Saquon Barkley and the Giants will make the short trip to Washington to face the Washington Football Team. This will not be an easy task, as Chase Young and the team are ready to bounce back after their week one loss to the Chargers.
|Game: New York Giants (0-1) at Washington Football Team (0-1)
Location: FedEx Field
Date: Thursday, September 16
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Television: NFL Network
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Thursday will mark the first meeting of two between the Giants and Washington Football Team in 2021. Last season, the Giants swept Washington in both NFC East matchups. The first game of the season was on October 18, when Washington fell by one point at MetLife Stadium.
Three games later, the Giants marched into FedEx Field and pulled off another narrow victory by a score of 23-20. Joe Judge is undefeated against Washington, but his team will be underdogs on Thursday according to the BetUS Sportsbook.
New York Giants
Next game: vs. Falcons
The New York Giants faced the Broncos last season and were defeated by 27-13. New York was not expected to win, and this came to fruition due to their lackluster protection. Saquon Barkley did play in the opener, but his presence did not give New York any advantage.
The Giants did not cover the spread, and the contest stayed under the total of 42 points. This was the lowest total on the board for the week one slate, according to the BETUS Sportsbook.
The Giants’ primary injury is Evan Engram, who did not participate in practice on Monday with a calf injury. It’s unlikely he will be in pads on Thursday. Additionally, Barkley’s participation has been limited, but he will play against Washington this week.
Washington Football Team
Next game: at Bills
The Washington Football Team hosted the Los Angeles Chargers in week one. The team’s ruthless front seven was nearly nonexistent, allowing the Chargers offense to wear down the unit.
The Chargers were 14 of 19 on third downs, and Chase Young only recorded one solo tackle with no sacks. Washington will not win games if the defensive leader puts up these numbers moving forward. The team did not cover, and the game stayed under the total.
Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will miss six to eight weeks with a hip injury. This will give Taylor Heinicke the start on Thursday evening. Heinicke came into the game and played well for Washington against Los Angeles.
“It’s the nature of the game,” Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera said. “Unfortunately it’s happened more than it needs to have in the last season and a game. I hope we get a streak where we keep guys on the field for a long time and benefit from their abilities.”
Betting on the Game
NFL picks against the spread are great for Thursday night football. The Washington Football Team is favored in this matchup, which is fair. Ryan Fitzpatrick did not show any signs of magic last weekend before his major injury, and he has been inconsistent over the past few years. Taylor Heinicke adds a new dimension to the offense, and he proved that he is worthy of a starting job last weekend.
Heinicke entered the game after Fitzpatrick was injured on Sunday and went 11 of 15 for 122 yards and one touchdown. Fitzpatrick was just three of six for 13 yards in his time on the field. The line opened with Washington as a 3½-point favorite at home.
It’s worth waiting to see if it drops to three before locking in a wager. It’s doubtful that things will change because there are very few unknowns in the game. Heinicke is making the start, and Barkley will play for New York.
One problem for the Giants is that the offensive line cannot protect Daniel Jones. This issue was on display throughout the preseason, and it carried into week one against the Broncos. Jones was only sacked twice, but he was pressured throughout the day. Barkley’s injury did not help this fact because Los Angeles could focus on the pass.
Washington’s front seven did not play well in the opener, but they should bounce back in Week 2. Young only recording one solo tackle is rare considering he is one of the most explosive players in the game.
Washington winning the trenches will make the difference in the game, allowing the team to cover the 3½. If Heinicke plays like he did last week, Washington will cover with ease on Thursday night.
Washington has more value on the spread than the money line. The team should win the game, but if they play well, they will cover. At -200, do not waste your time unless you include it in a parlay.
The Giants at +170 has good value for an upset pick. Yet, if they cannot protect Jones and run the ball efficiently, they will not have a good night at FedEx Field. The Giants could get off to a hot start and stun Washington, so if you like New York, take them on the halftime moneyline.
Both teams went under in the first week of the season, and you can expect a similar trajectory in this contest. The under at the half and at the end of the game is a safe wager because of the lackluster offenses.
New York will struggle to score against Washington. Additionally, Washington is a team that wins with defense, so Heinicke should not light up the scoreboard either. If you are looking to bet online, the under looks promising in all aspects of this game.