The monstrosity that is the NFC East continues this week with a matchup featuring the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. What is there to make of this division? Is there a way for no team from this division to get a playoff spot? Even worse the winner is going to get a home playoff game. The division goes as follows: Giants 5-5, Redskins 4-6, Eagles 4-7, and the 3-8 Cowboys. To add to these teams struggles, Tony Romo reinjured himself and is out again. Can you believe that the Reskins have a good chance of winning this division. A win today would put them into a tie with the Giants at 1st. Note that the Eagles and Cowboys already played on Thursday, both losers. Somehow the Redskins who may be the worst team in the division talent wise has a chance to take the lead. Poor Robert Griffin is falling deeper into irrelevancy on the Redskin scout team. Seriously, he was playing the role of Cam Newton on the scout team a couple weeks ago. RGIII is far removed from his days as looking like one of the next best things in the NFL. The knee injury changed everything. I do wonder if he didn’t suffer the brutal injury, would he be a different quarterback today? I will leave that question to you.
Colin Kaepernick has no blown out knee to blame on his decline. And now Andrew Luck is starting to show some wear. RGIII, Kaepernick, and Luck who all came into the NFL around the same time values are depreciating. However, I will be really careful to put Luck in the same category with Griffin and Kaepernick. I do feel like he’s going to come back from his injury and still be a productive quarterback even though that hasn’t been the case here in 2015. I am one of the poor saps that took Luck early in my fantasy draft. It hasn’t worked out so well for me there.
Eli Manning and the Giants have been as hot and cold as you’ll find in the NFL. They are a difficult team to get a good feel of. But if there is one team others don’t want to make the postseason from the NFC East it would be the Giants. They were hot and cold the season they took down the Patriots undefeated season in the Super Bowl. It would be quite remarkable if they could pull something off like that again in 2015. They can hold onto their lead in the NFC East with a win over the Skins this afternoon.
N.Y. Giants vs. Washington Redskins Betting Odds:
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Giants vs. Redskins Pick:
You aren’t going to find a game called a big game where one team is 5-5 and the other is 4-6. Except if you are the Giants and Redskins. The division is in play here as the GMen and Redskins vie for top honors in this dumpster fire. Kirk Cousins takes the spot under center for the Redskins again this week, as like his team, I don’t know what to make of him for the most part. I think he is a good backup quarterback in the NFL. I don’t feel like he should be a starter. He will have his moments and games, but not enough to garner special attention. Cousins will be up against the Giants defense, who are 31st in the NFL in total defense. Against the pass they are in fact dead last in the NFL at 32nd. I think the best game they had was that matchup against the Patriots. They may have blew their load in that one, though. The GMen are coming off a bye this past week.
Say what you will about the Giants this season, but forcing the Pats to win on a last second field goal was an impressive game for them. It is real hard going that far and end up losing, but perhaps the Giants can find some motivation from it. The Giants offense has been starting to play well lately, something I thought would have been much improved. I did have my doubts regarding the defense, and that has come true as well. Nevertheless, the Giants have averaged 33.5 points per game over the course of their last four matchups. The Redskins are 22nd in defense and allowing 25.3 points per game. Conversely, the Giants are allowing 25.3 points per game as well. I see the total as being a couple points two low in this game. In my opinion it should be 49. Thus, I am looking at a play on the OVER 47.
PICK: OVER 47 POINTS (-110)