Prediction and Pick for Giants vs. Washington Football Team – NFL (Thursday, September 16, 2021)

By Dan Vasta in NFL
| September 14, 2021 10:03 am PDT

The NFC East was full of disappointment last season, and many expect plenty more to occur again this season.

The Giants are coming off a home loss to the Denver Broncos, and Washington lost to the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Philadelphia Eagles were the only NFC East squad to win in Week 1, making this divisional matchup even more vital.

Daniel Jones and Ryan Fitzpatrick were the expected starting quarterbacks before the season began. Fitzmagic suffered a hip injury in Week 1 that could cost him some time on the sidelines.

Taylor Heinicke filled in admirably, but the team failed in the fourth quarter. Thursday Night Football was thrilling in Week 1 with Dallas and Tampa Bay, making great must-see television.

It is now time to discuss this matchup further by analyzing the latest odds for this NFC East clash.

Giants vs. Washington Odds for TNF

Giants (+4)-110
Washington Football (-4)-110
Giants to Win+190
Washington Football Team to Win-220
Over 42.5-115
Under 42.5-105

Washington comes into Thursday Night Football as favorites, but being favored has not previously paid off when they played New York.

The Football Team has only covered in three of the last ten meetings with the Giants.

To make matters worse, Washington has lost five of the past six games as favorites over the Giants. New York has lost six of the past seven games as a road underdog.

The top NFL betting sites still have them favored, though, so bettors may have a tough decision to make.

It is time to discuss this NFC East Thursday night battle between Washington and New York. How can each team come away with the victory?

Why the Giants Win

The defense can dominate. Defenses win championships, and the Giants could be one of the better defenses in the NFC.

The Giants have one of the more talented defensive backfields in the NFL, and they will need to lockdown Washington’s receivers.

Adoree’ Jackson, Logan Ryan, and Jabrill Peppers are athletic defensive backs. They should be able to stay with the talented Washington passing attack. Slowing Terry McLaurin down is easier said than done, but a team effort will get the job done.

They were able to get after and harass Teddy Bridgewater as rookie Azeez Ojulari picked up his first career sack. He was a stud pass rusher with Georgia, and the speed he has shown thus far with the Giants should allow the rest of the defense to step up.

The second game for Saquon Barkley will hopefully be better than the first. We weren’t expecting a heavy workload, but Barkley was running for his life behind the Giants’ porous offensive line.

Max Kellerman was already complaining about the o-line even before week one, too.

Still, the team is much better when he is on the field.

The ability to break tackles and make opposing defenders miss in open space as a pass-catching back, has separated him from most. He only saw three targets last week, but there should be an increased workload for this divisional matchup.

The return of Sterling Shepard against Denver was a sight to see. He was productive in his first two seasons in the NFL. The former Sooner had a nose for the end zone, and he could take over some games.

Why the Washington Football Team Wins

Even if Ryan Fitzpatrick is out for the time being and misses the rest of the month, Taylor Heinicke will be able to fill the void.

Many forget he somehow outplayed Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes in the postseason against Tampa Bay.

Anything can happen in a postseason game, but winning the consistent divisional contests is what should make this squad a perennial NFC contender.

They had flashes of greatness against an uber-talented Chargers club, but they lacked the explosive offensive plays.

Terry McLaurin made an acrobatic diving catch where he turned his body and head, to haul in an electric gain of 34 yards. Curtis Samuel is on the short-term IR (groin), so playmakers like Logan Thomas will need to emerge.

Thomas hauled in a critical score, and the offensive balance allowed them to stay in the game against the Chargers. Heinicke even ran for 17 yards, but Antonio Gibson is the difference-maker.

Gibson is one of the better backs in the league, and he can do it all.

The running back had a costly and uncharacteristic fumble that turned the game against them. As long as he can hang onto the ball and eclipse 100 yards as he did in Week 1, Washington will walk out victorious.

Giants vs. Washington Prediction

This NFC East battle should be a close one. Washington is more likely to bounce back after its Week 1 loss.

The defensive pressure they put on Justin Herbert was impressive. The offensive struggles by Fitzpatrick in the first quarter put the team in a rut.

Heinicke should be able to move the chains with Gibson and McLaurin providing the fireworks.

Chase Young and the entire defensive line have four, former first-round draft picks. They will continue to get after Daniel Jones. It may not be pretty, but Washington will find a way to come out on top.

Giants vs. Washington Football Team Pick

Washington isn’t laying much of a number here against a struggling offensive squad, but they have an exceptional defense and enough offensive weapons to pull it off.

There is value on the Giants to win this one on the road. However, check out the money line before kickoff.

The pick here is Washington with the points at home.

Pick
  • Washington (-4)
    -110

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