New York Giants vs Washington Football Team Matchup Preview (11/8/2020): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

As crazy as it might sound, this is a divisional matchup with playoff implications between the 1-7 New York Giants and the 2-5 Washington Football Team. Just a few short weeks ago, in week six, the Giants beat Washington 20-19 to get their only win of the season thus far. New York, losers of their two games since by a combined three points, are only a few games behind the Eagles for the division lead and only one win “behind” the New York Jets in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Washington followed that loss to New York in week six with a 25-3 whooping of the Cowboys before heading into their week-eight bye. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the New York Giants vs Washington Football Team Matchup Page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, November 8th, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM CT
Location: FedExField, Landover, Maryland
TV Coverage: FOX

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Injuries

New York Giants: Devonta Freeman (ankle) Q, Ryan Lewis (hamstring) Q, Golden Tate (NIR) Q, Devante Downs (shoulder) Q, Blake Martinez (hamstring) Q, Logan Ryan (hip) Q, Sterling Shepard (shoulder/toe) Q

Washington Football Team: Geron Christian Sr. (knee) Q, James Smith-Williams (concussion) Q, Montez Sweat (concussion) Q, Logan Thomas (ankle) Q, Isaiah Wright (shoulder) Q

New York Giants

New York Giants

As odd as it may seem, the Giants, at 1-7, are in a peculiar spot. If they rattle off wins in their next three (winnable) games against Washington, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati, they might take over first place in the NFC East. Likewise, if they lose each of their next three games, they might be in-line to draft prized prospect, Trevor Lawrence, with the number one overall pick. 2020 has been a rocky road for the Giants, losing Saquon to an ACL tear and watching as Daniel Jones continues to turn the ball over in close games. Nevertheless, the state of the NFC East is keeping their opportunity wide open. The next three games will likely determine the direction of the Giants 2020 season.

The offense has not been pretty. Other than the Jets’ historically low 11.8 points-per-game, the Giants have the next lowest mark at 18.1. Despite throwing the ball 34 times per game, Daniel Jones is averaging just 208.25 passing yards per game, the fifth-lowest mark in the league. In addition to this, he’s thrown just seven touchdowns to his nine interceptions to go along with five fumbles and an alarming 61.8-percent completion percentage. Jones’ leading receiver is Darius Slayton, who leads the team in targets (56), receptions (32), receiving yards (485), and touchdown receptions (3). The Giants have also not been good running the ball, falling in the bottom-10 of this category in the NFL as well at just under 100 yards per game on the ground. After losing Saquon Barkley for the year, the Giants signed Devonta Freeman, who was looking spry before suffering an injury in week seven and missing week eight. Replacing freeman was a mixture of Wayne Gallman, Alfred Morris, and Dion Lewis.

Defensively, the Giants have been better than what the public perception of their team may be. For starters, their 24.9 points-per-game allowed is right around the middle of the league. They are allowing just 102 rushing yards per game, good enough for eighth-lowest in the league. Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Leonard Williams are backed up by former Packers linebackers, free agent acquisitions Kyler Fackrell and Blake Martinez.
In addition, despite giving up a higher-than-average 252.8 passing yards per game, emerging cornerback James Bradberry is receiving wide recognition is one of the game’s best corners. Expect the Giants defense to largely do their job on Sunday, keeping the game close and looking to the offense to make plays to pick up a victory.

New York Giants Depth Chart

QB: Daniel Jones
RB1: Devonta Freeman
WR1: Sterling Shepard
WR2: Darius Slayton
WR3: Golden Tate
TE: Evan Engram

Washington Football Team

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It took four weeks before the new coaching crew, led by head coach Ron Rivera, cast aside former fifteenth-overall pick Dwayne Haskins. After a 1-3 start, and subpar play, the Football Team moved to Kyle Allen, who has also been rather uninspiring. They have gone 1-2 since, and now at 2-5 overall, trail only the 3-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. Much like the Giants, these next few weeks are pivotal towards shaping the direction of the Football Team’s season. Beginning this week, the Football Team’s next four games include the Giants, the Lions, the Bengals, and the Cowboys. Not only are these all winnable games, but a 6-5 record would likely leave Washington in first place in the NFC East. Likewise, if they were to lose all four of these games and drop to 2-9, they’d instead be staring down a potential new franchise quarterback with a top pick in the draft.

