New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones scrambles with the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Nov. 8, 2020, in Landover, Md. Daniel Jones is looking to stay undefeated in his career against Washington when he leads the New York Giants into the NFC East matchup on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. The sixth pick in 2019 is 4-0 against Washington and 4-19 against the rest of the NFL. (AP Photo/Al Drago, file)
- The Washington Football Team are 3-point home favorites over the New York Giants in an NFL East showdown slated for Week 2 of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football showcase
- TNF Betting Record: 0-0 ML; 0-1 ATS; 0-0 O/U; -1 unit
- Taylor Heinicke will start at QB for Washington following an injury to starter Ryan Fitzpatrick
One game into the NFL season, both the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants are facing questions. Both of these NFC East rivals lost their season openers. In the case of WFT, they also lost their starting quarterback.
Ryan Fitzpatrick went out with a hip injury as Washington lost 20-16 at home to the Los Angeles Chargers. Taylor Heinicke will get the start as these two NFC East rivals square off in the NFL’s weekly Thursday Night Football spotlight.
The Giants also dropped their opener at home to an AFC West squad. They fell 27-13 to the Denver Broncos.
It’s hometown Washington that’s being shown as the 3-point favorites for this tilt. Washington is 1-5 against the spread in the club’s last six games as a home favorite.
Giants vs Washington Odds
|New York Giants||+144||+3 (-102)||O 40.5 (-112)|
|Washington Football Team||-172||-3 (-120)||U 40.5 (-108)|
Odds as of September 15th at FanDuel
The kickoff is set for 8:20 pm ET at FedEx Field. Rain is in the forecast, along with 5 mph wind and a temperature of 77 degrees.
Incredibly Shrinking Total
The total on this game started out small . . . and then got even smaller. It was 42.5 points in the opening line. That was already the smallest total on the Week 2 NFL slate. Now it’s down to 40.5, no doubt due to Fitzpatrick’s injury.
— NFL (@NFL) September 13, 2021
The spread has also shortened significantly due to that reason. Washington opened as the 4.5-point chalk.
In terms of action, 88% of the bets placed against the spread are on the Football Team. The moneyline splits show 88% of the bets are also on the Football Team at -172 odds. As well, 58% of the public bets are on the over.
Taylor Made Opportunity
One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity. That’s the mantra football coaches like to preach when a key player is lost to injury.
Chase Young has all the faith in the world in Taylor Heinicke. 👊 pic.twitter.com/3llclnz7wC
— theScore (@theScore) September 15, 2021
Heinicke and Fitzpatrick staged a heated preseason battle for the #1 QB job. The best QB in St Louis Battlehawks history, it was Heinicke who started for Washington in last season’s 31-23 NFC Wild Card playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Washington’s offense tends to be even more conservative with Heinicke at the helm. He completed 7-of-11 for just 122 yards and one TD in the loss to the Chargers. His completion percentage was 73.3 and his passer rating 119.3.
Starting tight end Evan Engram (calf) and left guard Shane Lemieux (knee) have both been ruled out by the Giants. Running back Saquon Barkley (knee) is listed as questionable. He was limited all week during practice. Barkley carried the ball 10 times and was on the field for 28 snaps in the loss to Denver.
The #Giants ruled out TE Evan Engram with a calf injury, as he’ll miss his second straight game.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2021
For Washington, beyond Fitzpatrick, they list no injuries. Running back Antonio Gibson (shoulder) has been cleared to play. He was held out of practice on Tuesday for what the team called maintenance reasons.
Both teams are 4-5 all-time on TNF. The first game they ever played as part of the series was against each other. The Giants beat Washington 34-28 on December 30, 2006.
Focused on Thursday night pic.twitter.com/Py6i9f5SmX
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 14, 2021
New York has won five in a row straight up from Washington. The Giants are also 4-1 SU in the past five games played at Washington and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings with the Football Team. Giants QB Daniel Jones is a perfect 4-0 SU when facing the Football Team.
Get All Over the Under
Washington is the NFL’s 30th-ranked offense. The Giants come in at #31. The Football Team will take the field as the league’s #25 passing attack, while New York’s football Giants settle in at #29.
Taylor Heinicke is enjoying himself. Shovel pass to McLaurin for a nice gain after a penalty pic.twitter.com/1XNuN8L3yd
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) September 12, 2021
At least New York can run the ball a little bit. The Giants rate 19th in rushing. Washington is #26. Defensively, the Football Team is #2 in the NFL and New York #12.
The total has gone under in eight of the Giants’ last eight games. In six of Washington’s last seven games, the total has also gone under.
This game has a 13-7 final written all over it.
Best Bet: Under 40.5 points (-108), 1 unit
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.