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Giants vs Washington Picks Week 2 For Thursday Night Football

Giants vs Washington Picks Week 2 For Thursday Night Football
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NFC East rivals aiming to bounce back after disappointing Week 1 results face off on Thursday Night Football, when Antonio Gibson and Washington host Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants.

Washington failed to take advantage of opportunities in a 20-16 home loss to the Chargers, while the Giants couldn’t muster much against the Broncos in a 27-13 defeat. Sportsbooks have installed Washington as the favorite on Thursday, with betting sites and sports betting apps fluctuating between -3.5 and -4 against the spread.


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Giants vs. Washington Key Matchups

Saquon Barkley vs. Washington Run Defense: Washington had one of the NFL’s top defenses last year, but it was merely average against the run. The Chargers didn’t run much on it in Week 1 because Justin Herbert was having so much success passing.

Giants O-line vs. Washington D-line: The Giants were believed to have one of the NFL’s worst up-front units, and Barkley could only muster 26 yards on 10 carries with a long of five yards. Washington allowed just 3.1 yards per carry in Week 1 vs. Austin Ekeler and the Chargers.

Taylor Heinicke vs. Giants Pass Defense: Heinicke was solid in his time on the field vs. a defense that hadn’t gameplanned for him (11-of-15, 122 yards). We remember his nearly-heroic effort in the playoffs last year. But now a defense gets a full week to prep.

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5 Key Giants vs. Washington Stats

2.6: The yards per carry in Week 1 for Barkley, nearly a year removed from a torn ACL suffered in Week 2 of 2020. Barkley averages 4.7 yards per carry over his career.

5: Consecutive wins by the Giants over Washington, including season sweeps each of the last two years. The last three games have been decided by a total of 10 points.

34: Total pass attempts in two seasons (and two starts) for Taylor Heinicke, who will start in Week 2 in place of the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. Washington has relied on the ground game in his two starts.

100: The percentage of games Antonio Gibson has rushed for over 100 yards when he gets 20 carries in a game. It happened in Week 1 vs. the Chargers, and he got 20 carries twice last season (for 128 and 115 yards).

340: Days from Thursday Night Football since the last time the Giants scored more than 23 points in a game.


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Giants vs. Washington Player Props To Consider

Kenny Golladay or Sterling Shepard, To Score A TD

Odds: +100 at FOX Bet

As the run game fizzled in Week 1, Daniel Jones relied mostly on his top two receivers. Shepard and Golladay combined for 15 targets and 11 receptions for 177 yards and one TD. Washington got roughed up by the Chargers starting two WRs for 17 receptions last Sunday. Golladay and/or Shepard are due for a big night.

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Kenny Golladay, Over 49.5 Receiving Yards

Odds: -115 at BetMGM

Golladay had four receptions for 64 yards, hitting 16 yards per catch, on par with his usual numbers despite a “rusty” relationship with Daniel Jones. Oddsmakers are projecting a significant drop-off, but Golladay’s big-play potential gives him the edge over Shepard in this prop.

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Longest Field Goal – Giants

Odds: -115 at DraftKings

Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins is not a long-range bomber. In his six-plus year career, he’s only 13-of-26 from 50 yards or more. He’s only somewhat reliable inside that distance, but last year and one week into this season, he’s 2-for-5 from 50-plus. Then there’s Graham Gano. He’s 25-of-41 from 50-plus over his career, including 8-of-18 since 2018. Inside 50 yards? He has one miss since 2016. In a game where defenses have the advantage, “field goal range” will be stretched. Gano gets the big nod.

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Giants vs. Washington Weather Forecast

Scattered thunderstorms are expected later in the day in the nation’s capital, but by kickoff they are expected to have pushed out of the area. Cloudy with temperatures in the 70s are in the forecast; a solid scenario for Washington fans and a non-factor for bettors of either side.

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Giants vs. Washington Moneyline

Picking a winner isn’t always easy in the NFL, but finding value on a moneyline side can be. Both Washington and New York had similar Week 1 experiences – each team’s defense gave up a lot of yards but not a ton of points, and each had an uninspiring offensive attack.

Washington is -190 with BetMGM on the moneyline as the home favorite (wager $190 to win $100 in profit), while New York is +175 (wager $100 to win $175 profit). The question marks surrounding Heinicke at QB for Washington keep me from considering a moneyline bet around -200. The Giants show value, but it would be wise to treat them as a “see it to believe it” team. They’ve been far worse in real life than on paper.

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Giants vs. Washington Point Spread

NFL spreads just over three points can be a risky proposition. Washington is favored with the spread at -3.5 or -4 points, depending on the sportsbook. Defense is the reason – or at least defensive expectations. Washington’s D was assaulted through the air by Herbert (337 yards). In addition, New York’s offense fizzled with Barkley a non-factor.

Taking the points might be a consideration here. Fitzpatrick’s absence means the offense is now in the hands of Heinicke, who passed for 122 yards on Sunday. Barkley should continue rounding into form, too. If you’re going to choose a side, the Giants is the better one. Overall, however, there are better places to put your money for NFL picks on Thursday. You can get the Giants +4 at FanDuel.

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Giants vs. Washington Totals

The Over/Under for Thursday Night Football is 41 points, the lowest total of all NFL Week 2 games. The line dropped two full points from Sunday evening to Monday afternoon.

The reason for the low total makes sense. Washington’s defense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in yards allowed last year and New York had a top-10 unit, too. Conversely, the offense for each is below average and showed little signs of improvement in Week 1, scoring a combined 29 points.

With Washington’s QB situation in flux and Barkley yet to reach 100 percent, the defenses for both sides have a clear advantage. It’s worth a small play on your NFL betting lineup for Week 2. Take the bet at -110 with DraftKings.

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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com.