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The Washington Redskins will be desperate to stop a three-game losing streak when they host the New York Giants at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon. Washington has given up its lead in the NFC East with consecutive setbacks against Houston, Dallas, and Philadelphia. The Giants are 3-1 in their last four outings from completely out of nowhere and they are coming off a Week 13 upset of Chicago.
Turning things around
The first installment of this NFC East rivalry showdown came in Week 8, when New York had home-field advantage but still went down to the Redskins 20-13. Needless to say, a lot has changed since that point in time. The Giants are not going to the playoffs while Washington remains in contention, but momentum is firmly with the former. New York has won three of its last four contests, surging from a 1-7 mark to a much more respectable–but still bad–record of 4-8. Rookie running back Saquon Barkley, who rushed for a mere 38 yards on 13 carries in Week 8, has reached the 100-yard mark in three of the last four outings. Much-maligned veteran quarterback Eli Manning, who is actually completing a career-best 67.9 percent of his passes, has gone 81-for-121 with 886 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions during this four-game hot stretch. An offensive line that surrendered 31 sacks in the first eight games has improved dramatically over the past month.
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— New York Giants (@Giants) December 6, 2018
“Just try to get some good looks, and we’ll see how they play–whether they’ll want to get the safeties in the box or play a little bit more two-high (coverage), and kind of protect their secondary,” Manning said of his team’s plan of attack for the Washington defense. “We just got to have a good mix of the run, the play-action. Just get completions, move the ball, and stay out of third-and-long.”
Once 6-3, Washington is now looking up at Dallas in the NFC East. Injuries are part of the game for every team in the NFL, but the Redskins have been hit especially hard–and at especially crucial positions. That is part of the reason why they have lost three in a row to put their division and wild-card hopes in jeopardy. Quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy are both out for the season with broken legs, the latter suffering his injury during last Sunday’s 28-13 setback at Philadelphia.
Offensive linemen Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, and Shawn Lauvao along with receiver Paul Richardson are also done for the year. Playing behind a patchwork offensive line will be Mark Sanchez, who hopes to resurrect a team that is 1-4 in its last five contests with three of those four losses coming by at least two touchdowns. In his first action of the 2018 campaign, Sanchez completed 13 of 21 passes for 100 yards with no touchdowns and one interception after McCoy went down against the Eagles.
“I was with Mark Sanchez for more than a year, so he’s very capable of leading a team to victory,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said. “They’re going to try to do what Mark can do best and try to play to the strengths of their team. I know they’ve got probably a soon-to-be Hall of Fame running back (Adrian Peterson), so you can just connect the dots and see what they’ll probably do on offense to compensate for some of the injuries they have.”
The Washington Redskins are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last five home games
- 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against teams with losing road records
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss
The New York Giants are:
- 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games following a win
- 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS win
- 4-1 Under in their last five games against the NFC East
Updated on Dec 9 at 2:05am EST
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Line in this one has flipped. The Skins opened up at -1, but now they are +3. That is pretty consistent with the fact that that the Giants have gotten 70% of the tickets so far. Some Sharp mone may be aiding the move.
Injury / Weather Report
No Weather Issues Are Expected
New York’s Injury Report
LB B.J. Goodson (39 Tackles, Two INTs) is questionable.
Washington’s Impact Injury Report
Center Tony Bergstrom (Seven Starts) and Backup QB Colt McCoy are both out.
DE Matthew Ioannidis (29 Tackles, 7.5 Sacks), WR Josh Doctson (385 Yards, Two TDs), and Chase Roullier (12 Starts) are all questionable
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
What does the Redskins’ QB quandary mean? Well, expect Sanchez to hand the ball off early and often to Peterson. New York’s run defense is far from good, 24th in the NFL in that department at 124.9 yards per game allowed. Regardless of Washington’s quarterback situation, getting more than a field goal at home against a 4-8 opponent is tough to pass up. It is worth noting that the underdog is 11-5 ATS in the last six meetings between the two teams.
Prediction: Washington Redskins
Full-Game Total Pick
There is no secret what Washington is going to do on offense, and the Giants will be ready. Meanwhile, New York’s offense has been more effective of late but that is not saying a lot–not at all. Manning is playing conservative football, to the extent that he trails Odell Beckham Jr. of all people 2-0 in TD passes of 40 yards or more this season! The under is 4-1 in the Giants’ last five against the NFC East, 5-1 in their last six following a win, and 7-3 in their last 10 in December. It is also 11-5 in the Redskins’ last 16 overall, 5-2 in their last seven against the NFC, 4-1 in their last five against the NFC East, and 7-1 in their last eight against losing opponents. Additionally, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the two teams and 5-1 in New York’s last six trips to Washington. Look for this one to stay under the total.