The 10-5 New York Giants travel to Washington to take on the 8-6-1 Redskins in this week 17 Sunday afternoon matchup. New York has clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the Philadelphia Eagles last week 24-19. The loss snapped a 2 game win streak but Tampa Bay’s loss to New Orleans gave New York the Wild Card. Washington Defeated the Chicago Bears on the road last week 41-21 keeping their playoff hopes alive. Even with a victory over the Giants, the Redskins still need some help as a tie between the Packers and Lions would keep them out of the other Wild Card spot in the NFC.
Eli Manning really struggled last week as he finished with a quarterback rating of 49.8 while throwing a career high 63 passes against the Eagles. He completed 38 of those passes for 356 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown. His favorite target was Odell Beckham Jr. who had 11 catches for 150 yards. Victor Cruz also had a nice game with 8 receptions for 84 yards. They had success running the ball as the team gained 114 yards on 25 carries. Paul Perkins led the team with 68 yards on 15 carries. Defensively, they were able to force 1 turnover with an interception of Casren Wentz, and had 7 tackles for losses despite not having any sacks. They limited the Eagles to 118 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 30 carries. Over their last 5 games the Giants defense has allowed their opponents to average 15 points per game.
Kirk Cousins had an efficient game last week completing 18 of 29 passes for 270 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Desean Jackson who had 5 catches for 114 yards. Jackson’s status for this game is still up in the air due to a jaw injury he suffered late last week. They had major success running the ball gaining 208 yards on 35 carries which is an average of 5.9 yards per rush. Mack Brown led the team with 82 yards and a touchdown on 8 carries. Defensively, they were able to intercept Matt Barkley 5 times and sack him once for a loss of 5 yards. They had trouble against the run as Chicago gained 140 yards on 26 carries which is an average of 5.4 yards per rush. Over their last 5 games, the Redskins have allowed their opponents to score an average of 26 points per game.
New York has gone 7-6-2 against the spread this season including 3-3-1 on the road. The Redskins have gone 10-5 against the spread including 4-3 at home. With home field advantage and the Giants already clinching the wild card, Washington is an 8 point favorite in this game. The Redskins need this victory to make the playoffs and the Giants might rest some of their starters to keep them fresh for the playoffs.
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