Preivew and Pick for NY Giants at Washington on TNF
It's pretty obvious that neither the New York Giants nor the Washington Football Team looked too good in their opening games. So they are now somewhat behind the eight-ball in the NFC East. Of course, because that has not proven to be an outstanding division, they are not likely to be counted out for quite some time. But as BetOnline patrons may already know, Washington is already making a change at quarterback, and we presume they are looking for additional help in that area.
On Thursday night, the Giants and the WFT will clash at FedEx Field, with the kickoff set for 8:20 PM ET.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, although a journeyman, is nonetheless a real veteran with the capability to put up some numbers. So the WFT at least felt as if he gave this club a fighting chance in the division.
But against the Los Angeles Chargers in the opener, he went out with a hip injury and had to be replaced with Taylor Heinicke, who completed eleven of 15 passes in the rather bland 20-16 defeat. Heinicke is an experienced backup; in fact, he started Washington's playoff game against Tampa Bay last season.
And there have been rumors that Cam Newton, who played at Carolina under coach Ron Rivera and was cut by New England, may be called upon to help fill the vacuum, but that kind of thing has not happened as of now.
In the Thursday Night Football betting odds that have been established on this game by the folks at BetOnline, the WFT is a favorite at home:
Washington Football Team -3.5 (-105)
New York Giants +3.5 (-115)
Over 40.5 points -113
Under 40.5 points -107
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The only safety net for the WFT at this point would be Kyle Allen, who also played for Rivera with the Panthers. So they will rely on defense to get them through. That stop unit yielded 424 yards to the Chargers last week, 337 of them to Justin Herbert through the air. They also gave up 27 first downs, so it was not a prime-time effort.
Yet we know what this team is capable of on the defensive end because we saw it last season, as the WFT was among the top three units in the NFL. And maybe that brings the "burden of proof" over to the Giants' side, as they stumbled on offense against an intense Denver defense, going down to a meek 27-13 defeat.
Daniel Jones threw for 267 yards, but lost a fumble, and the Giants got very little out of Saquon Barkley, who ran ten times for 26 yards. This was his first activity since tearing his ACL almost a year ago.
So what you would have to ask is whether Barkley is going to get into the flow of things right away, or whether head coach Joe Judge and his offensive staff are still mindful of not stressing him too much, too soon.
You can't necessarily say that the Giants are devoid of receiving weapons, and Sterling Shepard and Kenny Golladay didn't do too badly last week. But they are looking for more out of tight end Kyle Rudolph and rookie Kadarius Toney, who combined for six receiving yards.
If you want to talk about which quarterback is more "dynamic," that decision would have to go to Jones, who can get some things done with his feet. The Washington defense is probably the best unit on the field on Thursday night, unless Barkley can break out in a big way.
But the Giants have had some success against this opponent, winning both meetings last year (something that kept them in the division race) and the last five overall. And from the technical side, they have, believe it or not, done well traveling, covering ten of their last 12 as a road underdog. So, a slight lean in the direction of "Big Blue."
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