The Washington Redskins (3-11) host the New York Giants (3-11) for an NFC East showdown on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 22nd at FedEx Field and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Redskins listed as 2.5-point home favorites. The spread has come down by half a point after early betting, as Washington is currently available at -2. The total for this matchup is 41 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 16 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Redskins vs Giants Game Odds & Betting Preview
New York Giants
The Giants finally snapped a nine game losing slide last weekend, beating Miami 36-20 at home in what was likely Eli Manning’s last start at MetLife Stadium. New York trailed 10-7 at the half but completely dominated both sides of the ball over the final two quarters of the game, outscoring the Dolphins 29-10 en route to a double-digit victory. Manning went 20/28 for 283 passing yards and two touchdowns but also got picked off three times as well. RB Saquon Barkley finally looked like his old self on the ground, rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns on a game-high 24 carries. WR Sterling Shepard led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in nine catches for 111 yards. As a whole, the Giants generated over 400 total yards of offense and found the end zone five times in the win.
New York was pretty average defensively against the Dolphins, giving up close to 400 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Giants struggled to contain Miami WR DeVante Parker, as he turned just four catches into 72 yards and two touchdowns.
The Redskins lost their second consecutive game last weekend, falling 37-27 at home against Philadelphia to drop to 5-9 on the season overall. Washington led 14-10 at the half but couldn’t find a way to hold on down the stretch, getting outscored 27-13 over the final 30 minutes of the game. QB Dwayne Haskins went 19/28 for 261 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while RB Adrian Peterson found the end zone on one of his team-high 16 carries for 66 rushing yards. WR Terry McLaurin torched the Eagles secondary, exploding for 130 yards and a touchdowns on five receptions. Overall, the Redskins gained over 350 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns despite coming up short on the scoreboard.
Washington had a brutal outing on the other side of the ball against the Eagles, getting lit up for over 400 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. The Redskins had no answer for Philadelphia RB Miles Sanders, as he racked up 172 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Giants +2
While I am also slightly tempted by the OVER on 41 total points scored, my favorite play from this NFC East clash is New York against the spread. I think that the Giants will likely find a way to win this game outright, especially with Daniel Jones likely returning from injury. Saquon Barkley finally showed signs of progress in a cupcake matchup against the Dolphins last weekend as well, which certainly bodes well for his chances of a repeat performance against a Washington run defense that just got torched by Miles Sanders. It is also important to note that the Giants easily took care of business at home in the last meeting between these two rivals back in late September, crushing Washington 24-3.
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New York has also had the upper hand against the spread in this NFC East rivalry in recent years, going a very impressive 9-4 against the spread over their last 13 meetings with the Redskins. Washington has really performed poorly at home this year as well, failing to cover the number in five out of their last seven games at FedEx Field. Finally, the Redskins are also an embarrassing 1-7 against the spread over their last eight battles against opponents from the NFC East. I’ll take the two free points and roll with the road underdogs on Sunday afternoon, as I think that New York will win this matchup straight up – give me the Giants!