The Washington Redskins will host the New York Giants in a key NFC East matchup on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 4:25 EST at FedEx Field and will be televised locally on FOX. Oddsmakers have Washington as a 8-point favorite with the total at 44 points. Click here for more free betting previews and game odds for Week 17.
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New York (10-5) enters off a 19-24 loss at Philadelphia on Thursday Night Football in Week 15. It was not the result most were expecting, as the Giants could have clinched a playoff spot with a win. They got some help over the weekend and are locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC.
Washington (8-6-1) had no trouble disposing of the Bears on the road. The Redskins defeated Chicago 41-21. That win coupled with the Cowboys victory over the Lions has Washington still alive for a Wild Card spot. In fact, if the Redskins beat the Giants they will be in as the No. 6 seed in the NFC. A loss and their season is over.
These two teams played way back in Week 3 at New York. Washington won that contest 29-27 on a late 37-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. New York had a 457 to 403 edge in total yards, but were -2 in the turnover department.
Free Pick & Betting Predictions: Redskins -8
This line has clearly been inflated due to the circumstances, but I don’t think it matters. The Giants have absolutely nothing to play for being locked into the No. 5 seed. On the flip side of this, this is essentially a playoff game at home for the Redskins. You either lay the big number with Washington or stay away from this game.
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As of right now, the Giants haven’t made their plans for this one official. That might be the case, but I see no way they don’t rest as many of their star players as possible. Don’t be surprised if Eli Manning plays a series and his pulled to keep his active start streak in tact.
If Manning doesn’t play a lot here, this one could get ugly in a hurry. Keep in mind that backup QB Ryan Nassib is out for the season with an elbow injury. That means we could see a lot of 3rd string QB Josh Johnson, who hasn’t attempted a pass since 2011 with Tampa Bay.
The other thing here is the Giants defense has really been what has got them to this point. I think there’s no chance we see star corner Janoris Jenkins or any other defensive guy with the slightest injury concern. I believe defense is where you really struggle in games that mean nothing. Without that killer instinct, you really have no chance in this league. Especially against a dynamic offense like the Redskins.
It’s also worth pointing out this has been a bad spot for New York even when the games matter. The Giants are just 1-8-2 ATS in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record. As for Washington, they 5-0 ATS in last 5 vs team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS last 4 vs the NFC East.
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