NFL: Monday night’s ‘Return of Eli’ to underwhelm


NFL expert Tom Selwyn (@Tom_Selwyn) shares his expert opinion on the best bets available from Monday Night Football in Philadelphia.

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles | Tuesday 10th December 2019, 01:15 | Sky Sports

It’s the NFC East once more this week and for this edition it’s “MNF: the Return of Eli”. Manning will be making his return to the Giants starting line-up as rookie Daniel Jones is out with an injury.

I don’t think this will be a favourable match-up for Manning either; it’s been obvious for a while that he doesn’t have the arm strength to drive the ball downfield these days and even QBs that do have struggled on the East coast during winter (rain and medium winds forecast for Monday).

The opposing QB in Carson Wentz is proof of this; the Eagles scored only 19 points in consecutive home games against the Patriots and the Seahawks. Both of these games featured strong winds and Wentz toiled in the conditions.

This, combined with the fact that these offenses have not been good this year in general means that I’m going to be looking at the Under 46.5 Points play for this one at 17/20 (Sportingbet).

Even though Jones has provided the Giants fans with some excitement this year, he has turned the ball over far too much and, as a result, they sit 25th in the league for points scored with 19.2 a game. The Eagles, despite being 9 places better at 16th, are still only scoring 22.8 a game themselves.

I find New York’s defence very suspect, but I believe there’s more aspects pointing towards a low scoring game this Monday night.

Best Bets

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles – Under 46.5 Points (17/20 Sportingbet)

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Tom got into betting after taking a marketing role at Sportingbet in 2009. He's since moved on to IT, but has remained within the industry. His passion in both betting and watching is the NFL, but also follows many other sports. Other interests include rock music, following the Patriots and being confused as to which Nottingham Forest team will show up each week.

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