Line: Giants -4

The 1-1 Redskins will travel to New York to take on the 0-2 Giants in this week three matchup. The Redskins are coming off an impressive 24-10 win over the Rams while the Giants were beaten 24-20 at home by the Falcons. For the Giants, this was their second loss in a row where they were leading in the 4th quarter by at least 10 points. They were leading 20-10 entering the 4th quarter but were held scoreless while giving up 2 touchdowns. The Redskins looked very impressive on both sides of the ball but especially on defense. They shut the Rams out in the first half, which is the first time they held an opponent scoreless in the first half since October of 2011.

Defensively, the Redskins only allowed the Rams to score 10 points when the week prior, they put up 34 points against the Seahawks. The Rams could only muster 67 yards rushing and 213 yards total. Offensively they were just as efficient with Kirk Cousins completing 23 of 27 passes and a touchdown. They were able to rush for 182 yards with rookie running back Matt Jones racking up 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. This was the second week in a row the Redskins had a 100-yard rusher as Alfred Morris ran for 121 yards in week one. Washington’s defense has given up an average of 10 yards per game. Their week one loss to the Dolphins was the result of a 4th quarter punt return for a Miami touchdown.

The Giants are winless, however, the offense and the defense have played well enough to give the Giants a chance to win both games. Mental mistakes made by Eli Manning have contributed to the giants blowing 10 point 4th quarter leads in each game. Last week he threw for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns but took a key sack at the Atlanta 9 yard line, which led to a fumble. He completed passes to 8 different receivers including 7 to Odell Beckham who finished with 146 yards and touchdown. Defensively, they did a great job stopping the run while not being able to stop the Falcons passing attack. Atlanta was held to only 56 yards rushing but the Giants allowed Matt Ryan to throw for 363 yards.

After two games in the books, the Giants have only committed one turnover and the Redskins have only forced one. The Giants have yet to rush for 100 yards in a game and the Redskins had a player rush for 100 yards in each game. New York is tied for a league low of 3 offensive touchdowns. The Redskins loss to the Dolphins in week 1 was fueled by a 4th quarter punt return for a Miami touchdown. Besides that, Washington’s defense has given up an average of 10 points per game. The Giants are 4-0 in this Matchup since 2013 but will be without wide receiver Victor Cruz who is rehabbing due to an injury.

Pick: Redskins +4

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