Sharps Pick a Side in Thursday’s Eagles-Giants Game
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- The Philadelphia Eagles are currently 2.5-point road favorites against the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET).
- Using the Action Network's betting tools, we analyze how professionals are betting tonight's Eagles-Giants matchup.
It’s been a struggle for the entire NFC East so far this season. Through five weeks, none of the four teams has a winning record and the division sports a negative point differential, collectively.
The Philadelphia Eagles were expected to contend for back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, but have stumbled out of the gates to a 2-3 record.
There was also plenty of optimism for a bounce-back season from the New York Giants following key offseason additions that included drafting running back Saquon Barkley and signing left tackle Nate Solder.
However, the Giants have struggled to a 1-4 record and currently occupy the NFC East cellar.
With both teams desperately needing a win tonight to jumpstart their 2018 seasons, professional bettors have put their weight — and money — behind one particular side.
Philadelphia opened as a 3-point road favorite at BookMaker and the line ping-ponged between -2.5 and -3 before settling in at -3 late Sunday night.
The Eagles remained at -3 through Wednesday afternoon, and that’s when sharp bettors pounced.
According to Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, wiseguys steamed the Giants across the the market, pushing the line off the key number of +3 and down to +2.5.
Steam is defined as sudden and uniform line movement across the entire sports betting market, and is usually the result of sharps betting the same side of a game at multiple sportsbooks, all at once.
DJ Fields, an odds consultant for BookMaker.eu, confirmed that sharp action is the reason for the line move.
“It’s tough to be a road favorite in the NFL, and smart money is seeing value in the home team,” Fields said. “Sharp action came in to drop us down from 3 to 2.5, despite the public still slightly favoring Philly.”