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Eagles-Giants NFL Week 14 predictions 2019

Eagles-Giants NFL Week 14 predictions 2019

The Eagles (5-7) host the Giants (2-10) at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday night. 

To the predictions: 

Reuben Frank (5-7) 
I’m really reluctant to pick the Eagles to beat anybody right now. I have no reason to have faith in this coach, these players, this staff. But then I look at the Giants and they’re way worse than the Dolphins. I don’t think it helps the Eagles that Eli Manning is back, even though he’s been brutal for years against the Eagles. But he's got a better chance to come into the Linc and win a game than a 22-year-old kid who has two career wins.

What Monday night will show all of us is whether the Eagles have mailed it in or if they still have a shred of fight in them. We know the Cowboys have mailed it in. Somebody has to win the NFC East, unless commisioner Roger Goodell just decides to vacate it and add another wild-card team. Probably won’t happen, although if I were the commish I would.

So against my better judgment I’ll pick the Eagles. But at this point, nothing would surprise me.

Eagles 27, Giants 26

Dave Zangaro (6-6) 
Let’s start by making this clear: The Eagles could lose any remaining game on their schedule. I just don’t think they’re gonna lose this one. The Giants are a mess and even with Manning, I’m not expecting that to change. And then there’s the fact that the Eagles have owned Manning and the Giants over the last few years. In fact, the Eagles are 9-1 against the Giants in the last five years. They’ve even won the last five games between the two teams. But four of those five wins have been close games, so I’m not about to predict a blowout. Still, I expect the Eagles to be tied with the Cowboys atop the NFC East on Tuesday morning. 

Eagles 24, Giants 20 

Derrick Gunn (5-7) 
Shocked is the best way to describe what happened to the Eagles down in Miami. The offense came to life, moved the ball effectively and put up 31 points. Then there’s the defense that we had applauded for holding four previous opponents to 17 points or fewer having a complete meltdown and giving up 37 points to one of the worst offenses in the league. If losing wasn’t bad enough, players and the head coach Doug Pederson said in unison “they wanted it more than we did.” So here they stand two games below sea level and fighting for their playoff lives.

The Giants are just as bad as the Dolphins on both sides of the ball. The Eagles’ defense was planning on getting an up-close-and-personal look at Daniel Jones, but he’s injured which means Manning has been dusted off and called into active duty. But wait there’s more: both TE Evan Engram and WR Golden Tate are expected to be healthy enough to return as well. If that happens, Tate, Engram, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley would all be on the field together for the first time this season.

The Birds have owned Manning in recent years (Manning 1-9 in last 10 meetings with Eagles). This matchup makes me nervous. Manning could want to make a strong showing for a future employer. Will the Giants rally around their former leader? Which Eagles defense will show up? Despite the records, it’s a division battle, but at least the Birds have this one at home. 

Eagles 28, Giants 21

Ray Didinger (4-8) 
It was interesting that the point spread went up when it was announced that Manning would be starting for the Giants on Monday. Has it reached the point where bettors think a rookie, Jones, gives the Giants a better chance to win than a two-time Super Bowl MVP? Wow. 

Anyway, the Eagles were favored by eight but it went up to nine when the Giants announced Manning would start. I think the Giants saw Jones throw three picks Sunday against Green Bay (that's 21 turnovers for him this season) and decided the kid needed to sit for a week or so just to clear his head. Eight straight losses can wreck a young quarterback's confidence. They probably wanted to give Manning a chance at a curtain call anyway.

With Manning at quarterback, there will be a lot of dump offs to Barkley. He caught 91 of them last season when Manning was checking it down all the time. This year with Jones taking over Barkley has just 38 receptions. It is a dramatic difference. So Barkley will get a big work load, rushing and receiving, but it won't spell the difference. Big day for Carson Wentz against a woeful Giants defense.

Eagles 28, Giants 14

Andrew Kulp (6-6) 
I said it last week (while wrongly picking the Eagles), but it's not a given they will win this or any other game for the remainder of the season. That's just the reality of the situation.

That being said, while I might've been tempted to pick the Giants with Jones under center, picking the Giants led by Manning is a different story. Don't get me wrong, I can totally imagine a scenario in which Manning torches the dynamic duo of Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby — I just don't find it incredibly likely.

Manning stinks against the Eagles, stinks at Lincoln Financial Field, and really stinks against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in primetime. I'll take my chances on the Birds here.

Eagles 34, Giants 15

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NFL Week 14 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

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Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 14 of the NFL season.

Everybody in Dallas wants Jason Garrett fired. In Chicago it looks like the love affair with QB Mitchell Trubisky has come to a crossroads. The Cowboys are doing everything they can to give the NFC East lead away, while the Bears have fought their way back into playoff contention. Dallas has a lot of soul searching to do after getting embarrassed on Thanksgiving day by Buffalo. Two good defensive fronts in this one, but if Dallas’ offense  comes to play they have enough fire power to ride out of chi-town with the W.

