Let’s get my red-hot picks started this week a little early; the Thursday Night Football finale features an old-fashioned NFC East showdown between the red-hot New York Giants and ice-cold Philadelphia Eagles. Since shifting to a mindset of making confident picks only, things have gone well for me. I’m 26-14-3 on the season, including 4-1 last week. So before I give you the full slate (which may be up to six or even seven games this week), let’s start in the City of Brotherly Love with tonight’s matchup:
Last week: 4-1
Season record: 26-14-3
New York Giants (-2.5) at Philadelphia
It almost seems odd that the Giants are only favored by 2.5 points, coming off a terrific two-game homestand in which they held playoff contenders Dallas and Detroit to a combined 13 points. The offense is struggling, but the Eagles aren’t doing much of anything right. Though they ran for 169 yards on the Ravens last week, Philly has not been consistent on either side of the ball, and perhaps Carson Wentz has hit the rookie wall. Maybe the Giants can rediscover the offensive brilliance they had in their Week 9 win over Philly, a 28-23 victory in which Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes. The Giants, who can clinch a playoff berth with a win, should have just enough to get by and keep their faint NFC East hopes alive as well. Pick: Giants.