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Our Eagles vs Giants Predictions for Week 18 of the NFL Season

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The Eagles (13-3) are hosting the Giants (9-6-1) Sunday afternoon at Linc.

For predictions:

Reuben Frank (12-4)

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Eagles won this game. They’re the better team, they’re at home, they have more on the line, they haven’t lost to the Giants at home since Chip Kelly was manager, and they just beat them 26 at East Rutherford last month. Jalen Hurts raises the bar for everyone, and whether the Giants play starters or reserves, I can’t imagine Hurts letting the Eagles lose this game to this team in this situation. That said, what if Gardner Minshew starts? I don’t believe he will win a mandatory game against anyone at any stadium. Minshew has skill, there’s no doubt about it. But the quarterback I saw against the Saints last weekend looked like he wasn’t up to the challenge of facing a competitive team in a high-leverage situation. I understand that it takes the whole team to win or lose a game, but it all starts with the quarterback and Minshew’s inability to make even the simplest shots in key moments was alarming. You can put up good numbers with a bad Jaguars team or against a bad Jets team. But can you win an important game with the number 1 on the line? I’m not optimistic. So assuming Hurts starts. … If Minshew starts? Just invert those numbers.

Eagles 29, Giants 12

Dave Zangaro (12-4)

The Giants did a good job playing low-key all week, but it wouldn’t be wise for them to play in the starting lineup with the 6-seed already secured. So even if Jalen Hurts wasn’t expected to play, the Eagles would still win this game because Gardner Minshew is capable of beating the Giants’ reserves. And the Eagles still need this game to reach the top of the NFC. That 14-point line is quite revealing.

We saw it a few weeks ago when the Eagles beat the Giants 48-22. This game may not be so unequal, but I think that until the end of this one both teams will have their backups on the field. And then the Eagles can use that bye week to prepare for the divisional round.

Eagles 28, Giants 12

Barrett Brooks (12-4)

It’s the last regular season game of the year and the Birds are still playing No. 1. The Giants are already clinched sixth, and the likelihood of Brian Daboll playing in the starting lineup is slim to none. There’s no way Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are playing on Sunday. Eagles must play to win, which means they must play as starters until there is an advantage to seat starters. As long as Jalen Hurts is playing and the entire offense is playing, the Eagles will win this game and have a bye week to rest the entire team.

Eagles 28, Giants 17

Mike Mulhern (13-3)

Jalen Hurts could be an extreme chance to actually win MVP at this point, but let’s find out how much he means to the Eagles. After the offense put together one of its worst performances in years, Hurts will be back to be the ultimate problem solver. It shouldn’t hurt that the Giants are likely to seat most of their top starters.

While there has been some doom among the fanbase following a second consecutive loss, the Eagles are poised to take the No. 1 seed and are getting healthy at just the right time. They will take care of business on Sunday and will be in a prime position to race towards their second Lombardi Trophy in five years.

Eagles 31, Giants 13

Adam Hermann (14-2)

This is an awkward matchup to gauge because neither side is revealing much about their respective players – who will play and who won’t? Sports-related mind games may have gone too far, but that’s an argument for another day.

There’s little point diving into the numbers on the New York side if their starters aren’t going to see much (if any) action. I trust the Eagles at full strength against the Giants at full strength, so I certainly trust the Eagles at 90% health against the Giants’ backups.

As long as the Birds don’t go out and lay a second egg in a row, they should win and secure the No. 1 seed. You could see and hear the frustration and anger in player responses after last week’s loss. I can’t imagine a team with that kind of veteran leadership (and talent) losing a third straight, especially against a team with nothing to play for.

Here’s hoping Jalen Hurts is able to go full speed ahead and we get to see what the franchise’s face looks like post-injury before he dives into the biggest sporting month of his life.

Eagles 27, Giants 20