The NFC East has the makings of one of the worst divisions in the modern history of the NFL and Thursday night brings an NFC East matchup between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. The teams may not be great but there are still chances to play props and win with Monkey Knife Fight.
The Giants are 1-5, coming off their first win of the season, 20-19 over the Washington Football Team. With star running back Saquon Barkley injured, the Giants are having a really hard time moving the ball – their average of 4.7 yards per play is only better than the Washington Football Team and the New York Jets.
It’s not like the season has been a raging success for Philadelphia either. The Eagles are 1-4-1 and just lost starting running back Miles Sanders to a knee injury and tight end Zach Ertz to an ankle injury and they join an ever-growing list of injured Eagles. That doesn’t leave quarterback Carson Wentz with an ideal supporting cast but this is the NFC East, no one is running on all cylinders.
Nevertheless, here are some angles to consider for Thursday night’s NFL game on Monkey Knife Fight:
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Carson Wentz LESS THAN 247.5 PASSING YARDS
The Eagles quarterback is averaging a modest 233.5 passing yards per game this season and his offense is depleted by injuries. He has thrown for 248 or more yards twice in six games. The Giants are average in terms of pass defense, allowing 235.5 passing yards per game and 6.5 net yards per pass attempt. Unless the Eagles somehow show that they are more explosive offensively, it could be hard for Wentz to reach what seems like an entirely reasonable number.
Daniel Jones MORE THAN 230.5 PASSING YARDS
Danny Dimes threw for more than 240 yards in his first two starts of the season but has struggled to throw the ball in the past four weeks, reaching a season-low 112 passing yards against Washington last week. Philadelphia’s defense is better than average against the pass, allowing 229.7 passing yards per game and 6.0 average net yards per pass attempt. With some expectation that the Giants may be trailing, maybe he bounces back and reaches this achievable threshold.
Travis Fulgham MORE THAN 64.5 RECEIVING YARDS
The real wildcard in the Philadelphia offense is Fulgham, a 25-year-old who had zero catches on three targets for the Lions in 2019 but has suddenly landed in the Philadelphia lineup and has put up 18 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 26 targets in the past three games. He looks like he’s going to be Carson Wentz’s favorite target.
Travis Fulgham -1.5 fantasy points vs. Devonta Freeman
Two players who have been thrust into prominent roles. A series of injuries opened the door for Fulgham to step into the Eagles lineup and he’s been so productive that he’s now indispensable. Freeman was a free agent waiting for the right opportunity to come along when Saquon Barkley tore his ACL. Freeman rushed for a season-high 61 yards last week but it has been a grind – he’s averaging 3.2 yards per carry.
Philadelphia’s starting running back, Miles Sanders, left last week’s game with a knee injury and that opens the door for Scott to be Philadelphia’s lead back, with Corey Clement providing support in the backfield. Slayton is averaging 67.7 receiving yards per game and he has scored three touchdowns in six games. He also happens to be nursing a foot injury so if he’s slowed down at all that could open the door for Boston Scott to escape with a win in this matchup.