Who Picked The Eagles: Week 6

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

The Eagles host the Giants for some Monday Night Football action. Here’s how an assortment of media think the game will unfold.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com thinks the Eagles keep rolling after last week’s win with a 27-24 victory.

The Giants miss a late field-goal try to tie up the game, falling in Philly. In order for Tom Coughlin‘s group to end its three-game streak, the Eagles’ defense must step up for the second week in a row, forcing turnovers — something they accomplished last week — and pressuring Eli Manning.

For Big Blue, Manning will have to keep up his torrid pace (106.7 passer rating since Week 2). The reason? Because New York can’t buy a stop on third down (allowing conversions on 46.6 percent, worst in the NFC). Hey, but at least the Giants make up for not stopping anybody by not sacking anybody, either. Still, this matchup has the potential to be the best of Week 6.

ESPN’s Phil Sheridan and Dan Graziano are in agreement: the Eagles will beat the Giants in Week 6.

Graziano: The Giants have the No. 2 run defense in the NFL. But they also have the No. 32 pass defense in the NFL, and that’s going to matter a lot more. Opposing running backs are averaging 7.2 catches and 66.2 receiving yards per game this year against the Giants — gaining 9.19 yards per reception on average. That means, if the Eagles can’t get their run game going, they should still have plenty of short-passing-game opportunities with Darren Sproles. Their pass rush is gaining steam and should be able to rattle Eli Manning just enough to keep him from outscoring them. Eagles 31, Giants 24.

Sheridan: Sometimes the NFL schedule is your friend, sometimes it’s your enemy. For the Eagles, the schedule couldn’t be much better this week. They desperately need to win a division game and the schedule presents a division rival the Eagles defeated twice last season, including a 27-0 shutout. Eagles 33, Giants 23.

Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks thinks the Eagles put together consecutive Ws with a 24-20 win.

The Eagles haven’t won consecutive games since late November of last season, but if they have any hope of being a factor in the NFC East race, they can’t afford to start 0–3 in the division, with a loss to each of their three division rivals.

The Giants are playing well and starting to look like the team to beat in the East, and Eli Manning has been near the top of his game during this three-game winning streak. That probably makes Giants fans a bit nervous, because New York has been very inconsistent the past three seasons, and the only thing that can be counted on from Tom Coughlin’s club is that an upswing will be followed by a downturn.

Based on their productive second half against the Saints (with their admittedly horrible defense), the Eagles should be able to muster just enough offense to fight their way back to .500 and a share of first place.

Pete Schrager of Fox Sports believes in the Birds, and picks them to win, 31-20, on Monday night.

The Eagles aren’t the people’s favorites they were in August anymore and after Sunday’s two red-zone interceptions, Sam Bradford was being compared to Ryan Leaf. But Philadelphia bounced back, blew out the Saints and got its second win. I think the Eagles take advantage of the Giants’ myriad injuries on Monday night and DeMarco Murray nets his second big game in a row. The NFC East is wide, wide open.

Five of CBS Sports’ eight panelists picked the Eagles to fend off the Giants.

Seven of ESPN’s thirteen panelists picked the Birds to top New York.