This Sunday the Washington Redskins (6-6) will host the New York Giants (4-8). Kickoff for this NFC East clash is set for 1:00 EST at FedEx Field and will be televised locally on FOX.
Taking a look at the Week 14 NFL odds, the books have the books have New York listed as a 3.5-point road favorite with the total set for 41 points.
Giants vs Redskins Vegas Odds & Game Preview
New York comes into this one off a thrilling 30-27 win at home against the Bears as a 3.5-point road underdog. It was nearly a crushing 4th quarter collapse by the Giants. New York went into the 4th quarter leading 24-14 and had a 27-17 with less than 2 minutes to play. No way should have the Bears even been able to force OT. Either way that’s now 3 wins in their last 4 after starting out the season 1-7.
The Redskins enter off a 28-13 loss at Philadelphia that may have just put the finishing touches on their season. While Washington is sitting at 6-6 mathematically still alive in both the NFC East and for the two Wild Card spots, they just lost backup quarterback Colt McCoy to a serious leg injury. This comes just two weeks after they lost Alex Smith to a serious leg injury, which has turned to be potentially career-ending. That would be a devastating blow for Washington’s long-term plans. It’s up to Mark Sanchez to save the day.
These two teams played back in Week 8 at New York. The Redskins won that contest 20-13 behind a big day on the ground from veteran Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 149 yards and a score. The Giants had just 3 points and just 150 total yards going into their final two drives (scored 10 points and gained 153 yards).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Giants -3.5
I would have to lean towards laying the points with New York in this one. As tempting as that 3.5-points looks with a division home dog, I want absolutely nothing to do with this Redskins team down the stretch. It wasn’t that long ago Washington was on top the NFC East and thinking playoffs. Now that they have lost their top two quarterbacks, they know how this thing is going to end.
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I’m also liking what I’ve seen from New York of late. Had the Giants not blown that 19-3 lead against the Eagles a couple weeks ago, they would be riding a 4-game winning streak and still very much alive at 5-7. I know the argument now is there’s nothing for them to play for, but I see no reason for them to not keep fighting and there’s definitely motivation here to get revenge against division rival.
The biggest thing for me is that I have a really hard time seeing that Redskins offense doing a whole lot with Sanchez under center. He attempted 21 passes and while he completed 13, it was for just 100 yards (4.8 yards/attempt). He also threw an interception and was sacked twice. Washington’s offense as a whole had just 235 yards and 90 of those came on one run by Adrian Peterson. Sanchez has made 6 starts the last 3 seasons and is his team is both 1-5 SU and 1-5 ATS, and have been outscored by nearly 10.7 ppg.
It’s also worth noting that the Redskins defense has really struggled of late. In their last 3 games they are giving up 27.3 ppg and 386.7 ypg. Their weakness defensively this season has been defending the pass, but they are struggling against the run as well. They have allowed at least 130 rushing yards in each of their last 3. Look for rookie Saquon Barkley to have a big game and that should open up things for Eli Manning and OBJ in the passing game.
Giants have covered 5 straight road games and are a good team to back away from home when they are covering. New York is 34-16 ATS in their last 50 road games when they come in having covered 2 or more games in a row. Redskins are on short rest after playing on Monday Night Football last week and are a mere 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games when playing the Sunday after a MNF contest. They are also just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 against the NFC East. Give me the Giants -3.5!