Niners are still licking their wounds after coming up short in a slugfest in Baltimore. The Saints are the first team to wrap up a division title in the NFC South. Both squads are striving to achieve that number one overall seed. San Fran’s defense is stingy and will provide a great chess match for Drew Brees and his offense. Niners schedule has been brutal having played the Packers, Ravens and now New Orleans in consecutive weeks. Should be a good possible playoff preview. Saints get the slight edge in the dome.

Can anybody stop the Ravens right now? So far the answer is no. Their 8 game win streak is quite impressive when you consider 5 of those wins have come against the seahawks, Patriots, Texans, Rams, and 49ers. Lamar Jackson has the league buzzing and appears to be the MVP front runner. Buffalo went down to Dallas and shocked the world. They believe they still have a chance to catch the struggling patriots in the AFC East. Bills head coach Sean McDermott has done a wonderful job with his defense. They’re good, but not good enough to stop the Ravens hot streak.

Speaking of the Patriots for years offense has been their staple, but lately the defense has had to carry the weight of this team. In their last 3 outings Tom Brady’s crew has posted 17, 13, and 22 points. Not what we expect from an O that normally racks up 30 plus points a game. They better figure it out in a hurry because the reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs can light it up in a hurry. In their last two games KC has scored 64 points. Patriots defense against the Chiefs offense will be fun to watch. New England is ripe for the picking, and I pick KC to pluck them.

Right now Seattle controls the NFC West and is the two seed in the conference overall. As for the Rams they’re on the outside trying to get back in currently holding the 7th spot. Rams trying to get RB Todd Gurley more involved in the offense which would take some of the pressure off Jared Goff. This is a crucial stretch for the rams ... with 3 straight heavyweight showdowns against Seattle, Dallas, and San Francisco. They’ve already lost to both the hawks and niners earlier in the season. Seattle coming off a huge win over the vikings at home, will up their road mark to 7-0 after getting by Los Angeles.

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NFL Week 13 schedule: Derrick Gunn's games to watch in Week 13

NFL Week 13 schedule: Derrick Gunn's games to watch in Week 13

Here are Derrick Gunn’s games to watch for Week 13 of the NFL season:

Bills at Cowboys (Thursday, 4:30 p.m., CBS)
Nobody really thought Buffalo would have eight wins at this point of the season, but the fact of the matter is they have a chance to go to the playoffs for the second time in three years. The Bills aren’t getting much respect because their win total has been compiled against teams with losing records other than Tennessee. The best way to earn some respect is to go out and beat Dallas on the road. That may sound good, but Jerry Jones is not a happy man and he’s letting all the coaches and players know about it. Dallas had New England on the ropes and let the Patriots off. Buffalo may stampede into Dallas, but the ‘Boys will be having Bills on a turkey day platter.

49ers at Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)
How in the world did the networks allow this possible Super Bowl matchup to stay at 1 p.m.? This should be a real backyard brawl. Both play fast and physical. Both like to run the ball. Both pride themselves in their defensive prowess and both are coming off impressive outings. The Ravens ran all over the Rams, and the Niners suffocated the Packers. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is playing out of this world. Baltimore has won seven in row. The Niners are 5-0 on the road. Jimmy Garoppolo has played well, but don’t bet against “Action Jackson” and the Ravens at home.

Raiders at Chiefs (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS)
Things were going so well for the Raiders until all of a sudden they ran into a resurgent Jets squad and got embarrassed, ending their win streak at three. Maybe the weather had something to do with Derek Carr’s lethargic performance. Carr is 2-9 career wise in games that start with the temperature below 50 degrees. The Chiefs are coming off a bye and clinging to a one-game lead over Oakland in the AFC West. K.C. is hoping that mercurial wideout Tyreek Hill, who’s been dealing with a hamstring issue, will be available. Oh, did I mention that the game time temp is supposed to be 40 degrees and windy? That’s the sign I needed. K.C. wins to put a little distance between the two.

Patriots at Texans (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)
Against Dallas, Tom Brady had un-Brady like numbers: 17 of 37 190 yards and one TD. And yet somehow, the Pats found a way to win. That’s what they do better than any team in the league. Their offense still can’t seem to find a measure of consistency, but their defense has been rock solid and doesn’t make many mistakes. Houston survived a battle for first place in the AFC South with the Colts. The Texans have the offensive weapons to do damage but figuring out the Pat’s D is easier said than done. New England knows they have to keep winning for home field advantage. Bill Belichick will dial up something to rattle Houston, and New England will notch its 11th win of the season.

Vikings at Seahawks (Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN) 
The Week 13 capper is a matchup that has NFC playoff seeding implications. The Vikings had a bye week to refuel and are ready to roll. Say what you want about Kirk Cousins, but he’s been balling. He’s completing 70.6 percent of his passes with 21 TDs, three INTs and a 114.8 QB rating. 0ver his last five outings, Cousins has 12 TDs and no interceptions. Meanwhile, there’s a guy named Russell Wilson whose stats have him in the MVP conversation. The Seahawks need to tighten up their offensive line play. The Eagles sacked Wilson six times. On the other side, the Hawks best pass rusher, Jadeveon Clowney, missed the Eagles game with a hip injury and didn’t practice Wednesday. The extra day could help his situation. Both teams know what’s at stake. The Hawks, with the help of their 12th man, should have the upper hand.

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