The New York Giants have dug themselves into a shallow 0-2 hole to start the season and will want to do everything in their power to avoid an even deeper 0-3 hole against their NFC East division rival, the Washington Redskins. For Washington, they’ll look to improve to 2-1 on the backs of their ground game. So far, no other team in the NFL has rushed for more yards than the Redskins which could mean trouble for New York’s somewhat sturdy run defense. Currently, the point spread has the Giants favored at -3.5.
Thursday Night Football: Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants
Point Spread: Giants -3.5 Over/under: 44 Date: Thursday, September 24, 8:25pm ET Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
The Redskins head into their Thursday night contest having lost 12 of their last 14 NFC East games. It won’t be any easier to get a win this week as they’ll travel to the Meadowlands to play a team that has a 4-0 record against them since 2013.
Questions about the passing game linger in Washington with Kirk Cousins being inconsistent at best, despite a strong showing last week. The Redskins will need to get similar production from their two running backs Matt Jones and Alfred Morris who tallied 182 yards rushing against the St. Louis Rams last week.
Washington has one of the best defenses in the league that can overpower the Giants suspect offensive line. If they can flush Eli Manning from the pocket and get a few hits on him, they should be able to force him into some bad throws, or maybe even some back breaking late-game interceptions.
New York Giants
While the Giants are -4 to win on Thursday, they could struggle more than the spread shows. The last two weeks saw two late-game leads evaporate and were entirely preventable. New York will need to minimize avoidable mistakes and mental lapses to escape Week 3 with a win.
While the running game has struggled, the offense is getting production through the air. Expect another heavy dose of targets to Odell Beckham, Jr. who caught 7 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. If the Giants can avoid costly turnovers and keep Manning upright, they’ll have no trouble putting points on the board.
New York’s defense gave up 363 yards in the air to the Falcons last week, but face a less talented quarterback in Cousins. While they could give up a few big plays, they’ll be disruptive enough to throw Washington’s offense out of sync.
Thursday Night Prediction
The Redskins will put up a good fight, but it won’t be enough to topple a New York team desperate to avoid a 0-3 start to the season. A home game for the Giants is exactly what this team needs to help them forget the last two weeks and head in the right direction.
New York, 23-20