Giants vs Washington: The Washington Football Team will take on the New York Giants in a key NFC East Division showdown on Thursday Night Football. Washington (0-1), which won the division a year ago with a 7-9 mark, is looking to reach the postseason for the second season in a row and advance for the first time since 2005. The Giants (0-1) last reached the postseason in 2016 and have not made a deep playoff run since winning Super Bowl XLVI in 2011. That year, the Giants defeated the Patriots, 21-17.
Kickoff from FedEx Field in Landover, Md., is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Washington is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Giants vs. Washington odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 40.5. Before locking in your Washington vs. Giants picks, check out the NFL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Giants vs. Washington on Thursday Night Football. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NFL odds and trends for Washington vs. Giants:
- Giants vs. Washington spread: Washington -3.5
- Giants vs. Washington over-under: 40.5 points
- Giants vs. Washington money line: New York +145, Washington -170
- NYG: Giants coach Joe Judge is 2-0 all-time against Washington
- WAS: WFT is plus-one on turnovers
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Why Washington can cover
Even though it lost the opener, Washington held a potent Los Angeles Chargers team to just 20 points. Defensive tackle Jonathan Allen had a sack to go along with three tackles, including one solo. Last season, he was the team’s fourth-leading tackler with 63, including 37 solo, and three tackles for loss. He has a sack in two of his three career Thursday Night Football games.
Another key ingredient to the defense is linebacker Cole Holcomb, who led Washington in tackles last week with 11, his fifth career game with 10 or more tackles. He is looking for his third game in a row against the Giants with a tackle for loss. Holcomb was the team’s third-leading tackler in 2020 with 72, including 45 solo. He also had 2.5 sacks for 19 yards, with seven tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one interception.
Why the Giants can cover
Like Washington, New York has a strong defense, which finished in the top half of the league statistically last season. Defensive back Logan Ryan led the Giants with 10 tackles, his fifth career double-digit tackle performance, and had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery last Sunday. He has five pass breakups, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack in three career games against Washington. He is looking for his third consecutive Thursday Night Game with a pass breakup.
Also powering the defense is linebacker Blake Martinez, who had nine tackles on Sunday and had 10 tackles and an interception in his last meeting with Washington. He is looking for his fifth game in a row against Washington with nine or more tackles. Martinez led the Giants in tackles in 2020 with 151, including 86 solo, including three sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
How to make Washington vs. Giants picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 40 points. It also says one side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations.