Friday, December 26, 2014

What they're saying: Picking Eagles-Giants

Who are people picking in tonight's Eagles-Giants matchup? Here's a roundup of national opinion.

What they're saying: Picking Eagles-Giants

DeSean Jackson and the Eagles take on the Giants Sunday night. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson and the Eagles take on the Giants Sunday night. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Here's the weekly roundup of who people are picking in today's Eagles-Giants matchup:

SI.com's Peter King likes the Eagles in a 30-24 victory:

I have never heard Tom Coughlin, and I mean never, say he watched an upcoming opponent "like a fan.'' But I have to give the man credit. Too often we think of Coughlin as a totally unfeeling automaton. If he'd spoken of Vick in a clinical, here's-what-we-need-to-do-to-win way at his Wednesday presser, I'd have thought of him as that Jacksonville robot he used to be. But this was perfect. Coughlin saw what we all saw Monday night: absolute brilliance by one of the special players of our time. I expect that to continue -- with a few more knocks from the Giants' defensive front -- Sunday night.

Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com goes with the Birds, 34-23:

Like the Steelers, the Giants suffered through a collapse in 2009, losing eight of their final 11 games and missing the playoffs for the first time in several years. Seeing Big Blue get blown out by Jon Kitna and the Cowboys in New York last Sunday, one would have to wonder if they're headed down the same rocky road in 2010. "I feel as though we have learned from (the loss)," Justin Tuck said on Monday. "I am actually kind of glad in a way. Maybe this is that wakeup call we can use. Maybe this is a chance for us to kind of look at ourselves and say that we aren't as good as we thought we were, and it gives us an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and continue to go out there in practice and work." With injuries mounting and Vick looking like Superman on Monday night, I see the Eagles getting the best of New York in Philly on Sunday night.

All six FoxSports.com writers pick the Eagles.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Giants taking home a 27-25 victory:

How do you contain Mike Vick? He was sensational against the Redskins on Monday night. But the Giants have the pass rushers to get up the field and contain him. I think they do a better job of it. The Giants are coming of a terrible game against the Cowboys, but I think Tom Coughlin gets them re-focused. Look for Eli Manning to have a big game down the field. Giants take it in an upset.

Four of five CBSSports.com experts go with the Eagles.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles in a 35-24 victory:

The Giants arguably have peaked too soon, again, and the Eagles arguably haven’t peaked yet. And Mike Vick is having a season for the ages. And the Giants have a few too many injuries. And the Eagles are playing at home. Advantage(s), Philly.

Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk likes the Eagles, 27-24:

Fascinating matchup. It comes at a perfect time for NBC, but a terrible one for the Giants. Big Blue is banged up and Dallas’ vertical pass game showed a way to beat the Giants. This is great test to learn what Michael Vick and these Eagles are made of. The game comes on a short week against a hungry opponent after the football media crowned Vick king of football again. A true coin flip game goes to the home team.

Five of eight ESPN.com experts like the Eagles.

ESPN.com's Bill Simmons likes the Eagles to cover the 3-point spread:

Add me to the list of people with a fantasy lead Monday night who got Michael Vicked. (I actually enjoyed it. If you're going to blow a 32-point fantasy lead in less than an hour, you at least want to make history in the process.) Hey, I have a question: Is Eli Manning ever going to have a bad game without me screaming at the TV "I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU COST ME 19-0, YOU STIFF!!!!!!!!!"

All three Yahoo Sports experts and 78 percent of Yahoo Sports users like the Eagles.

According to BetUS.com, 74 percent of the public like the Eagles to cover.

Most in the Philadelphia area will get Raiders-Steelers at 1 p.m. on CBS and Packers-Vikings on Fox.

Colts-Patriots will be shown at 4:15 p.m. on CBS.

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