night.
The season’s statistics, however, show that the Giants will have a harder time in the passing game in Philadelphia.
The Eagles led the NFL in passing yards allowed with just 179.8 per game. The Vikings, on the other hand, were second to last in the NFL with 265 yards allowed per contest.
The playoffs have been wild so far this year, as backup quarterbacks with Miami and Baltimore nearly beat heavily favored teams in Buffalo and Cincinnati. The Giants are also playing with a high amount of confidence. The betting line is also reflecting that, as the spread for this game opened at 7.5 at BetMGM but has been bet down to an even 7 by Monday morning.
Giants vs. Eagles Prop Bets to Look For
New York will also be operating on a short week. After playing late Sunday afternoon, they will suit up again at 8:15 p.m. Eastern time Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Here is a look at three of our best bets when it comes to props for Giants vs. Eagles.
Eagles First Scoring Play: Touchdown, -250 (FanDuel)
Both of the Eagles’ matchups against the Giants this season opened with a touchdown. The Vikings also started Sunday’s playoff game with a touchdown, which was the only time all game that Big Blue trailed. New York’s defense has been slow to start all season, so even with the unfavorable odds on the moneyline, this is worth taking.
Both Teams to Score 20 Points: Yes, +110 (DraftKings)
The Eagles are almost certain to score 20 points. Will the Giants? They put up 22 in a blowout loss and 16 with backups playing. Not counting the last game of the regular season, New York scored 20 or more in 12 of 16 regular season games and did so easily against Minnesota on Sunday. We see the Giants finding a way to break the 20-point mark again here.
Giants Team Total Points, 1st Half: Under 9.5, -105 (DraftKings)
While New York has put up some points recently, they have been slow starters on offense for much of the season. Their 17 points on Sunday against the Vikings was their second-best first-half output of the season. If the Giants are able to figure out of the Philadelphia defense, expect it to take some time.