Somehow the Washington Redskins have stayed in the playoff hunt and have a shot as they enter the final game of their regular season. And the scenario is pretty simple for the Redskins, win and they’re in – unless of course the Packers/Lions game ends in a tie later on in the day. But we’ve had far too many ties this season in the NFL, and really what are the chances of another occurring?
Standing in Washington’s way will be their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants. The G-Men have already clinched their post-season berth as the top wild-card team and will surely be focused much more on their potential opponent next week. It’s rumoured that Giants’ starters will be seeing some action, but you have to wonder just how much they will see in a basically meaningless game for them. For the ‘Skins, it’s crazy that they’re still in this spot given how wildly inconsistent they have been all season long. After getting crushed a couple weeks back on Monday Night Football by the lowly Panthers, here they are. It’s a big spot for a franchise that has fallen on hard times of late, and can they seize the opportunity? Read on below for a full game breakdown, analysis, and an official betting selection for Redskins and Giants.
Giants vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
New York Giants +7.5 (-120)
@ Washington Redskins -7.5 (+100)
Over 46 (-110)
Under 46 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Redskins Pick:
Eli Manning has an impressive consecutive starts-made streak on the line, so it is expected that he’ll suit up and take the field for some snaps, but beyond that the starters for the Giants will be quite limited. Odell Beckham Jr. likely also won’t play much, if at all – a big boost for the Redskins’ post-season chances. Josh Johnson is the current back-up for the Giants and he is expected to play the bulk of this game. Johnson has been a former starter in the league and can be effective when using his legs to move the chains. There are definitely elements of his game that may give the Redskins’ defense some trouble on Sunday. Washington’s defense has let them down many times this season, and there will certainly be some iffy moments on Sunday afternoon.
Kirk Cousins has been wildly inconsistent for his Redskins team, but he seems to be trending upward at exactly the right moment. He dominated the Bears last week and should be able to find some success against a Giants’ stop unit comprised of mostly second-teamers. Janoris Jenkins is likely out and the same would go for many of their others stars on this side of the football. In a Week 17 situation, Cousins should find success and although the pressure is squarely on the ‘Skins and his team, Washington should be able to put points on the board as that hasn’t really been an issue with this squad.
This is a tough game to fully delve into as the motivation is super high with the ‘Skins and it’s a meaningless affair for New York. As a result, the spread is inflated, but it’s basically moved to the point of being over-inflated. The Giants still possess a solid QB in Josh Johnson and many of the back-ups will treat this game as their tryouts for the future of their careers and their de-facto ‘Super Bowl’ even. While I do think Washington does enough to get the victory to qualify for the playoffs, this spread is a tad high for a team that has shown so many defensive weaknesses. I think the Giants will make things difficult for their long-time rivals on Sunday afternoon.
PICK = Giants +7.5 (-120)