New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team (10/18/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
The NFC East has never looked worse for the future season. The best record in the division is the 2-3 Cowboys, who just lost their star quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending ankle injury. The NFC East record through five weeks is a combined 4-15-1. This week, the New York Giants are taking on the Washington Football, whose last win combined was in week one. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, October 18th , 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey
TV Coverage: FOX
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New York Giants: Lorenzo Carter (Out, Achilles)
Washington Football Team: Questionable to play: Cole Holcomb (knee), Dwayne Haskins (illness), Greg Stroman (foot), Marcus Baugh (undisclosed), Michael Liedtke (undisclosed), Kyle Allen (arm), Reuben Foster (knee)
New York Giants Analysis
The New York Giants are still winless this season after losing to division rival Dallas Cowboys last week to make their record 0-5. The Giants certainly seem hopeless after losing their best offensive weapon in Saquon Barkley in week two of the season. They have one of the worst offenses in the league led by Daniel Jones at quarterback. They look to take their first win of the season at home against another division opponent versus the Washington Football Team.
As I said, the Giants’ total offense has been one of the worst, if not the worst in the league this season. They rank second to last in the league in points per game with 16.2 points per game while also leading the league in the least amount of total touchdowns per game with 1.2. Their offense also averages 282.4 yards per game which are seriously atrocious. Their offense overall is seriously bad, but Daniel Jones may be able to help them grab a divisional win next week.
Daniel Jones is leading one of the worst offenses in the league this season and has not been giving them much help. His TD: INT ratio is currently 2:5 and he is one of the worst quarterbacks in the league. Realistically, he is not receiving much help having one of the worst offensive lines in the league that has allowed him to get sacked the fourth most amongst quarterbacks this season with 16 total sacks. The passing offense only produces a little over 200 yards per game, and 0.4 passing touchdowns per game which are bottom tier for the league. For a team that passes the third-most in the league per game, they will need to step up their game going up against a weaker opponent.
The Giants’ run game has been shot this season with the season-ending injury to Saquon Barkley. The signing of veteran Devota Freeman has given them a little spark in the backfield. However, the Giants are one of the worst rushing offenses in the league this season. As a team, they produce only 79 rushing yards per game off of a lowly 21 attempts per game. Again, their offensive line gives them little to no running game though.
Somehow, their defense has only allowed 26.6 points per game which is around middle ranking in the league. They rank 16th in the league with opponent touchdowns with 3 per game and allow the 8th least offensive yards per game at 343. However, their time of possession allowed to opponents is disappointing at 32:03 per game, but that is largely due to the Giants’ offense lacking any production to keep them off the field.
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Washington Football Team Analysis
The Washington Football Team is coming off of their fourth straight loss this season against the Los Angeles Rams, which makes their record 1-4 this season. The Washington Football team is still struggling to figure out who their quarterback will be. Dwayne Haskins is arguably one of the worst quarterbacks in the league with an average QBR of 80.3. Last week, they started Kyle Allen but replaced him with Alex Smith after he got injured. This game however will certainly be their easiest of the season against a winless New York Giants.
This team has scored a depressing 17.8 points per game this season and has produced the least amount of total offensive yards at 263 yards per game. What is scary about this offense though is that every 10 plays, one of them are a punt. Washington has the worst punts per play average at 0.10 punts per play. This offense has some serious offseason work to do, but have the opportunity to figure out a way up in the NFC East with the division’s loss of Dak Prescott.
Dwayne Haskins is a certified bottom tier quarterback in the league this season. He stands 26th in passing yards, 27th in passing touchdowns, and 28th in completion percentage. His offensive line has allowed him to get sacked 13 times this season, but he seriously not helping his team. Especially since Washington passes the ball as a team higher than most teams at 62.74% per play. The Giants’ secondary is ranked one of the worst in the league and hopefully, Kyle Allen can take advantage if he plays. Last week Allen had a QBR of 83.5 before leaving due to injury.
Washington’s run game has been ruled by rookie running back Antonio Gibson in the backfield, but most effective as a goal-line rush. They only run the ball 37.26% and gain 81.4 yards per game which is one of the worst in the league. But, the team ranks ninth in the league with 1.4 touchdowns per game rushing. The Giants usually get passed against due to their brutal secondary, but Washington can certainly take advantage of their rushing defense that is below average in opponent rushing yards and touchdowns.
Weirdly enough, the Washington defense is ranked in the top ten in opponent allowed passing yards, touchdowns, and completion percentage. Their young defensive line has also produced three sacks per game this season, which is a big struggle for the Giants. Washington certainly has a better defense than the Giants offense, which may prove helpful in this below-average dog fight.
Washington Football Team Depth Chart
Betting Corner Giants -3
Spread: +/- 3
Moneyline: Washington +130, Giants -150
Spread: Giants -3
Moneyline: Giants -150
This game is probably one of the toughest betting games of the week. Washington has not won a road game this season and New York has not won a home game (Jets nor Giants). Scarily enough, the last football team to win a game in MetLife Stadium is the New York Guardians XFL team in February of 2020. Nervously enough I am selecting the Giants to win their first game of the season and cover their spread, which they have done in three of five games this season.
While I am motivated to select the under for this game between two of the worst offenses in the league, the line is way too low not to select the over. The over for the NFL has hit around 70% this season and both of these teams do not have great defenses. It is a risky bet either way in my opinion, but 43 is not a lot of points for two NFL teams to cover.
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Fantasy Love/Hate Picks
Devonta Freeman has made his way to seeing a large share of carries on the Giants. In the past two weeks, he has averaged 14 carries per game. Honestly, he has only produced 48.5 yards per game from those carries but he could make use of them against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league. He is a flex option for week three.
Antonio Gibson has been a strong goal line running back for Washington this season and has averaged close to 13 fantasy points per game this season. He ranks 20th in fantasy running backs right now. He has strong RB2 potential for week six against an extremely poor red-zone defense.
Terry McLaurin has been very inconsistent for fantasy this season. And last week was the first time all season he has not led the team in targets in a game. Without Dwayne Haskins in to feed his athleticism, he might take a drop off against the Giants. He is a low-end WR2/WR3 for week six