Washington Redskins (+6.5)* at New York Giants
The perfect storm is brewing. The Giants just snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win in Tennessee, and now head home to face an absolutely awful Redskins team without a quarterback. Not a bad quarterback. Currently, no quarterback.
At the time of this writing, any of the three quarterbacks Washington has started this year are potentially playing this week – Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy, and Kirk Cousins. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter who plays. At least, not when picking the game against the spread. In fact, Washington will beat the spread, regardless.
Take into account everything that defines the number of points given from the Giants. They are probably a touchdown better than the Redskins on a given week. But, on this week, one week after the Giants finally stopped their skid — the pressure had been mounting and has since been released — taking on a team with an extended losing streak, in itself, amid controversy, the number continues to tilt in the Giants’ favor.
Therefore, we lean towards the Redskins.
If the Giants’ victory against the Titans was so inspiring, shouldn’t Washington’s Week 7 win against the same lowly Titans be equally valid? The fact remains, both the Giants and Redskins are terrible teams, and considering one explosive output enough to change course is overlooking the real impact of New York’s win – the Giants now look like a good team. But they’re not.
Washington has critics to silence and a Week 4 blowlout loss to avenge. The Giants are still a turnover-prone mess with one win since mid-October. Their only edge comes from the consistency they have shown in recent years — New York hasn’t finished with more than nine losses since 2004.
The Giants win by a field goal, but Washington beats the spread.