This Sunday the New York Giants will host the Washington Redskins in Week 3 action. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST at MetLife Stadium and will be televised locally on FOX. Oddsmakers have the Giants listed as a 4.5-point home favorite and the total at 46.5 points.
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Washington comes into this game desperate for a win. The Redskins are 0-2 with both losses coming at home. They lost 38-16 to Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football in Week 1. Last week they lost 23-27 to division rival Dallas.
New York is 2-0 with a 20-19 win at Dallas and 16-13 win at home against the Saints. With road games at Minnesota and Green Bay on deck, this is definitely a game the Giants don’t want to lose.
The home team won both meetings last year. Washington defeated New York 20-14 as a 1-point home dog and the Giants won 32-21 as a 3-point home favorite.
Free Betting Pick & Odds Predictions: Giants -4.5
Typically I would be looking to take the points in this spot, but I just don’t trust the Redskins. I thought Washington was one of the most overrated teams coming into the season. Losing their first two at home, certainly hasn’t changed my opinion.
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I actually think this line would be a lot higher if it weren’t for the Giants close calls in their first two games. A lot of people expected them to cover last week against the Saints and they barely held on for the win.
New York’s offense failed to score a touchdown against a Saints defense that was shredded in Week 1. That’s concerning, but it’s not like they didn’t move the ball. The Giants put up 417 yards of total offense. They actually outgained New Orleans by 129 yards (417-288).
This could very well be the week where the offense clicks and puts up a big number. The strength of the Giants’ offense is their passing attack. Eli Manning comes in completing 73.9% of his attempts. He’s no longer just got Odell Beckham Jr as a big time target. Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard are both playing at a high level.
They will be going up against a Redskins secondary that has been exposed in their first two games. Washington ranks in the bottom 4 in completion percentage allowed (73%), yards per attempt (8.8) and opponent QBR rating (89).
As for Washington’s offense, they too have a strong passing attack. The problem is they have zero threat of a running game. They had just 55 rushing yards against the Steelers and 82 last week against the Cowboys. The Giants defense has been rock solid against both the run and the pass. They held Drew Brees in check for the most part and completely shutdown the Saints running game.
I just think with this game being a home game for the Giants, it’s worth laying the 4.5-points. New York is going to have the much easier time moving the ball and could easily turn this into a blowout. It’s also worth noting the Giants are 15-5 SU in the last 20 meetings. Each of their last 5 wins in the series have come by 7 or more points.
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