Ben Steele previews Philadelphia's Week 17 trip to New York, where the Eagles know a win over the Giants will secure a playoff spot for the third straight year...
"Effective in both the passing and receiving game, Sanders has score four touchdowns in his last four games as he has become a staple part of the Philadelphia attack. Howard is back to full fitness but Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has already said that he will stick with "the hot hand" in Week 17; and that is certainly Sanders."
Efficient Wentz and explosive Barkley will put points on the board
The Philadelphia Eagles are on their best run of the season, three straight wins all against NFC East opponents, as they close in on a playoff spot. This run has been highlighted by the offence, led by quarterback Carson Wentz finally finding a system that works for them. Since switching to a a short passing game, the former number two pick has completed 71% of his passes over the last three weeks, throwing six touchdowns and no interceptions.
Relying on Zach Ertz, who is a doubt for this game through injury, as well as Greg Ward, Miles Sanders and Dallas Goedert the Eagles have been an effective offensive outfit in recent weeks, they will need to keep up their form against an entertaining Giants side.
Last week saw the return of Daniel Jones for New York, and he promptly threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns as the Giants won 41-35 against the Washington Redskins. Jones was aided in his efforts by running back Saquon Barkley's best game of the season. Barkley, a New York native, had 279 total yards and two touchdowns as he and Jones marched up and down the field. The Eagles are certainly better defensively than the Redskins, but Barkley and Jones should still have some joy, even if they don't manage to earn the win. I'm backing the Eagles to win and Over 45.5 points in the game at 2/1.
Dual threat Sanders will score again
Another reason for the Eagles' success over the last few weeks has been the emergence of rookie runner Miles Sanders. After 12 weeks of the NFL season, the second round pick had found the endzone just twice but an injury to starter Jordan Howard saw Sanders' workload increase and he certainly took advantage.
Effective in both the passing and receiving game, Sanders has score four touchdowns in his last four games, including three in the last two weeks as he has become a staple part of the Philadelphia attack. Howard is back to full fitness but Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has already said that he will stick with "the hot hand" in Week 17; and that is certainly Sanders.
The Giants have given up an average of one rushing touchdown per game this season, the 5th worst record in the league, so Sunday is a good chance to look for Sanders to add to his growing tally of touchdowns and establish himself as the Eagles starter going in to the playoffs.
Will Giants plan Eli swansong?
Daniel Jones is undoubtedly the future of the New York Giants at the quarterback position, but there is a chance that Sunday may be the final chance for New York fans to see one of their favourites play. Eli Manning is expected to suit up as a Giant for the final time, ending a 16 year career that saw the 39-year-old win two Super Bowls for the G-men.
New York have nothing to play for other than pride, but they may want to play the role of spoiler. Daniel Jones will certainly start the game, but I expect Manning to be the man who finishes it, giving the New York fans a chance to say goodbye to one of their greatest ever players. As a result, I'm backing Jones to have Under 225.5 passing yards on Sunday.
Ben Steele NFL P/L:
Staked: 58 pts
Returned: 54.3 pts
P/L: -3.7 pts
Back Philadelphia Eagles to win and Over 45.5 points in the game @ 2/1
Back Saquon Barkley to score a touchdown @ EVS
Back Miles Sanders to score a touchdown @ 11/10
Same Game Multi: Back both Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley to score a touchdown @ 4.5
Back Daniel Jones to have Under 225.5 Passing Yards @ 17/20