Considering the proud histories of both franchises, it is hard to believe that once since 1991 have both the New York Giants and Washington Football Team qualified for the playoffs in the same season.
That streak won’t be ending this season as both teams are already eliminated. The only streak still going is consecutive losing seasons and both teams are at five.
It could have been much different as Washington is 5-4 in one-score games and has lost four straight games overall. The Giants are 3-3 in games decided by seven points or less and take a five-game losing streak into the season finale. New York has lost those five games by an average of 18.4 points per game.
This is one of two Week 18 games where both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs.
Six different players have thrown passes for the Giants and receiver Dante Pettis has the best passer rating as he completed his lone pass for a 16-yard gain. Four different Washington quarterbacks have attempted passes this season.
Washington (+375) and New York (+500) were given the longest odds to win the NFC East shortly after the 2020 season came to an end and those odds proved to be accurate.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s at kickoff.
- Game: Washington (6-10) at New York Giants (4-12)
- Location: MetLife Stadium
- Day/Time: Sunday, January 9, 1 p.m. ET
- Television: FOX
Washington Football Team vs Giants Betting Lines
|Washington||-3 (-120)||-165||40½ (-110o)|
|NY Giants||+3 (even)||+145||40½ (-110u)|
Washington Football Team vs Giants Head-to-Head
The Washington Football Team was listed by the NFL picks against the spread as four-point favorites against the visiting New York Giants when the teams played on September 16.
In a game featuring seven lead changes, it was a field goal by Dustin Hopkins as time expired to give Washington the 30-29 win. Hopkins missed his field-goal attempt but a penalty on the Giants gave him a second chance and he connected this time as Washington snapped a five-game losing streak against the Giants. It was the fifth time in the last six meetings when Washington failed to cover.
A field goal by Hopkins with 8:36 remaining sent the game over the 41½-point total.
Washington Football Team
Next game: Season is over
The Washington Football Team was listed by the Las Vegas odds as six-point underdogs against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.
Jaret Patterson, playing because of multiple injuries at the running back position for the Washington Football Team, had a touchdown run on the opening drive and three Joey Slye field goals gave Washington a nine-point halftime lead.
Philadelphia held Washington scoreless in the second half. A Boston Scott scoring run and a pair of Jake Elliott field goals gave Philadelphia the 20-16. Although Washington covered in the first time in the last four meetings, Philadelphia was the real winner as the victory combined with a couple of other results clinched a playoff spot for the Eagles.
The game went under the 44½-point total.
Running back Antonio Gibson (toe), tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (concussion), offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles (knee) and Samuel Cosmi (hip), defensive back Landon Collins (foot), linebacker Khaleke Hudson (ankle) and defensive lineman James Smith-Williams (illness) are questionable. Receiver Curtis Samuel (hamstring) is doubtful.
The full WFT practice report:
WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring)
TE Ricky Seals-Jones (concussion)
OL Saahdiq Charles (knee)
DE Montez Sweat (personal)
RB Antonio Gibson (hip)
RT Sam Cosmi (hip)
DE James Smith-Williams (illness) https://t.co/xgYC6I8ilI
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 5, 2022
Defensive back Deshazor Everett is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Defensive back William Jackson (calf) is out. Running back J.D. McKissic (concussion), offensive linemen Tyler Larsen (Achilles), Wes Schweitzer (ankle) and Chase Roullier are on injured reserve.
New York Giants
Next game: Season is over
The visiting New York Giants were listed by the NFL betting lines as 6½-point underdogs against the Chicago Bears.
Graham Gano’s second-quarter field goal accounted for all of New York’s points as the Giants were held under 14 points for the sixth time in the last seven games.
The Giants turned the ball over on their first two possessions and both turnovers resulted in touchdown-scoring drives for Chicago which rolled to the 29-3 win. It was the fifth straight loss for the Giants and the fifth consecutive game when they failed to cover.
Even with a low total of 36½, the game finished under that number.
Running backs Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Cullen Gillaspia (knee), defensive lineman Austin Johnson (foot), receivers Kadarius Toney (shoulder), Collin Johnson (hamstring) and John Ross (knee), offensive linemen Will Hernandez (ankle), Andrew Thomas (shoulder) and Billy Price, as well as tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and linebacker Oshane Zimines (illness), are questionable.
Limited Participation in Practice
Among those limited in practice today for the Giants:
RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) G Will Hernandez (ankle), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), OL Andrew Thomas (shoulder) and WR Kadarius Toney (shoulder).
— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) January 5, 2022
Receiver Darius Slayton, offensive lineman Korey Cunningham, defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence and Danny Shelton are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Quarterback Mike Glennon (hand) is out. Running back Gary Brightwell (neck), quarterback Daniel Jones (neck), defensive backs Nate Ebner (ankle) and Darnay Holmes (ribs), offensive lineman Matt Peart (knee), receivers Dante Pettis (shoulder) and Sterling Shepard (Achilles) are on injured reserve.
Betting on the Game
New York is ahead of only the Houston Texans in total offense as the Giants have averaged just 294.2 yards per game and are also 29th in scoring offense. Washington is in the middle of the pack in both of those categories.
Washington receiver Terry McLaurin, despite spotty quarterback play, needs 40 yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the second season in a row.
The teams have combined to throw 33 interceptions so it could be a fun day for both defenses.
The total has gone under in eight of Washington’s last 11 games and in eight of New York’s last 10 games.
Washington has been held under 21 points in each of the last six games while New York has scored 10 points or less in six of the last seven games.
The total has gone under in 15 of the last 18 games between the teams when the Giants were the home team so those who bet online know where this game is trending.