Online betting on the NFC East gets going on Sunday as the New York Giants face the Washington Redskins.
The Giants finished last season at 12-4 but were never the same after losing Plaxico Burress. The Redskins disappointed again last season under head coach Jim Zorn and they were a betting online disaster in games against the Giants.
Online betting has the Giants a 6.5 point favorite on Sunday with a total of 37. The Redskins were pounded last year by the Giants, losing both games in betting online by a combined score of 39-14. They have lost five of the online betting matchups against the Giants.
The key for the Giants in online betting will be finding a replacement for Burress. Betting online stats indicate that the Giants were simply a different offensive team without Burress. They averaged 29.9 points with him and 18.2 points per game without him. The Giants are going with Dominik Hixon and Steve Smith as the starting wide receivers while Mario Manningham and rookie Hakeem Nicks will also get playing time. "We felt we had a good team last year," said quarterback Eli Manning, "We had opportunities and we just didn’t take advantage of them the way we could have. Only certain times you feel you have all the right guys in the right spots and you feel like you have playmakers and people are special and you can be a great team. We felt that. We didn’t take advantage of it." The Giants have a solid running game led by Brandon Jacobs who had 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns as online betting stats had it.
The Giants defensively look better than last year in online betting as they have Osi Umenyiora back from injury in addition to new defensive linemen Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard and linebacker Michael Boley, "We still have to play," said Umenyiora, “Everything looks real good on paper, but we still have to go out and perform." They may be able to do that against a Redskins team that finished a disappointing 8-8 last season as online betting results showed.
Online betting has the Redskins at 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games in September but they are just 2-7-2 in betting online odds in their last 11 games in Week 1. The Giants are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an online betting home favorite and they are 37-16-2 against the online betting number in their last 55 vs. the NFC.