Redskins vs Giants : The New York Giants opened the week as 1-point home underdogs against the Washington Redskins, and that has remained relatively steady, opening Saturday at +1 and +1.5 at most sportsbooks. Although most expert picked the Redskins, there were a few who were brave enough to pick the Giants.
How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 8 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:
Prior to the trades of cornerback Eli Apple and defensive tackle Damon Harrison, I had the Giants winning this game. However, combined with those trades and linebacker Alec Ogletree sitting this one out, I’m shifting my prediction over to the Redskins. The Giants continue to struggle offensively and have now gotten much less talented defensively.
Yes, I’m picking the Giants to win. Washington has a stout front seven on defense and Big Blue’s offensive line will have another tough day, but they won’t need a lot of points to win this one. The Skins’ offense isn’t that dynamic and they are missing several key receivers and Adrian Peterson is only averaging 63 yards per game in his career against the Blue (five games) and they will stop him again Sunday. The Giants defense will have a chip on its shoulder after the Snacks and Apple trades. That will lead the Giants to a much-needed, long-awaited victory.
Last year, the Giants came into MetLife Stadium and ended their abysmal season on a high note with a win over Washington. But that was a different set of circumstances. It’s a totally different Redskins team, one who are in first place of the NFC East and one who are playing with a lot of confidence in themselves, especially after knocking off the Dallas Cowboys the way they did a week ago.
The Redskins use a lot of pressure to get after the quarterback, especially with Ryan Kerrigan. If the Giants can’t stop the blitz again, Eli Manning could be in some trouble, as the Redskins have shown they know how to get after it. Plus, they rank seventh in the NFL in defense, especially in points allowed, so it could be a long day for the Giants trying to score points.
This Washington team has beaten some really good opponents this year and flown under-the-radar despite many predicting them to finish last in the NFC East to open the year. Led by a strong run-stopping defense, the Redskins will certainly have their eye on Saquon Barkley. Barkley was disappointed in his performance last week as he fell short of 100 all purpose yards for the first time in his career, so I expect him to come out with some extra motivation. If the Giants are going to win, they are likely going to have to do it through the air, where they showed some flashes last week when Eli Manning had time. After trading away Eli Apple and Damon Harrison, I also expect the defense to come out fired up against a division rival.
With Snacks and Eli Apple gone, the Redskins offense should find it easy to move the ball down the field, especially when running between the tackles. The Giants offense could have a solid day, but it likely won’t be enough to end their losing streak.