New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team Matchup Preview (9/16/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team Matchup Preview (9/16/21)

With Week 1 of the NFL officially in the books, we’ve got some answers and plenty of questions. Even this early in the season, we’re seeing division competition start to heat up. The NFC East was among many divisions with surprising twists in Week 1. The only team in the division to end the weekend with a win was the Philadelphia Eagles, who enjoyed a major 32-6 upset against the Atlanta Falcons. The Dallas Cowboys had an electrifying performance in a very close loss against the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to start out the season. Meanwhile, both the New York Giants and Washington Football teams suffered losses to begin the year, although Washington was much closer to going home with a W than New York. This Thursday, the Giants travel to FedEx Field to take on Football Team in primetime. Here’s what to expect in the upcoming NFC East battle between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team.

New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team Betting Odds

 It’s tough to be optimistic about the New York Giants following their Sunday afternoon performance against a seemingly average Broncos team. The Giants had a chance to make a statement as 3-point underdogs at home, but dropped the ball (in more ways than one). And now they travel to Washington as 3-point underdogs once more, now facing a squad hungry for a win. 

Interestingly, the Giants won both games against the Washington Football Team last year. However, both games kept it close, with the Giants narrowly beating Washington 20-19 and 23-20. While this Sunday’s matchup probably won’t be a blowout, don’t expect that again. Washington sacked Daniel Jones four times last meetup, and Chase Young is going to be extra motivated to get pressure after a disappointing Week 1. 

The biggest question is at quarterback, as Heinicke replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick. Don’t expect too much of a dropoff from his 2021 playoff performance. This time around, he won’t need to air it out for the entire sixty minutes and throw the ball 40+ times. If Washington simply feeds the ball to Antonio Gibson as much as possible, they should be able to gain some serious yards against a Giants defense that just got gouged by the Broncos running game. 

The best bet right now is the under. Both teams went under their totals in their first game, as neither totaled more than 16 points. The Giants offensive struggles will likely continue against the Washington defense, while Washington will try not to overload their new starting quarterback and run the ball heavily. Additionally, consider laying the points with Washington. They’re currently favored at -3 at some sportsbooks, a great number for a home team needing a win during a prime-time matchup. However, stay away from that line if the number gets bet up to -3.5, just in case the two teams have another close matchup.

Prediction: Washington Football Team -3 and Under 41 points

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TV Schedule

Date: Thursday, September 16
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: FedEx Field – Prince George’s County, Maryland (MD)
TV Coverage: NFL, FOX

New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team Live Stream

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Injuries

New York Giants: Evan Engram (calf) Q, Saquon Barkley (knee) Q, Shane Lemieux (knee) Q, Cam Brown (hamstring) Q

Washington Football Team: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) IR

New York Giants Analysis

There’s not a lot of positive things to say about the New York Giants after their loss to the Denver Broncos. The team allowed the usually conservative Teddy Bridgewater to shine, passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns, 264 yards, and finishing with a 77% completion percentage. Additionally, Melvin Gordon III rushed for a 70-yard TD later in the game to add to the Broncos’ 165 total rushing yards. 

Daniel Jones has had doubters since entering the league, and the reasons why are continuing to stack up. In his 2021 debut against the Denver Broncos, his numbers weren’t terrible on paper (267 passing yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 1 rushing TD), but the rushing touchdown came in garbage time and he lost a fumble during a red-zone drive. While the Giants fanbase is hoping he can get it together at some point, it’s becoming more and more clear that the Giants will be in the market for a QB next season. 

Most disappointing was the return of Saquon Barkley. After coming back from a major injury that limited him to only 2 games last year, the Giants were hoping for an electric comeback on Sunday. Barkley’s longest run was for five yards, finishing with 26 rushing yards and a 2.6 average. Not a banner day for the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

New York Giants Depth Chart

QB: Daniel Jones
RB1: Saquon Barkley
RB2: Devontae Booker
WR1: Darius Slayton
WR2: Sterling Shepard
WR3: Kenny Golladay
TE1: Evan Engram

Washington Football Team Analysis

Before the start of the 2021 season, Washington was a pretty trendy pick to repeat as NFC East champions. Well, if they want to return to the playoffs, the Football Team will have to play better than they did last Sunday. The team not only lost the game against the Los Angeles Chargers, but they also lost their starting quarterback early on. Ryan Fitzpatrick only attempted 6 passes before being knocked out with a hip injury expected to keep him out for a few weeks. His replacement Taylor Heinecke didn’t exactly light up the Chargers, passing for 122 yards and a score. Running back Antonio Gibson ran for 90 yards with a 4.5 average, but his costly fumble essentially lost Washington the game. 

The defense needs to improve if Washington wants to have a winning season and host another playoff game. They allowed Justin Herbert to pass for 337 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, although William Jackson III did walk away from the game with a pick. Montez Sweat sacked Herbert once, and he’ll be hungry for more when the New York Giants come to town. However, Chase Young finished the day without even pressuring the QB once. That’s not good news for a player some bettors were hoping to finish the season as Defensive Player of the Year. 

Taylor Heinicke will take the reins against the Giants, and we don’t have a major sample size on him so far. The QB played fairly well filling in for Alex Smith in the playoffs, throwing for 306 yards against the future Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of the better defenses in the league. Additionally, his mobility comes in handy behind an often inconsistent offensive line. On Thursday he faces a Giants defense that, while competent at times, looks to be an easier opponent than Joey Bosa and the Chargers.

Washington Football Team Depth Chart

QB: Taylor Heinicke
RB1: Antonio Gibson
RB2: J.D. McKissic
WR1: Adam Humphries
WR2: Terry McLaurin
WR3: Dynami Brown
TE1: Logan Thomas

New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team Daily Fantasy Picks

If you’re planning on grabbing any players from the Washington Football Team or New York Giants, you’ll have to hunt for value. Daniel Jones is currently listed at $5,300 on DraftKings, but you can get Derek Carr for the same amount after his electric MNF performance. Some DFS players must expect Saquon Barkley to make a comeback this week, as he’s listed at $7,000 after accounting for 3.7 DFS points last week. Antonio Gibson at $6,300 is worth a look in this potential bounce-back game. 

Although I’m expecting the Washington defense to play well, spending $3,900 on DraftKings is a bit high, and you can find more value with the Cardinals defense at $2,900. Pick up Gibson and stay away from the rest of the Thursday Night participants.

Week 2 Matchup Previews
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  • Lions @ Browns
  • Texans @ Titans
  • Vikings @ Packers
  • Dolphins @ Jets
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  • Washington @ Panthers
  • 49ers @ Jaguars
  • Bengals @ Raiders
  • Cowboys @ Chiefs
  • Cardinals @ Seahawks
  • Steelers @ Chargers
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Anthony Elio is a professional writer based in Denver, CO. While he’s written about everything from video games to couponing in the past, he’s set his sights on sports betting. He also plays drums in the Denver rock band Television Generation.

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