The final game of Thanksgiving Thursday features two struggling teams but longtime rivals, as the New York Giants travel to Washington to take on the Redskins.
Both of these squads will enter this all-NFC East divisional clash in drastically different moods. The Giants are coming off of an impressive win last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was an improbable upset, but it remains to be seen if Ben McAdoo’s squad can keep it going. Everyone knows the G-Men are simply playing for pride down the stretch, and it will be intriguing watching them go up against what is sure to be a frustrated Redskins squad.
The Redskins will certainly enter an angry bunch. They badly blew a huge lead last week in New Orleans – a sure win that would have greatly enhanced their slim playoff chances. Now at 4-6 entering Week 12, you can bet they’d like to take their frustrations out on the lowly G-Men in front of their home crowd. This remains a solid offensive team, but one that ultimately struggles to close opponents out. How will they respond following last week’s collapse? Read on below for full game analysis and a betting prediction to end your Thanksgiving Day of football action off on a winning note.
Giants vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
New York Giants +7 (-105)
@ Washington Redskins -7 (-115)
Over 44.5 (-110)
Under 44.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Redskins Pick:
Though it was nice to see the Giants finally step up and actually try as professional athletes – I highly doubt they are going to be able to match that intensity in back-to-back weeks. Last week’s big upset victory against Kansas City was virtually their Super Bowl win, and facing an angry Redskins squad will not be easy here in Week 12.
Kirk Cousins has a huge match-up advantage against New York’s depleted defensive group. Washington’s offensive line is healthy once again and should be able to give the Redskins’ QB some solid coverage and space from the pocket. Downfield, New York has virtually no solid guys in coverage and Washington will have a huge advantage in this regard. New York’s linebacking crew is awful and Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis should definitely exploit this. Samjae Perine should also enjoy some success running behind this solid offensive line.
One offensive line that is not in good shape is New York’s. It is a mess right now and expect the Washington pass rush to take advantage of this with regularity on Thursday night. Ryan Kerrigan especially should have a field day and be all over Eli Manning in this one. He’ll be forced into many hurried situations and need to rely mostly on quick passes. Orleans Darkwa has been a revelation of late running out of the Giants’ backfield, but I’d expect him to be neutralized by Washington getting out to a big lead early and being forced to throw the ball more frequently.
The Giants won’t be putting together consecutive solid outings, and the Redskins have to be fuming after last week. Washington is basically in a must-win scenario already and realize that if they do drop this game to the lowly Giants, they’ll be all but eliminated from playoff contention. I’m expecting a motivated Redskins team to basically wipe the floor with the Giants. They are better in every area, and should be excited to prove this on Thanksgiving night.
PICK = Redskins -7 (-115)