The recent steady play of quarterback Daniel Jones has been key to the New York Giants’ climb into contention in the NFC East.
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- New York Giants have vaulted to a short +300 bet to win the NFC East following decisive 27-17 win over first-place Philadelphia Eagles
- Giants have won three of five to close the gap on Philadelphia, but Eagles remain in control of their destiny as favorites in divisional odds
- Read on for all the odds and trends as the NFC East race heats up
After ending a four-year losing streak against the archrival Philadelphia Eagles with a well earned 27-17 victory on Sunday afternoon, the New York Giants have emerged as legitimate contenders in the NFC East.
That is reflected in the NFL divisional odds, where the Giants now sit as a dramatically-improved +300 bet to claim their first NFC East crown since 2011. We’ve got you covered with all the odds and trends in the race for the top of the NFC East.
Odds to Win NFC East
|New York Giants||+300|
|Washington Football Team||+800|
*Odds taken from DraftKings November 15, 2020
Giants Make Gains Since 0-5 Start
The Giants have made dramatic gains at the sportsbooks since tumbling to a distant +4125 bet during a dismal 0-5 start. With Sunday’s victory over Philadelphia as 4.5-point home chalk, New York has now posted wins in three of five outings for the first time in two years.
What a win for the Giants!
Big Blue finally snaps 8-game losing streak to Eagles with 27-17 victory.
Yes, Giants can still win NFC East. Remarkable. pic.twitter.com/diPzDnNJJm
— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) November 15, 2020
In addition, the Giants now lead the NFC East with a 3-2 record in divisional matchups after going 4-14 over the previous three seasons, with all four of those wins coming against Washington. New York’s surge has lifted the team to within a game of the first-place Eagles, who dip to 3-5-1 and a diminished -159 favorites to repeat as NFC East champs in the wake of Sunday’s loss.
Jones Leading Complete Team Effort
New York’s resurgence has been powered by a complete team effort. Daniel Jones has settled down considerably under center, and was a difference maker in Sunday’s win. While Jones failed to connect in the end zone, he came up big when he had to, and avoided being intercepted for a second straight contest.
Daniel Jones’ 34-yard TD marks his third rush of 30+ yards this season.
Just as many as Lamar Jackson 😮 pic.twitter.com/KvT0wL40Hh
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 15, 2020
And even without Saquon Barkley, the Giants ground game has stepped up, averaging 142 rushing yards per game over their past five outings and scoring six times over that stretch, with former Clemson standout Wayne Gallman accounting for five of those TDs. A bye next week will provide this team with an opportunity to savor their recent success, and time for players like rusher Devonta Freeman and rookie linebacker Tae Crowder to nurse recent injuries.
Road woes remain a concern, with just three wins in 13 away dates since the start of last season, a trend they hope to reverse when they visit Cincinnati and Seattle following next week’s bye. Things get no easier in subsequent December clashes with Arizona, Cleveland, and Baltimore.
Eagles Still Control Own Destiny
Perched as favorites in the NFC East odds with -316 average odds entering the weekend, the Eagles blew a golden opportunity on Sunday to give themselves breathing room atop the division.
NFC East standings 👎#Giants #Cowboys #Eagles #WashingtonFootball pic.twitter.com/HZQE9L2yXv
— TimeoutSPORTS__ (@TimeoutSPORTS3) November 15, 2020
Philadelphia still controls its own destiny in the division, and can widen their lead with New York idle next weekend, when they visit the Browns. The Eagles also have plenty to work to do on the road, where they are now 1-3 this season. Upcoming home dates with Seattle and New Orleans also present a huge challenge to a team that has tallied just one home win over a non-divisional opponent since 2018.
Philly Looking Unprepared For Tough Schedule
The Eagles did not look like a team prepared to run the gauntlet down the stretch in Sunday’s loss at MetLife Stadium. Well rested following last week’s bye, the Philly defense had little answer for Jones, who added a team-high 64 rushing yards and his first scoring run of the season to his high-value 244 passing-yard performance.
Carson Wentz says the Giants defense made life hard on the Eagles
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) November 15, 2020
Quarterback Carson Wentz turned in a middling performance, failing to toss for a score for the first time since Week 2, and completing well under 60% of pass attempts for a fifth straight game. Of course, Wentz has had little help from an offensive line that has allowed him to get sacked at least three times in seven straight outings, and an NFL-high 32 times this season.
Of course, both Washington and the Cowboys can also close the gap on New York with wins next weekend. But like the Eagles, both those teams are trending in the opposite direction. The Giants still have a mountain to climb to move past Philadelphia in the standings, but with little reason to be enthusiastic about the Eagles’ playoff hopes, it is time to take New York while the betting value is there.
The Pick: Giants to win NFC East (+300)
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