By Michael Donovan
Let’s face facts:
The Eagles-Giants game tonight at the Linc looked a lot better as a TV attraction when the schedule came out last spring than it does now.
In fact, if it had been a Sunday night game, the NFL would have flexed it to 1 or 4:25.
But there’s no flexing on Monday:
Kickoff time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Announcers: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (sideline reporter)
Opening line: EAGLES -8, now 9 1/2
Key Giants injuries and absences: Quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle), safety Jabrill Peppers (back), tackle Nate Solder (ankle), tight end Evan Engram (foot)
Key Eagles injuries and absences: Receiver Nelson Agholor (knee), defensive end Derek Barnett (ankle), running back Jordan Howard (shoulder)
New York’s Daniel Jones is missing this game with an ankle injury, and Eli Manning is about to go on a revenge tour.
Manning is 10-20 against the Eagles in his career, which is absolutely brutal. But Giants fans will embrace Manning’s return to action.
The NFC East is hot garbage. The Cowboys have failed to put team after team away this season, the Eagles have face-planted their way into second place, and the Giants and Washington could both get top-three draft picks. Manning going out in a blaze of glory might make the Giants’ draft stock worse, but it would be viscerally satisfying if Manning beat the Eagles and Washington on his way out of town. If the Giants can’t have a winning record, nobody in the NFC East can.