Thursday Night Football Opening Odds for Giants vs. Redskins

Jason Lake

Monday, September 22, 2014 3:19 PM GMT

Monday, Sep. 22, 2014 3:19 PM GMT

In a Sunday full of surprises, the New York Giants looked like Super Bowl contenders, while Washington looked, well, somewhat competent. But competent seems to be good enough for the NFL oddsmakers.

Jason’s Record After Week 2: 4-7 ATS, 1-2-1 Totals

Profit: minus-8.8 units

 

Maybe the NFC East isn’t as hopeless as we thought. Three of the four teams in the division won on Sunday, and even the guys who lost played a decent enough football game. That would be Washington, who traded punches with Philadelphia before losing 37-34. But hey, the Eagles were 4-point home faves, which means Kirk Cousins is effectively 2-0 ATS as Washington’s top quarterback.

The Dallas Cowboys also won their Sunday matinee, but it was the New York Giants who turned the heads of football betting enthusiasts with their 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans (+1 away). Everything that went wrong for the Giants in the first two weeks, went right against Houston. But are the linesmakers impressed? Hardly. They’ve opened the Giants as 6-point road dogs on the Week 4 NFL odds board for Thursday night’s matchup (8:25 p.m. ET, CBS) at The Fed.

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The Three Sunrises
Big Blue supporters sure have every reason to be impressed. The Giants excelled in all three aspects of the game against Houston: on offense, defense, and special teams. Eli Manning went turnover-free and ate just one sack while throwing for a pair of touchdowns, one to Victor Cruz and the other to Daniel Fells. Rashad Jennings rushed for a career-high 176 yards, the defense picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick three times, and the Giants even blocked a punt. All this against a Texans team that was 2-0 SU and ATS after two weeks.

As for Washington, Cousins was everything fans could have hoped for, throwing for 427 yards, three TDs and a lone interception. But that’s about the only positive takeaway from Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. The D.C. defense that had played so well in the first two games (Football Outsiders had it ranked No. 1 in efficiency) got shelled in Week 3. Meanwhile, the running game was held to 84 yards, and Kai Forbath missed a field goal from 33 yards out. Even worse, the special teams allowed a 102-yard kick-off return for a TD by Chris Polk.

 

Hall Pass
There is still the matter of all those New York injuries. It’s a long list, but the Giants appeared to escape Sunday’s game without incident, and they’re even expecting some reinforcements in time for Thursday Night Football. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is on pace to make his NFL debut in Week 4; Beckham is New York’s first-round draft pick, No. 12 overall from the same LSU Tigers program where his Dad played running back. He should be a welcome addition on a Giants receiving corps that’s without Mario Manningham (calf) and Jerrel Jernigan (foot) for the rest of the season.

Washington didn’t make it through Week 3 unscathed. CB DeAngelo Hall might have played his last down of NFL football after apparently suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon against Philadelphia. Hall already wasn’t the same player who made the Pro Bowl three times, but his departure leaves the D.C. secondary perilously thin. On top of that, starting LG Shawn Lauvao (knee) had to leave the game against the Eagles. His status in uncertain for Week 4.

The New York-Washington matchup was the first one to hit the board this week, and as we go to press, the Giants have already moved to +4 in early betting. We’ll have our NFL pick for this game later on this week; while we wait for fresh information to come down the newswires, make sure to keep hitting refresh on our football odds board and see what bargains 5Dimes and other sportsbooks might have available for Thursday night’s contest.

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