The early Sunday portion of the NFL Week 4 slate features eight games, each of which have their own merits. Our attention is drawn to a meeting at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey of two NFC East teams that appear to be heading in opposite directions.
The Washington Redskins, fresh off of an embarrassing home loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, will hit the road to take on the New York Giants. The hosts are riding high off of a thrilling road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers behind new starter Daniel Jones.
For the Redskins, seats are beginning to get warm in the nation’s capital. Signs of improvement are needed quickly to turn the temperature back down. We’ll see if the team can make that happen on Sunday. Let’s begin our detailed preview by taking a look at what the oddsmakers have to say.
Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants, 1:00 PM EST, Sun. Sept.29, FOX
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On Monday night, the Redskins welcomed the Bears to town. The visitors took ownership of the joint shortly after kickoff. Chicago opened the scoring up with a 37-yard pick six from HaHa Clinton-Dix. They ran the score up to 28-0 before halftime and cruised to a 31-15 win. Washington committed an alarming five turnovers in the game and looked out of sorts all night.
The Giants were in Tampa Bay on Sunday. This was the first start for rookie Daniel Jones, who has taken the starting gig from Eli Manning. He went out and delivered one of the most impressive performances from a rookie signal caller in recent memory. Jones accounted for four total scores and led what turned out to the game-winning drive with minutes left as New York exited with a 32-31 win.
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Washington opened up the year on the road in Philadelphia. They were big underdogs to the Eagles at kickoff, but they didn’t play that way while racing out to a 17-0 lead. The hosts woke up and took control from that point, winning by a score of 32-27. In Week 2, the team was in Dallas dropping a 31-21 decision to the Cowboys. The Redskins showed some life in these two losses, but it wasn’t enough.
New York also opened up the year with two consecutive losses. They were in Dallas in the opener and were completely outmatched, losing the game by a score of 35-17. The following week, they were home to play host to the Buffalo Bills. It was more of the same. The team was out of sync and inefficient, ultimately falling by a score of 27-14. Jones was named starter in the run-up to the Buccaneers game.
Outside of the dreadful performance versus the Bears, the offense hasn’t been completely terrible for the Redskins. That said, the team clearly has some problems with the running game. The defense has some pieces in place, but they can quickly get overwhelmed when more powerful opponents get rolling. That has happened in each of the team’s three games.
Case Keenum has been behind center while rookie Dwayne Haskins gets up to speed. Keenum is a serviceable veteran who performed well for the Minnesota Vikings a couple of years back, but he looked like a horror show versus the Bears. The Washington backfield is averaging an anemic 2.8 yards per carry. Rookie wideout Terry McLaurin has been a bright spot with a line of 16/257/3 thus far.
The move from Manning to Jones wasn’t completely unexpected at some point this season, but the timeline was accelerated when the team underperformed in its first two games of the year. While it’s only one game, the rookie did seem to provide a spark for the team as a whole. On the day, Jones completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 336 yards and two scores.
He added two scores on the ground for good measure. The team will be without the services of Saquon Barkley for a few weeks with a high ankle sprain. Wayne Gallman is slated to see the bulk of the carries this week. Evan Engram paces the pass catchers with 23 receptions for 277 yards and two scores. There remains plenty of work to do on defense, especially in the secondary.
New York leads the all-time series over Washington by a margin of 101-69-4. The teams split two games last season with the visitors winning each time. They also split in 2017, but the home teams got the victory in both of those contests.
So far this season, the Redskins are 1-2 against the spread and 3-0 on totals. The Giants are 1-2 ATS and
2-1 on the Over/Under. Last season, Washington was 7-9 overall, 9-7 ATS, and 7-9 on totals. New York was 5-11 straight-up, 8-7-1 ATS, and 9-7 on totals.
Since 2016, the Redskins are 7-11 as road underdogs and 11-7 ATS. The Giants are 6-4 as home favorites over that span and 3-6-1 ATS.
Monday night’s loss to the Bears was beyond ugly for the Redskins. The team showed something in a Week 1 loss to the Eagles and followed that up by at least keeping it respectable in a defeat to the Cowboys the following week. Signs of life are imperative this week or it’s poised to get ugly in the nation’s capital.
The Giants got the spark they were looking for from Jones last week. The honeymoon period takes a time out as soon as the ball is kicked off on Sunday, so we’ll see what he can do for an encore. Even if we assume the offense is going to perform better with him behind center, that doesn’t overshadow the team’s struggles on defense.
The Redskins should deliver a better effort this time around after a week of listening to how awful they looked last time out. That should be enough to keep it interesting, but the Giants are in a good spot to ride the momentum of last week’s big win. New York wins and covers.