2014 NFL Week 15 - Giants vs. Redskins Betting Odds Preview

Line: Giants -6.5

The 3-10 Washington Redskins travel to New York this week to take on the 4-9 Giants and while neither team is headed to the playoffs, the Giants enter this contest coming off an impressive road win while the Redskins were embarrassed at home. The Giants won 36-7 in Tennessee last week looking good on both the offensive and defensive sides of the football. The Redskins were shut out 24-0 at home by the St. Louis Rams. To add injury to insult, the Redskins aren’t sure who their starting quarterback will be and Desean Jackson’s status remains questionable as he tries to come back from a shin injury suffered in week 13. Washington’s troubles are not solely limited to the offense as their defense has given up 73 points in the previous 2 games.

The Giants offense has gotten back on track as of late as they are averaging 30 points per game over their last 3 while being led by 2 rookies. Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has flourished into a legitimate superstar averaging 122 receiving yards while scoring 3 touchdowns the past 3 weeks. Last week rookie running back Andre Williams rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown. The Giants defense also played great last week by shutting out the Titans offense and causing them to commit 3 turnovers. The Titans only score was on a returned interception against Eli Manning. Although they only have 1 win in their last 4, all 3 losses have been by a combined 10 points and they could have just as easily went 3-1 or 4-0.

In The Redskins last 4 games which have all been losses, they have been outscored 117 to 47. Colt McCoy was breathing life into the offense until last week but the offensive line just couldn’t give him enough time create scoring opportunities. He was sacked 6 times last week with the last one causing injury to his neck which caused him to have to leave the game. Robert Griffin III replaced him with 2 minutes to go in the game and he was sacked making the total 7 for the game. The Redskins still aren’t sure who will be the quarterback but it might not matter if the offensive line cannot protect them. Their defense has struggled mightily too by allowing their last 2 opponents to gain an average of 420 yards per game while averaging over 35 points. The Redskins only have 1 road win all year and already got beat handily by the Giants in week 4 in Washington 45-14 who played the game without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Although their records are both terrible, the Giants are a better football team than their 4-9 record suggests while the Redskins look everything like a 3-10 team. The Giants fans will be pumped up for this division rivalry game and the team has too many established players at key positions not to be able to beat the Redskins at home by a touchdown

Pick: Giants -6.5

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