The New York Giants are 4-point home favorites on the NFL odds board to beat Washington in Week 3, but the Giants' toughest opponents for Thursday Night Football might be themselves.
Jason's 2015 record as of Sept. 20: 11-5 ATS; 0-1 ML (–1.00 units); 5-3 Total
Before we jump in, a quick correction: Earlier today, I had my ATS record at 10-4 following the completion of Sunday's games. I overlooked a pair of NFL picks; we split the two games on our Sunday Betting Ticket, after deciding to give the San Francisco 49ers a spin. Lolz.
Now it's off to East Rutherford, where the New York Giants have opened as 4-point home faves for their Thursday Night Football date (8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFLN) with Washington. This suddenly becomes a critical NFC East matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles looking like hot garbage on offense, and the Dallas Cowboys losing QB Tony Romo to a broken collarbone. Our consensus reports show the Giants pulling in 55 percent of early bettors. There's also a 43.5-point total on NFL odds at press time, down from 45 at the open.
Cheap Pop Alert
Washington and New York have each split a pair of games ATS thus far, but the Giants lost both their games SU. In Week 2, Washington got its first win of the season with a solid performance against the St. Louis Rams, prevailing 24-10 as a 3-point home dog. QB Kirk Cousins had one of his best games as a pro, connecting on 23 of his 27 passes with a touchdown, then defense and running took care of the rest.
Everyone was giving credit to Washington's offensive line after the game, which is both wonderful and sad – wonderful because these guys deserve the attention, but bad for our purposes. We don't want the betting public to get wise about how important the offensive line is. Okay, I preach openly about it all the time, but we don't have quite as many readers as, say, The Washington Post. We just have the highest-quality readers in all of time and space (thumbs up).
Time and a Word
The Giants could have been 2-0 if they'd played their cards right. Clock management was a killer again in Week 2; New York was up 20-10 on the Atlanta Falcons (+2 away) in the fourth quarter before coughing up the lead, then QB Eli Manning committed a delay-of-game penalty to stall a potential comeback drive. And that was after a timeout. Final score: Atlanta 24, New York 20.
Manning graciously took the blame for Sunday's loss, but there's other stuff the G-Men have to worry about. Their defense is full of holes, the offensive line is filled with unproven players, and WR Victor Cruz (calf) isn't likely to make his season debut until Week 4. Is Washington really going to be the right pick in this matchup? We'll give it some thought, then we'll be back later this week with our answer. May the prolate spheroid be with you in the meantime.Meanwhile you can check Bet365 offering.