Both the Giants and Washington Football Team are seeking their first wins of the season as they matchup in a primetime game in Landover, Maryland in Week 2. It’s time to continue our NFL odds series and make a Giants-Washington Football Team prediction and pick.
While Washington lost a close game to the Chargers, the Giants were seemingly outplayed most of the game in their loss to the Broncos. Both teams should be playoff contenders this season, especially in the weak NFC East. Getting to face each other so early in the season will be good news for one of these teams, who might very well be tied for first place, given the 1-0 Eagles matchup against the high-powered 49ers. There is much to be desired for both teams’ offenses in Week 2 as the Giants and Washington scored 13 and 16 points, respectively, in their opening-week losses.
Here’s how the bookmakers have set the lines for Thursday’s matchup.
NFL Odds: Giants-Washington Odds
New York Giants (+145)
Washington Football Team (-170)
Over 40 1/2 points (-110)
Under 40 1/2 points (-110)
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Why The Giants Could Win
With Ryan Fitzpatrick going down with injury for at least a few weeks, the Giants have the quarterback advantage here. Daniel Jones, who has been had trouble fumbling the football over his first two plus seasons in the league, fell into that same hole again in Week 1. Despite losing a fumble against Denver, Jones went 22/37 passing, throwing for 267 yards and a touchdown. He also added 27 yards on the ground, including a rushing touchdown. The improved G-Men defense held Denver to just three points up until the last ten seconds of the first half. But they fell apart in the second half, allowing Teddy Bridgewater and a dynamic Broncos rushing attack to end up with an easy victory. Now facing Taylor Heinicke, the Giants defense should fare better against the inexperienced signal-caller. Playing in primetime may also be a great opportunity for Jones to showcase his improved ability as a quarterback in front of a national audience.
Why The Washington Football Team Could Win
This time starts and ends with its defense, especially now that backup Taylor Heinicke has been thrown into the starter’s role. Despite the loss to the Chargers, allowing 20 points is honestly not bad considering how well Justin Herbert can typically play. The WFT were able to get an interception off Herbert as well, as the defense did not allow the game-winning touchdown until a few minutes into the fourth quarter. Expect Chase Young to have a huge day against Daniel Jones, who while improved, continues to show signs of being too fumble-prone. Taylor Heinicke is far from an elite quarterback, but he’ll be playing in his first primetime game since last season’s playoff loss to the Buccaneers, when he had an epic performance. In that game, Henicke made his name known to the world, throwing for over 300 yards and throwing for and rushing for one touchdown each. If you’re looking for a quarterback looking to continue to prove doubters wrong, Heinicke is your guy. Look for him to step into the void left by Fitzpatrick’s absence and throw for another 250+ yards against a porous Giants secondary.
Final Giants-Washington Prediction & Pick
I’m surprised that Washington is such a large favorite in this game given the absence of Fitzpatrick. While I’m high on Heinicke’s potential in this league, I still think he has a ton to prove as a NFL starter. Daniel Jones has his flaws as a quarterback, but is now in Year 3 and should continue to improve, as evidenced by Week 1. Look for a low scoring game here, but ultimately I think the Giants, with the better quarterback and getting plus money, are the best bet here.
FINAL PICK: Giants MONEYLINE (+145)