Washington Looks To Split the Season Series Against the Rival Giants
Buckle up for one of those unforgettable Tommy DeVito and Sam Howell quarterback matchups when longtime division rivals get together. The Giants vs Commanders odds have the host Commanders as nine-point favorites.
The Giants won the first meeting of the season between the teams and are looking to sweep the regular-season series for the first time since 2020.
With seven NFC teams having winning records, time is running short for the 4-6 Commanders and especially the 2-8 Giants to remain in contention for a postseason berth. A quick peek at the NFC East standings shows Washington is 4.5 games behind first-place Philadelphia, with the Giants 6.5 games out of first place.
The Giants are just 1-5 on the road this season, while Washington is 1-3 at home.
When looking at the NFL injuries, rookie cornerback Deonte Banks, leading rusher Saquon Barkley, offensive lineman Mark Glowinski, receivers Wan’Dale Robinson and Jalin Hyatt, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, defensive back Adoree Jackson and edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux are all questionable for the Giants.
For Washington, running back Antonio Gibson, receiver Curtis Samuel, and defensive end James Smith-Williams are questionable.
Washington’s odds to win the NFC East title have gone from +1200 to +15000 since the start of the season, with the division-winning odds for the Giants moving from +800 to +50000.
Day/Time: Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Line: Washington -9 | Total: 37
No Passing Fancy for the New York Football Giants
It’s hard to suggest that the Giants haven’t been consistent. Out of 32 NFL teams, the Giants are 32nd in points per game (11.8), yards per game (259.2), and passing yards per game (145.6).
It could get worse before it gets better, with undrafted rookie free agent Tommy DeVito taking over as the starting quarterback for the injured Daniel Jones.
The Giants have trailed 28-0 and 24-0 at halftime in its last two games, and that is certainly not a winning formula. Keep that in mind when looking at the Giants vs Commanders odds.
The Giants are 2-8-1 against the NFL picks against the spread in their last 11 games.
Howell Airing It Out
So, how many people out there had Washington’s second-year quarterback Sam Howell leading in passing yards heading into NFL Week 11?
Howell has three straight 300-yard games and he is certainly getting the chance to make plays in the passing game with more than 40 passing attempts in six of the last seven games. That could factor into the Giants vs Commanders odds.
He has been spreading it around with his receivers and tight ends, getting a chance to shine. Running back Brian Robinson had 119 receiving yards in last week’s loss to Seattle.
Washington has failed to cover against the NFL betting lines in the last five games against the Giants.
Tyrod Taylor, another of the injured Giants, had touchdown passes in the second quarter to Barkley and tight end Darren Waller, and that was enough as the Giants won 14-7 as 3-point underdogs at home.
The game came nowhere close to approaching the 37-point total, as just one of the previous seven games between the teams went over the total.
Despite the win by the Giants, the home team is just 4-6-1 in the last 11 games in this series.
Giants vs Commanders Betting Preview
The good news for DeVito and the Giants is that Washington traded away two of its best defensive players, with neither Chase Young nor Montez Sweat around to torment a struggling offensive line. It could still be a long day for DeVito, especially if Thomas is unable to go.
The teams went 6-for-31 on third downs in the meeting earlier this season, and can the teams be expected to do much better than that in the rematch?
Seven of the last eight games between the Giants and Commanders have been decided by eight points or less with a tie mixed in there as well.
The teams are a combined 7-11-2 against the spread this season. Washington has failed to cover in both of its games as the home favorite this season with the Giants going 1-4 against the spread as the road underdog.
The Giants have dropped five straight road games.
The nine-point line is the largest in the series since the Giants won 19-10 as a nine-point underdog in 2017.
With a total of 37, it is just the third time in the last 29 meetings between the Giants and Commanders to have a total under 40.
At kickoff, the temperature is expected to be in the mid-60s with cloudy but dry conditions.
Seven of the last eight games played by the Giants went under the total while 14 of Washington’s last 18 games went under the total.
Even with a healthy team, it would be tough to pick the Giants to win on the road against Washington. Perhaps the Giants will find a way to cover as the underdogs to their NFC East rivals.
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