Thursday night football week 7 picks: New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles

Week 7’s Thursday Night Football sees an all NFC East clash that doesn’t exactly set pulses racing. The ‘race’ for the NFC East is more egg and spoon than Olympic final, with the hapless 2-4 Cowboys sitting at the top of the pile. Let’s break down the matchup and give our picks for this Week 7 Thursday Night Football clash.

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The Giants sit 31st in points per game (16.8) with only their imploding New York rivals the Jets putting less on the board this season, they don’t throw or run the ball particularly well and sit level 32nd in yards per game with divisional rivals Washington. These horrible stats are made worse when you consider they’ve had a spin against the league’s worst defense, Dallas, where they managed to put up 34 points. 

The outlook may not be quite so desperate from an Eagles perspective, but they are far from a potent outfit. The injury problems which ravaged the offense last season have haunted them again in 2020 and they go into this one with the likes of Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz watching from the sideline, this time Carson Wentz hasn’t been able to carry them on his shoulders and as such they sit 1-4-1, their only win coming against San Francisco courtesy of a Nick Mullens horror show.

Defensive Promise

The Eagles sit 23rd in points per game on defense (29.2), but much like Tampa Bay in 2019 their numbers are skewed by their quarterback throwing interceptions (Wentz has thrown nine already this season) and placing them under unnecessary pressure. This is a top half NFL defense which has more than enough to hold down an awful Giants offense. The Giants defense has taken a step forward from 2019 where they ranked 30th in points per game. It would be a stretch to say this is a rock solid defense but it has shown this season it can hold its own, and has the luxury of facing a broken down Eagles offense.

The Verdict

It’s impossible to make a case for either of these teams keeping the scoreboard busy, back under 45 points, widely available at 10/11.