Washington Gets The Call In Tricky Situation With Giants

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Doug Upstone

Monday, December 26, 2016 8:00 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 8:00 PM UTC

For betting football, Week 17 of the NFL season is about as tough as it gets. Some of it has the feel of the NFL preseason with several unknown variables which one cannot control. That includes the Giants at Redskins matchup. 

For example, despite a crummy showing last Thursday, the New York Giants wrapped up a playoff spot as the top wild card in the NFC, receiving all the needed losses. For Washington, if Detroit loses at Dallas on Monday and the Redskins beat the Giants in Week 17, it will have a better record than the Packers-Lions loser next week and be the final wild-card team.

Those making NFL picks are counting on Washington wanting to win and the Giants resting certain players in preparation for the following week and moved the Skins from 5 to 8-point home favorites.


Giants Gossip

This article was written early in the week, thus we do not know what New York coach Ben McAdoo will do, but it is safe to say any real asset or somewhat injured player will not be on the field for long.

The strength of the Giants team is the defense and that unit is banged up. This should afford McAdoo chance to rest his best run-stopper Damon Harrison (knee). At linebacker, Jonathan Casillas has played with a bad knee and Keenan Robinson has tried to work around an aching shoulder. At cornerback, Janoris Jenkins missed the Eagles game with a bruised back and rookie Eli Apple hurt his ankle in the game.

Though McAdoo would prefer to find offensive solutions for team averaging 19.4 PPG, other than starting Eli Manning to extend consecutive starts streak to 199 games, there's no reason to expose the 36-year-old to more hits.


Redskins Rumblings

If Washington does or does not make the playoffs, two games will stand out.

The tie with Cincinnati in London could work for or against the Redskins, depending on who the other teams are still in the hunt for last wild card. If Washington were to fail making the postseason, the home Monday night loss to Carolina stands out like the not-so-great looking Christmas sweater you just received.

The Redskins offense is at its best when the offensive line is opening holes for running backs, like it did in the Week 16 win over Chicago with 208 yards on the ground. Though Kirk Cousins has grown dramatically as quarterback the past two years, he's not in the elite class just yet but is extremely adapt as play-action passer, which works best with a run offense churning out yards.

Again without knowledge of whom New York might play and for how long, it's hard to anticipate what kind of success the Giants might have on offense. However, suffice to say Washington is well below average on defense, ranked in the lower 25 percent against the run or pass.


What To Look For

All we can do is anticipate the G-Men to rest players and the Redskins needing to win. If the NFL odds have Washington at -9.5 or less, it's worth a look if New York rests players as anticipated.

NFL Free Pick: Redskins -8Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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