The winless Washington Redskins will visit the 2-0 New York Giants, so what’s a guy who’d bet on NFL to do? All signs seem to point to the Giants making 3-0 on Sunday, September 25th at MetLife Stadium. But here are the NFL betting online odds:
Redskins +4½ (-105) 47 (-110)
Giants -4½ (-115) 47 (-110)
The Redskins came ever so close against the Dallas Cowboys in week 3, but a familiar face stole the win right out from under their noses. QB Kirk Cousins threw 28 for 46 for 364 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jamison Crowder in the third quarter that gave Washington its first lead, 17-13. The Redskins may have played it too safe, though. They got the ball inside Dallas’ 40 on consecutive possessions but settled for a field goal on each occasions.
Washington seemed poised to add to a 23-20 lead after Cousins completed a 57-yard pass to rookie Josh Doctson. However, on third-and-goal at the 6 with 10½ minutes to go, Cousins threw the ovoid right into Cowboys safety Barry Church. Dallas QB Dak Prescott led a 10-play drive that resulted in former Redskins running back Alfred Morris scoring the go-ahead TD for a 23-27 final score.
The New York Giants started 2-0 for the first time since 2009 when they beat the New Orleans Saints 16-13. The Giants dominated the first half, but they were at risk of falling behind right before halftime when James ‘Son of Road Warrior Animal’ Laurinaitis recovered Eli Manning’s fumble at the New York 25 after being sacked by Michael Mauti. But the Giants’ defense did its homework too, limiting Drew Brees to one touchdown, 263 passing yards, and 288 yards in total team offense. Brother Manning found Victor Cruz on a third-down 34-yard pass to set up Josh Brown’s winning 23-yard field goal as the clock ran out.
Most people would agree that out of these two teams, it’s the Giants that are playing like NFC East division champions, and not the actual title-holding Redskins. What’s more, New York could deliver a death blow to Washington on Sunday.
No team has come back from a 0-3 start to make the playoffs since the Buffalo Bills in 1998, and only three teams in the history of the league history have accomplished that feat. Conversely, a win over the Redskins would confirm the Giants a playoff contenders and pretty much a lock to secure the division title. It’s a must win situation for both teams, but the Giants might just be better equipped to pull off a victory.
Brother Eli has thrown for almost 600 yards with three TDs, and the running back tandem of Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen can be a deadly combination. On defense, LB Jonathan Casillas leads a defensive side that includes new arrivals such as Keenan Robinson, Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison, and Eli Apple.
All things considered, fans who bet on NFL will be looking forward to the next installment of this rivalry, but most of all, to the rematch between Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman.