Giants vs. Washington Football Team Player Prop Bets – NFL, Week 2 (2021)

| September 15, 2021 9:52 am PDT

The NFC East will have their first matchup of the season as the New York Giants take on the Washington Football Team. Both teams opened the season with a loss, but Washington took a much bigger hit.

Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a hip injury that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.

This may not be the most exciting game, but we can spice things up with some player prop bets.

So, let’s check out my favorite for the Thursday Night Football matchup.

Daniel Jones Over 19.5 Completions (-130)

Most people consider Daniel Jones a bottom 10 quarterback in the league. Jones is just 8-19 in his career. However, he is 4-0 against the Washington Football Team.

Let’s look at his completions in his four victories over Washington.

  • 2019 Week 4: 23 completions
  • 2019 Week 16: 28 completions
  • 2020 Week 6: 12 completions
  • 2020 Week 9: 23 completions

I don’t know what it is, but Jones has Washington’s number.

Can he remain undefeated against the Football Team? Well, it depends how he performs against an elite Washington defense.

Washington had a tough time defending Justin Herbert in their 20-16 loss in Week 1. The Los Angeles Chargers had their way on third down, going 14-19.

Obviously, Jones is nowhere near as talented as Herbert. However, he does have a great group of pass-catchers. The Giants have Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, and Sterling Shepherd.

New York is the underdog here. It will probably be a low-scoring game, but I think we see the Giants lean on Jones as they ease Saquon Barkley back into action.

It will probably be close but I think we see Jones complete more than 19.5 passes on Thursday night.

Taylor Heinicke Over 19.5 Rushing Yards (-125)

Taylor Heinicke made a name for himself following his performance in the playoffs last season. He opened this season as a backup but an injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick means Heinicke will be the starter for the foreseeable future.

The Washington Football Team knows exactly what they’re getting in Heinicke. He is a mobile quarterback who is capable of leading his team to victory.

Heinicke has appeared in three games with Washington. Let’s check out his rushing stats.

Game Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards
2020 Week 16 3 22
2020 Wild-Card Round 6 46
2021 Week 1 3 17

And it’s impressive when you consider he only started in one of those games.

The New York Giants have a solid secondary that includes James Bradberry and Adoree’ Jackson. There will be plays where Heinicke won’t have a receiver open and he’ll have to use his legs to pick up yards.

Last week, the Giants allowed Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to rush for 19 yards on three attempts.

Honestly, I think this bet comes down to how much Heinicke wants to run. Washington likely won’t call any designed run plays for him. That means, it’ll be on him to pick up the yards via scrambling.

He just needs a few rushes to hit the over.

Kenny Golladay Over 3.5 Receptions (-135)

This offseason, the New York Giants placed an emphasis on upgrading their wide receiver core.

They made their move in free agency, signing top wide receiver Kenny Golladay to a four-year, $72 million deal. That’s the kind of money you give to an elite wide receiver.

Golladay dealt with a hamstring injury in the preseason and admitted that the Giants offense would likely start out slow.

However, Golladay had a solid performance in his Giants debut.

  • 4 receptions
  • 6 targets
  • 64 yards

That’s definitely a solid performance considering he was going up against an elite Denver Broncos secondary. He’ll have his work cut out for him with another tough matchup.

I imagine we’ll see William Jackson matched up against Golladay.

Jackson made his Washington debut last week. He recorded an interception and two passes defended.

Golladay uses his 6’ 4” frame to high point the ball. That’s what makes him such a tough wide receiver to defend.

The Washington Football Team is the favorite for Thursday night’s game. I think we’ll see Jones air it out with Golladay being his top option. If he can produce against the Broncos secondary, I trust that he can record over 3.5 receptions against Washington.

Logan Thomas Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+180)

This is a more volatile bet, but I like the odds here.

Logan Thomas switched from quarterback to tight end a few years ago, but he didn’t have success until last season.

He scored six touchdowns, including one in the Washington Football Team’s first matchup with the New York Giants.

Last week, Thomas caught Heinicke’s only touchdown pass.

Can he start the 2021 season with back-to-back touchdown games?

Thomas’ 6’ 6” frame makes him a big target in the red zone. He is a mismatch for most linebackers and can box out most safeties.

Washington’s other options in the red zone include Terry McLaurin and running back Antonio Gibson. McLaurin draws a tough matchup against James Bradberry. McLaurin is capable of winning the matchup but he’ll have his hands full. Gibson is a better option closer to the goal line.

It’s clear that Heinicke has established chemistry with Thomas.

In last year’s playoff game, Thomas had five receptions for 74 yards. His nine targets ranked second on the team.

Touchdown scorer bets are definitely risky but it’s all about playing the odds. The odds allow you to earn some serious money if your player hits the bet. That’s exactly why I’m going with Thomas.

Sterling Shepherd Under 0.5 Rushing Yards (-130)

It’s not often that you see a wide receiver have a rushing yards prop but here we are.

Every three games or so, the New York Giants give Sterling Shepherd a rushing attempt or two. In 2019, he had a four-game streak with at least one rushing attempt.

In the Joe Judge, Jason Garrett Era, Shepherd has five games in which he attempted at least one rush.

Let’s check out his numbers from each game.

2020 Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards
Week 2 1 6
Week 9 1 18
Week 12 1 4
Week 15 1 -3
Week 17 2 24

The Week 9 game was against the Washington Football Team.

Shepherd likely hits the over if he attempts a rush. That’s a big if though, considering he didn’t attempt a rush in seven games last season. He also didn’t attempt one last week against the Denver Broncos.

Honestly, it’s hard to tell when the Giants will have Shepherd run the ball. It’s probably something they won’t decide until the middle of the game.

I do think the Giants would rather see rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney operate in a gadget-like role. I think he is the Giants best option if they try a reverse or trick play.

My Top TNF Player Prop Bet for Week 2

If I had to pick one player prop bet for Thursday Night Football, I would go with Daniel Jones Over 0.5 Interceptions (-150).

Jones has 22 career interceptions in 28 games. He has three interceptions in four career games against the Washington Football Team. Their elite defense should force Jones into at least one turnover.

Hopefully, I can help you win some money this week. Perhaps Dan Vasta can do the same.

Check out his Giants vs. Football Team betting preview to find out how to bet on this game beyond player props.

Nicholas Sterling
Nicholas Sterling

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