The Football Team’s offense has been difficult to watch thus far in 2020. In fact, the division of performance between the offense and defense is very similar to that of the Giants, their opponent this week. Just a shade above the Giants is the NFL’s third-lowest scoring team in the NFL at 19 points-per-game, the Washington Football Team. Whether it was Haskins in the first four games, or Allen over the past three, they haven’t been able to move the ball through the air. Currently, Washington holds the NFL’s fourth-lowest passing yards per game at 192.6. Haskins averaged slightly more at 209.5 over their first four games, compared to Allen’s 169.67 average over the last three. Similar to the Giants, the Football Team has given up more sacks than nearly every team in the NFL as well. A bright spot in the passing game is Washington’s talented second-year wide receiver, Terry McLaurin. He leads the team in targets (69), receptions (43), and receiving yards (577), and has two receiving touchdowns as well. On the ground, Washington began the year with Adrian Peterson before releasing him and giving the reigns to rookie Antonio Gibson. Gibson has 371 yards on 84 carries to go along with his four rushing touchdowns.

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Football Team’s defense heading into 2020. For starters, they brought in defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera as well as decorated coach Jack Del-Rio as a defensive coordinator. In addition, they hauled in a big group of free agents, headlined by cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and Ronald Darby, as well as linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. To plugin alongside returning defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, and Montez Sweat, they drafted defensive end Chase Young with the second overall pick. As a result, they generate and sack the quarterback more than most teams in the league. While they may not be dominating against the run (they’re middle of the pack in rushing yards against), their talented defensive line’s ability to pressure the quarterback is creating the league’s lowest passing yards per game against. One blow is the recent loss of safety Landon Collins, who just had season-ending surgery for a torn achilles. Again, similar to the Giants, expect the defense to keep this game close, looking to the offense to make plays and pick up the win.

Washington Football Team Depth Chart

QB: Kyle Allen
RB1: Antonio Gibson
RB2: J.D. McKissic
WR1: Terry McLaurin
WR2: Dontrelle Inman
WR3: Cam Sims
TE: Logan Thomas

Betting Corner Football Team -3.5

Spread: Football Team -3.5
Moneyline: Washington -162, New York +133
Over/Under: 41

It’s not happening often for either team in 2020, but somebody needs to be favored in this matchup. The line opens with the Football Team as 3.5 point favorites over the Giants. The Over/Under opened at 41, which gives implied point totals of 22 for the Football Team and 19 for the Giants.

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Daily Fantasy Picks

Washington Football Team DST
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There are a variety of reasons to get excited about Washington’s DST this week. You might consider that Washington is one of the NFL’s most sack-prolific teams, and Daniel Jones is one of the NFL’s most-sacked quarterbacks. You might also choose to consider how often the Giants turn the ball over, tied for third-most in the league with 15 giveaways so far. You might also just rely on the Over/Under and Spread’s indication that the Giants will likely fail to score even 20 points in this game.

New York Giants DST

While you will have to pay up a little more to acquire Washington’s DST, New York’s will come at a slightly lower cost and still has potential itself. If you combine the sacks taken by both Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen, the Football Team would fall in as the sixth-most sacked team in the NFL. While Washington is closer to league average in terms of giveaways, they’re still one of the best teams for opposing DST plays. Last time they played, in week six, the Giants DST had their best fantasy game of the year, giving up only 19 points while accumulating three sacks, two turnovers, and a defensive touchdown.

Antonio Gibson
Prior to their week eight bye, Antonio Gibson posted his best game of the season. He rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Both the 20 carries and 128 rushing yards are season (and career) highs for the rookie running back, which admittedly were likely a result of a large-lead game script they created over Dallas. The one knock is the lack of work in the passing game, which is surprising for a running back that projected to be involved. J.D. McKissic is instead seeing much of the work in that department. While the Football Team may not have the lead they did over the Cowboys, the game should stay close enough to prevent them from having to abandon the run. While New York is not giving up a ton of rushing yards per game, they’re ultimately still a positive matchup against running backs. The enticing thing for Gibson is his price, which at $5800, is a few thousand cheaper than the top options for the week.

Evan Engram

While you generally want to steer clear of wide receivers against the Football Team, tight ends are a great matchup. Currently, Washington is the 31st-worst team against tight ends according to DraftKings scoring, and Evan Engram is priced at just $4300. Engram is a scary play, as he has not been good this year. However, consider the matchup and the fact that he received 10 targets this past week against Tampa Bay. Daily fantasy players might lean on similarly-priced players (Noah Fant at $4600, Hayden Hurst at $4100, Jonnu Smith at $3900, Jimmy Graham at $3800), which creates an opportunity to have a relatively cheap, lesser-owned player that will see opportunity in a positive matchup.

Zach Boeder is a high school math teacher that has a passion for sports and data journalism. Zach received a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Arizona. He currently teaches in Saint Paul and Lives in Minneapolis with his partner Sarah, their dog Dozier, and cat Remy. Zach plans to argue for a very long time that "2020 would have been the Twins' year if baseball hadn't been shut down."

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