Manning has enjoyed some success at FedEx Field, sporting a 6-4 record there during his career. The two-time Super Bowl MVP has tossed 10 touchdowns at the venue, the second-most among active players, trailing only Tony Romo (12).
DeSean Jackson has shined in NFC East contests throughout his career, scoring 16 touchdowns against divisional foes. That includes significant success against New York. Jackson has 11 receiving scores on 17.9 yards per reception against the Giants. He’s also added two rushing and three return touchdowns, including his famous 65-yard punt return against New York with no time remaining in 2010.
Jacksonville’s meltdown in D.C. catapults the Jaguars into first place in the season-long race for the most unprogressive offense, four Spike Factor percentage points worse than Philadelphia (COLLEGE OFFENSES HARUMPH HARUMPH). I’m starting to feel a little queasy.
The Spike Factor started out as a college football metric, and to see a team break 50 percent there was really, really rare, the kind of thing you usually only saw from the Purdues or Cals or Wake Forests of the 2012 world. This is not the comparison you want, Jacksonville. The NFL does not need its own Purdue. Purdue doesn’t even need its own Purdue.
Take this Tetanus Spike. Think about what you’re doing with your life, Jaguars. And for the love of god, bench Chad Henne.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS vs. Philadelphia Eagles (+5.5): I would probably be better off just taking the 49ers with a first half bet, and the Eagles with a second half bet. The 49ers lead the NFL in first half scoring, while the Eagles lead the NFL in second half scoring. The 49ers are coming off a pair of ugly second half collapses, and would seem likely to throw everything they can at the Eagles. While Philadelphia would love a fourth win, there is little pressure on them, particularly in an NFC East that is theirs for the taking.