Previous Day’s Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 16-10
The Dallas Cowboys are off this weekend, so that means that the NFC (L)East won’t have its weekly punching bag to make fun of unless Ben DiNucci goes viral slipping on a banana peel while walking down the street, which I don’t discount altogether.
The onus will be in the Meadowlands, where the New York Giants host the Eagles for a vital divisional clash. However, if you want to watch actual good offensive football you might want to head towards sunny South Florida for a battle of the not-overhyped-at-all rookie quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa.
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New York Giants (2-7) vs Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1)
The last-place Giants are pretty much the only obstacle between Philly and a divisional crown, and that is simply depressing. The NFC East crown is more like the kind you get at Burger King for your kid, but it does grant you a home playoff game.
An Eagles victory on the road would pretty much put an early end to the race, but a Giants win opens up all kinds of interesting variables considering that Carson Wentz and company host the Seahawks and Saints and must visit the Packers and Cardinals in their next four games after this one.
The Giants are 2-3 in their last five games, but all of them have been decided by three points or less including the 22-21 loss to the Eagles fondly remembered for the Daniel Jones face plant. What you may not remember is that New York was winning that game 21-10 with six minutes left.
I expect another close game, but this time Daniel Jones stays on his feet and his team prevails by a touchdown.
My pick: Giants (+3.5) 27 – 20 Eagles
Los Angeles Chargers(2-6) vs Miami Dolphins (5-3)
Justin Herbert and his luscious hair arrive in Miami trying to forget their woes against an opponent that is on a four-game winning streak, has renewed faith in its quarterback and boasts the second-best point differential (+61) in the NFL.
The key to this game is that Tua has gained confidence and knows he can go toe-to-toe with Herbert in a potential shootout just like he did against Kyler Murray in Arizona last week. However, that won’t be necessary.
The Dolphins are fourth in the NFL with a +5 turnover differential and have scored defensive touchdowns in their past two games. It will make enough plays to rattle Herbert, who is still Ekeler-less, while Tua doesn’t give the Chargers a chance to blow another last-second opportunity.
My pick: Dolphins (-1.5) 33 – 23 Chargers
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PICK
Chicago Bears (5-4) vs Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
The team with the winning record is playing with the self-esteem of a 2-14 squad, while the one with the losing record suddenly thinks it can make a run for a playoff spot.
I’ll keep this short and sweet: Dalvin Cook runs a lot and scores touchdowns, Nick Foles keeps seeing ghosts, Vikings win.
My pick: Vikings (-2.5) 21 – 17 Bears
-- by El Hombre