Washington Football Team look to be in a prime spot to compete for the division with a win against the New York Giants this week (1pm ET Sunday; TV: Live on Fox).
Will they get it? Read on for our New York Giants vs Washington Football Team predictions and NFL game preview, ending with betting picks.
The lowly NFC East is on our radar again this week. They may be bad top to bottom but they are all equally as bad, which makes for entertaining matchups and most importantly valuable betting spots that we can profit from.
The Giants are coming off another devastating loss. Daniel Jones was bad per usual but he put them in a position to tie the game and take the Buccaneers to overtime. A questionable defensive pass interference non-call on the final two-point conversion was a topic of conversation, but Jones also made a terrible throw, which had it been better would have seen the Giants tie the game as massive underdogs. They ultimately lost 25-23 against a good Tampa Bay team. Jones had two costly interceptions.
Must-Win Game for Washington
Washington is coming off a bye week after handling the Cowboys in Week 7. This is a huge game for a team that has a legitimate belief they can win this division. Head coach Ron Rivera turned to backup quarterback Kyle Allen and they are 1-2 in his first three starts with the team. He was knocked out in his first start against the Rams, they should have beaten New York the following week and they were able to dominate Dallas for his first win with the team.
This is a must win game for Washington and I think they have a good chance of doing so. They will have an extra week of rest and face a Giants team that seems to fight hard, but ultimately always lose in devastating fashion. NYG has losses of four points to Chicago, eight points to the Rams, three points to Dallas, one point to Philadelphia, and two points to the Bucs. How many times can the Giants bring the same kind of energy when they lose in such close fashion? That has to be difficult on a team’s mental psyche, especially one that is 1-7 on the season. Divisional games are always hard fought and they shouldn’t have trouble getting up for Washington.
This is a great spot for Washington. They are coming off a bye, are at home and will have 3,000 fans in attendance to give them a little extra boost. This may not seem significant, but many players have voiced how important it is to have any fans in attendance to give them a bit more juice.
Washington should have beat New York in their first matchup. They had all the momentum and could have tied the game at 20 to go to overtime but they opted to go for two and the win. They ultimately failed but they looked to be the better team on the day.
The Giants can be exploited through the passing game. They rank 23rd in the NFL and give up on average 252.8 passing yards per game. In the first matchup Kyle Allen threw for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It was his best performance on the season. Allen also had a costly fumble, which was returned 43-yards for a touchdown. Without that turnover Washington would have won fairly comfortably. Allen had another two-touchdown performance in Week 7 against the Cowboys and the offense looked to be clicking. Running back Antonio Gibson had his best game on the season with 128 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. He averaged 6.4 yards per attempt. The Giants have a strong rushing defense so this will likely come down to Allen and the passing attack again.
Our Preview’s NYG vs WFT Predictions & Betting Picks Verdict
We are going with WFT as a slight home favorite with the oddsmakers at the well-regarded offshore bookmakers. This could look similar to the first matchup, but that the Giants will letdown a bit after another close loss last week. Washington will be well rested and ready to dominate a turnover prone Daniel Jones with their strong pass rush. The Giants average 1.1 interceptions per game and 0.8 fumbles per game, which ranks 29th in the NFL. The Giants also rank 25th in the league giving up 2.9 sacks per game, which plays to Washington’s biggest strength on defense. Washington ranks 5th in the NFL and averages 3.1 sacks per game. They are 3rd in the NFL with 26 total sacks.
Expect Washington to be in the backfield all day, which will create sacks and turnovers. I think Washington will win fairly comfortably in what should be a hard fought and lower scoring game. I see this as a comfortable 20-13 victory, which would also cover the current under of 42.5. However, USAbetting feels most confident in taking the home team to win and cover the spread. So our New York Giants vs Washington Football Team predictions for this preview look like this: