Week 2 of the NFL season starts with an NFC East rivalry game as the New York Giants head to FedEx Field to take on the Washington Football Team in a matchup of two teams looking to bounce back from opening week losses.
Additionally, both teams ended up losing at home in what can only be described as disappointing performances.
Which team will move to 1-1 on the season and pick up a crucial divisional win?
Kickoff is at 8:20pm ET.
New York vs. Washington Live Odds and Betting History
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
New York Giants
Over 42 (-110)
Washington Football Team
Under 42 (-110)
New York Giants
Washington Football Team
2021 ATS Home
2021 ATS Away
2021 O/U Home
2021 O/U Away
New York vs. Washington TNF Game Preview
These two divisional rivals have played against each other 178 times and it’s the New York Giants that have dominated this series with an all-time record of 105-69-4.
The Giants have won five straight meetings between these two teams. Last year, New York finished with just six wins on the season, but two of those came against Washington. However, the two games were decided by a grand total of four points.
The Giants also hold the advantage in games played at Washington with a 48-39-2 record. Furthermore, they’re 11-4 in the last 15 games at Washington including winning the last three trips there.
New York (0-1) is coming off an anemic performance against the Broncos in Week 1 where they just looked pathetic on offense and couldn’t stop anything on defense.
The Giants were blown out 27 to 13 and there really wasn’t anything positive to take from the game. It was 27 to 7 with 2 minutes left in the game.
Washington (0-1) was up 16-13 heading into the 4th quarter against the Chargers, but couldn’t hold on to the lead and ended up losing 20 to 16. They also lost starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a hip injury.
As of this writing, it remains unclear as to how long “Fitzmagic” will be out. Washington has put him on IR, but hasn’t made official whether it’s the short or long one.
Opening Odds and Line Movement for TNF Game
The line opened as high as five points for Washington with most NFL betting sites. However, it has slowly trickled down to the current spread of WFT favored by 3.5 points. The Over/Under opened as high as 43 points and has come down to an O/U of 42 total points.
Free TNF Bet and Game Prediction: Under 42 Points (-110)
To say that these two teams disappointed in Week 1 is an understatement. The Giants flat out stunk. Washington got a spark from Heinicke when he came in, but their vaunted defense couldn’t hold onto the lead.
Now, the two face off in a rivalry game that Giants have not only dominated historically, but over the last few years as well with five straight wins.
Giants Offense vs WFT Defense
The Giants were only able to put up 314 yards against the Broncos in Week 1 and 64 of those yards came in the final two minutes when the game was already over with at 27 to 7.
The Giants mustered up just 60 yards on the ground for the day, couldn’t consistently protect Daniel Jones, and looked like they were still in preseason form.
2021 was supposed to be Daniel Jones’ coming out party. Instead, 2021 looks like 2020 and 2019. Jones’ performance 22-of-37 for 267 yards, 1TD and 1 fumble was nothing to admire especially since a good chunk of that came in garbage time down by multiple scores.
However, if Washington’s defense doesn’t get back to its 2020 form, then New York could find some success. WFT gave up 337 passing yards last weekend and 427 total yards to the Chargers. These stats are certainly not indicative of the Top 5 defense that they were in 2020.
WFT’s Offensive vs. Giants Defense
Can you believe it? Washington’s offense actually put up a statistically worse game than the Giants’ offense did.
WFT finished with just 261 total yards and only scored three more points than the Giants. Washington tallied just 135 passing yards on the day which is absolutely pathetic considering the Chargers are one of the top defenses in the league.
Before Fitzpatrick got hurt, he was 3-of-6 for 13 yards. Heinicke finished with 122 yards in 11-of-15 and one TD.
Washington isn’t going to beat anyone if they can’t throw for at least 200 yards. This isn’t high school football. Their ground game was good with 126 yards, but they need to improve or they could end up 0-2 to start the season.
Betting Trends to Consider
On paper, this game definitely lacks excitement compared to last week’s Bucs vs Cowboys game. This week’s matchup really means very little to anyone outside of those two regions other than those of you with a few players on your fantasy teams.
With that said, there are a few betting trends to take a look at for this game. And, all of those trends are pointing to the Under.
For Washington, the Under is 6-1 in their last seven games, 4-1 in their last five NFC games and 13-6 in the last 19 head to head meetings against New York. For the Giants, the Under is 8-0 in their last eight games and 4-1 in their last five NFC East games.
Combined, these two teams have averaged 41.7ppg over their last 10 meetings. Last year, the two teams averaged a combined 38.6 ppg and they’re below that mark so far in 2021.
Take the Under as both defenses will keep this game close, ugly and well below the 42-point mark.
As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...
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