In a division that didn’t have a team with a winning record last season, games within the NFC East take on adding meaning. The start to the 2021 season was all too familiar for the New York Giants and Washington Football Team, who each lost last week. And the team formerly known as the Redskins may have suffered a bigger setback.
Ryan Fitzpatrick exited with a hip injury putting a damper on his debut with the club. Oddsmakers aren’t thinking highly of the bumbling Giants, who hit the board as 4-point underdog even though there’s a chance they’ll face Washington’s backup signal-caller in the Thursday night matchup.
The Week 2 Thursday Night Football game between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team will take place at FedEx Field at 8:20 p.m. ET on September 16 and will be televised on NFL Network.
New York Giants vs Washington Redskins Odds
New York Giants +4 | Washington Football Team -4 [BET NOW]
New York Giants vs Washington Redskins Money Line
New York Giants +180 | Washington Football Team -215 [BET NOW]
New York Giants vs Washington Redskins Over/Under
Over/Under: 42 [BET NOW]
Washington was the best of the worst last season winning the division with a 7-9 record. They went 4-2 against NFC East foes with both losses coming to the Giants by a combined total of four points while going 1-1 ATS. The Giants did little against everyone else and started the new season with yet another defeat, 27-13, to the Broncos as a 3-point dog. Dating back to last season the Giants are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games. It’s been a different story against Washington, though. The G-Men have won the last five meetings between the clubs going 4-1 ATS. The total opened at 42, which is in line with recent games, and the UNDER is 6-2-1 in the last nine series meetings.
New York Giants
In a way the season opener was a success. The team saw the return of Saquon Barkley less than a year after a serious knee injury. He wasn’t much help last week with 26 rushing yards on 10 carries, but with a game behind him now maybe he can return to the form that helped him win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2019. While the return of Barkley is a plus, the continued struggles of Daniel Jones have the offense going nowhere fast.
The Giants were one of the worst teams offensively last year averaging fewer than 300 yards while scoring only 17.5 points per contest. They ranked next to last in the NFL in both categories allowing them to go 3-13 on the over/under. Things looked remarkably similar against the Broncos. Jones threw for 267 yards and a touchdown, but the ground game produced just 60 yards and the club totaled 314 yards.
Scoring was a problem last year and that continued last week. New York scored a touchdown on one of its first seven full drives with three punts, two turnovers on downs and a Jones fumble. Jones had a 4-yard touchdown run on the game’s final play, but they still cashed the UNDER for the 14th time in 17 games under Joe Judge.
Washington (Redskins) Football Team
The worst job in sports might be quarterback of the Football Team. Robert Griffin III and Alex Smith probably wouldn’t argue. Those two had their careers cut short due to injuries while leading the team and Fitzpatrick might be next. The FitzMagic era never got going with the veteran lost to a hip injury midway through the second quarter. Taylor Heinicke took over completing 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and touchdown. No matter how the injury situation unfolds, Heinicke could be the starting moving forward. “There is something about Taylor,” Ron Rivera said of his QB.
The Football Team couldn’t do much on offense because they never had a chance. They ran 29 fewer offensive plays than the Chargers and managed 259 yards while possessing the ball for only 24 minutes. They had chances but the defense wilted under a constant barrage.
The defense allowed three scoring drives of 65 yards or more and just couldn’t get off the field. A top third-down unit last year, WFT allowed the Bolts to convert on 14 of 19 third-downs. The group was worn down and had nothing left late in the fourth failing to stop the Bolts on their final possession, which lasted nearly seven minutes.
Giants vs Redskins Prediction
Our picks: New York Giants +4 and UNDER 42
The Giants have owned the series recently winning the previous five meetings. They escaped with a pair of close wins last year, but I don’t think New York will be up to the challenge. Jones hasn’t proven he’s worth the first-round pick the Giants used to get him and Barkley will probably struggle again against a more rested defense. Previous games have been close, though, and I’ll back New York with the points.
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