NFL Picks for Giants vs. Redskins Based on Weak Washington D

David Lawrence

Monday, September 22, 2014 7:31 PM GMT

The New York Giants and Washington Redskins are scuffling in the NFC East basement but one of them will be able to move in the standings. The Redskins are a six-point favorite on the NFL odds.

Why The Giants Can Win Because…
They finally got their offense together. The Giants have been a complete mess on the offensive side of things ever since they hired new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. However, for the first time, they looked like a successful unit en route to 30 points versus the Houston Texans last week. Eli Manning was relatively sharp going 21-of-28 for 234 yards and a pair of scores. More importantly, he didn’t turn it over once. He had plenty of support from the ground game with Rashad Jennings running for 176 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries.

The Redskins are not a great defensive team and now they’ll be hampered with more injuries as DeAngelo Hall is out for the season. The Giants have some momentum on their side and they should be able to take advantage of a weak Redskins defense. Keep that in mind for your NFL picks.

 

Why The Redskins Can Win Because…
They’ve been uber competitive with Kirk Cousins under center. He’s slinging it around these days and now has compiled 677 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception through less than two games. The Redskins offense has come to life. The whole team is playing inspired football. They nearly went on the road and knocked off the Philadelphia Eagles; beating a Giants team that typically beats themselves is more than doable – especially at home.

The key for Washington is to cut off Jennings. If they can stop the run and put this game on Manning’s shoulders, they’ll be in good shape. Considering they held LeSean McCoy to just 22 yards on 19 carries last week, it would appear that their chances are pretty good.

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Outlook & Prediction
It’s an NFC East matchup, which means you’ve got to throw everything out the window. These games are usually close. That’s why the first instinct is to take the points here as it simply seems like too much. Is Cousins actually this good or will he come back down to Earth? That’s the biggest question for Redskins backers right now.

At the same time, with the current NFL odds it looks like the oddsmakers are factoring in the “sloppy” Giants who showed up in Weeks 1 and 2, and not the good Giants who played well in Week 3.

It’s too many points to give here with the Redskins – especially since they are banged up. Kicker Kai Forbath also has a groin issue and we saw it affect him last week, so that could be a problem. Overall, it’s tough to trust the Giants in many situations because they are a very turnover-prone team. But this seems like one spot that makes sense. It’s a divisional game and the Redskins are banged up and don’t get the full rest since it’s a short week. 

NFL Pick: Giants +6 at 5Dimes (We got it at +6 when the line opened but we still like it as long as we're getting at least a field goal)

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