New York Giants (1-2) at Washington Redskins (1-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday September 25, 2014, 8:25 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Redskins -3 -- Over/Under: 45
The New York Giants and Washington Redskins play an important week 4 game Thursday at FedEx Field.
The New York Giants picked up their first win of the season with a win over the Houston Texans and actually looked like a decent team. Eli Manning completed 75 percent of his passes and the Giants defense held the Texans to 2-12 on third down. However, even with the win there are still concerns with the Giants, as they’re averaging just 3.6 yards per carry and Rashad Jennings is their only reliable running back. Eli Manning has played just one good game out of three and has five touchdown passes to four interceptions. This game will tell us if week 3 was a fluke or a sign of a turning point for a New York team that looked completely lost since the preseason. Defensively, the New York Giants are allowing 364.7 yards per game and have forced three turnovers and seven sacks. Prince Amukamara leads the Giants with 22 tackles and Jason Pierre-Paul has three tackles for loss.
The Washington Redskins are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and need a win here before dropping too far in the division. It’s safe to say that Kirk Cousins has developed into a reliable quarterback, as he’s completing 64.2 percent of his passes and has five touchdowns to only one interception. And unlike past seasons, the Redskins have offensive weapons around their quarterback, as four receivers have more than 100 yards, including Niles Paul who leads Washington with 253 yards and a touchdown. It’s no longer just the Alfred Morris show. Defensively, the Washington Redskins are allowing 282.7 yards per game and have forced three turnovers and 10 sacks. Keenan Robinson leads the Redskins with 17 tackles and Jason Hatcher has 2.5 sacks.
I find it very hard to trust the New York Giants until they prove that the week 3 performance is capable of repeating. The Washington Redskins just went toe-to-toe with the NFC’s best on the road and have much more stability at the quarterback position. Simply put, the Redskins clearly look like the better team here and should cover the small spread in front of their home crowd. Take Washington.