NFL Week 17 Pick: Washington Redskins at New York Giants

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 4:46 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 4:46 PM UTC

About the only good thing I can say about this NFC East game is that you can bet on it. Both the Skins and Giants are huge disappointments. Survivor Pick: Washington.

Washington Redskins at New York Giants (+3, 38.5)

Frankly, both teams would be better off losing this game to improve draft positions – the Giants would pick No. 2 overall behind Cleveland as long as they lose. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would prefer to land with the Giants over the Browns. There’s some hogwash about Rosen staying at UCLA to avoid being chosen by the Browns, but that’s not happening. It’s quite possible both these franchises have both a new starting quarterback and head coach next year. New York will have a new coach and GM for sure as Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese were fired a few weeks ago. It remains to be seen if Eli Manning will be back in 2018. Manning is due a $5 million roster bonus on the third day of the 2018 league year in March, so if he’s going to be released or traded it will surely be before that. Manning could stick around for one more year as a bridge QB to whomever the Giants draft. Redskins owner Dan Snyder might decide to part was with Coach Jay Gruden as the Skins will miss the playoffs for the third time in four seasons under him. QB Kirk Cousins could hit the free-agent market unless the Skins franchise him again at the cost of around $34 million in salary for 2018.

  • Redskins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC East.
  • Giants are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss.
Free NFL Pick: Giants +3.5 (buy up from 3)Best Line Offered: Bovada

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New York lost a fifth straight game Sunday, 23-0 at Arizona – the first time this season Big Blue has been blanked. Manning was 27-of-45 for 263 yards with two interceptions for a quarterback rating of 57.9, and the Giants averaged 2.2 yards per carry. Manning also had a ball stripped by Deone Bucannon and returned 21 yards for a touchdown by Robert Nkemdiche. The Giants accumulated only 293 yards of total offense and averaged a paltry 4.4 yards per play. They hadn’t been shut out since Oct. 12, 2014, 27-0 by the Eagles. That was New York’s franchise-record 13th loss of the year. Washington won a second straight game, both at home, 27-11 over Denver. Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns. He became the first quarterback in Washington history with three seasons of 25 or more TD passes, and needs 65 yards for his third in a row with 4,000-plus yards. On Thanksgiving night, the Redskins beat the Giants 20-10 in a drab game. Cousins threw for 242 yards and two second-half scores; it was 3-3 at halftime. In the game's first eight possessions, the teams combined for seven punts and one turnover on downs. Manning was just 13 of 27 for 113 yards.

  • Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
  • Under is 8-3 in Giants last 11 home games.
Free NFL Pick: Under 39.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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