Entering the 2015 season, the NFC East division was widely considered the most competitive in the league. On Monday night, first place will be on the line when the Philadelphia Eagles host the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Giants own sole possession of first place at 3-2, while the Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins all have two wins each. The Giants have won three games in a row after blowing 10-point leads in the fourth quarter of their first two contests. The Eagles could be turning a corner, having won their last game by 22 points, scoring 59 points in their last six quarters.
Philadelphia has dominated the rivalry in recent seasons, and oddsmakers expect that to continue. The Eagles have beaten the Giants in 11 of their last 14 meetings, and were 5.5-point favorites at Las Vegas sportsbooks on Sunday night before dropping to 3.5-point favorites on Monday afternoon. The over/under is 51.5 points, according to vegasinsider.com.
Giants Injury News
New York is banged up, especially at wide receiver. Victor Cruz hasn’t played in a game all season, while Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle both suffered hamstring injuries last week that forced them to sit out part of the Giants’ win against the 49ers. Cruz’s calf will delay his 2015 season debut yet again, but Randle appears likely to play. Beckham’s status, however, remains unclear.
Beckham is officially listed as questionable, after getting hurt on the final drive against the 49ers. He made the trip to Philadelphia, but didn’t practice in the past week. In five games, Beckham has caught 31 passes for 428 yards and three scores to lead all Giants receivers.
On defense, cornerback Prince Amukamara (pectoral) and linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) are out. Listed as questionable are linebackers Jonathan Beason (concussion) and Jonathan Casillas (calf), along with defensive end Robert Ayers (hamstring) and cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin). The Giants signed cornerback Brandon McGee from the practice squad.
Philadelphia will be without a few of their top playmakers. Ryan Mathews is the team’s leading rusher, ahead of DeMarco Murray, but he is listed as questionable with a groin injury. Mathews has 201 rushing yards on 37 carries in the last three games. Murray had his best game as an Eagle last week, rushing for 83 yards on 20 attempts.
Rookie wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who has eight receptions for 105 yards this season, will miss the first game of his career due to an ankle injury. With Agholor out, Josh Huff will likely see more playing time. The 24-year-old is coming off his best career game, catching four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Linebackers Kiko Alonso (knee) and Marvin Kendricks (hamstring), along with defensive end Brandon Bair (groin), are also out.
The game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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