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Eagles try to keep momentum against 3-7 division-foe Giants

The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After a 2-5 start, the Philladelphia Eagles have gotten back in the playoff race by taking a page out of the New York Giants’ playbook from their heydays under Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin.

The Eagles (5-6) are pounding the rock and putting up points, which probably will be a problem for the Giants (3-7) Sunday when the teams meet at MetLife Stadium for the first of two contests in five weeks.

While the Giants have shown the ability to stop the run at times, Joe Judge’s team does not put up points. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was fired on Tuesday.

The Eagles have scored 30-plus points five times this season. They have 870 yards rushing in the last four games, and have rushed for 200-plus yards in consecutive games for the first time since 1978.

“We feel like we have a strength on offense as far as upfront and there’s different ways,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “Smash-mouth football, I know that can mean like, hey, you’re just pounding it, and that’s part of it, but there’s also some other things we’re doing with some quarterback runs and this and that.”

The picks:

KNOCKOUT POOL: Pro Picks took another Canelo-like shot to the jaw with the Titans. If you care, we’d favor BALTIMORE this week.

No. 26 Seattle (+1) at No. 23 Washington, Monday night: The Seahawks leave the state of Washington to lose near the city of Washington. BEST BET: Washington, 23-20

No. 11 (tie) Los Angeles Chargers (-2Ç) at No. 22 Denver: We finally missed on an outright win by an underdog. Maybe the Broncos will start a new winning string for Pro Picks. UPSET SPECIAL: Broncos, 24-23

No. 9 Los Angeles Rams (+1) at No. 2 Green Bay: A toss-up game and potentially a look at the NFC championship matchup. Packers, 20-17

No. 5 Tennessee (+6) at No. 6 New England: Funny how the Patriots wind up facing a lot of injury-ravaged opponents. Patriots, 24-19

No. 3 Tampa Bay (-2¢) at No. 11 (tie) Indianapolis: Both teams come off big weekends. Can the Bucs stop that runaway train named Jonathan Taylor? Buccaneers, 27-26

No. 14 Cleveland (+3¢) at No. 7 Baltimore: A good time for the Browns to get out of Cleveland. A bad time to go to Baltimore. Ravens, 23-15

No. 17 Pittsburgh (+4¢) at No. 13 Cincinnati: We’re beginning to believe the Bengals have some lasting power. Bengals, 19-17

No. 18 Philadelphia (-3¢) at No. 28 New York Giants: We began feeling positive about the Eagles a few weeks ago. That will continue. Eagles, 26-24

No. 31 New York Jets (+3) at No. 29 Houston: We never feel positive about either of these tailenders. Jets, 15-13

No. 15 Minnesota (+3) at No. 16 San Francisco: The winner will be in prime position for an NFC wild-card spot. 49ers, 30-28

No. 21 Carolina (-1¢) at No. 24 Miami: Hard to believe Miami will win a fourth straight. Dolphins, 23-21

No. 25 Atlanta (-1) at No. 30 Jacksonville: Poor Matt Ryan has no weapons left. Not that Trevor Lawrence has many, either. Jaguars, 16-13

2021 RECORD

Last Week: Straight up: 9-6. Against spread: 10-5; Season: Straight up: 103-61-1. Against spread: 91-70-2.

Best Bet: Straight up: 5-5-1. Against spread: 7-4; Upset Special: Straight up: 9-1. Against spread: 9-1.

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