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Giants vs. Washington: NFL Week 9 Picks and Game Predictions

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Giants vs. Washington: NFL Week 9 Picks and Game Predictions

Washington meets the Giants for the second time in a month looking to avenge their 1 point defeat at MetLife just a few games ago. Wins are hard to come by in this division. Let’s see how we get into this one.

New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team

Sunday, November 8th – 1:00 ET at Fedex Field

Can Washington Pull Out the Win This Time?

That’s a tough question, they should have won in the first matchup between the two, a failed two-point conversion at the end of the game completed their loss, but the go-ahead score from the Giants a few minutes previous came from a strip-sack and fumble return for the Giants. It was a messy, sloppy game and could have gone either way. Despite losing, Washington covered the NFL odds spread in that match.

Although Washington has only had one game between then and now they did look good against the Cowboys. The defensive front is where they’ll win or lose this game and it was looking formidable in their last game. Chase Young was back and led the team in tackles while Montez Sweat notched up a couple of sacks. That will likely be the case in this one too despite the Giants offensive line looking better in recent weeks. They will still cause them issues all game long.

They’re a tough team to judge offensively with Kyle Allen at QB. He’s fine, he’s not good, he’s not terrible, he’s not a franchise QB but it seems like Ron Rivera and co. think he’s good enough to do the job for them. He has a fantastic receiver in Terry McLaurin who would be a stud on any decent offense. He’s only scored twice, but averages 6 receptions and 82 yards per game. The tight end Logan Thomas leads them on TD receptions while rookie Antonio Gibson has looked better each week.

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Can the Giants Carry on Their Improvement?

The Giants really should have beaten the Buccaneers on Monday night after failing to convert a 2 point attempt at the end of the game which could easily have been called DPI. In fact, it was, then after a quick chat was reversed. I don’t think the Bucs could have complained too much had it stood and given them another chance at the 2. They’ve looked better in recent weeks covering the spread in the 4th of their 7 games this year.

Without watching the film of every game, it’s hard to judge Daniel Jones as he can make some fantastic throws, unfortunately for him, he can make some terrible decisions too and was lucky not to finish with 5 or 6 interceptions instead of just 2 in their last game. With time he can look good, but he missed some open throws while under pressure from an average Bucs pass rush. He’ll be under more pressure in this game.

He hasn’t had it easy though, at least one of his offensive weapons has been injured for practically every game he’s played. Sterling Shepard has been back a few weeks and leads the team in receptions and targets when he plays, he’ll be the main man for them here too. Darius Shepard is the big play threat and will get free a couple of times a game, Golden Tate doesn’t get many targets now and Evan Engram is frustrating as a pass catching TE.

The run-game looked better than expected with Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris the ball carriers. That’s not a talented group, while Dion Lewis looked good catching out of the backfield for the first time all season.

Who Gets the Job Done?

The NFC East is terrible this year, Washington could be level at the top with 3 wins, the Giants could be a game behind on two if they win on Sunday. On the plus side for us, every game has something riding on it.

In all honesty I think it’s a coin-flip game. They’re evenly matched, the Washington defense is the best unit in the game, they’re coming off a bye week and they’re at home, so for those reasons I’m leaning to them winning.

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