Week 3 of the NFL season kicks off with the New York Giants hosting Washington on Thursday Night Football. The Giants opened as a field goal favorite, but the line has climbed as high as four points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The point total opened at 45 points, but has slipped to 44. The moneyline has New York at -180 and Washington at +160.
New York has won four straight against the spread and straight up against Washington, outscoring them 113-50 in those games. The Giants are 0-2 to start the season, having blown a double-digit fourth quarter lead and failing to cover in both games.
New York will likely be without left tackle Ereck Flowers, who has been declared doubtful with an ankle injury. Justin Pugh will move from left guard to left tackle, and John Jerry will move in at guard.
The Giants will also be without wide receiver Victor Cruz, who continues to rehab his calf injury and has been ruled out. Eli Manning will continue to look to Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle during Cruz’s absence. Linebacker Jon Beason could make his 2015 debut. He has been rehabbing a knee injury, and got in a pair of full participation practices.
Washington is 1-1 straight up and against the spread to start the season, having lost to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1, and beaten the St. Louis Rams in Week 2. Washington is 4-10 against the spread and 1-13 straight up in its last 14 road games according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and 3-7-1 against the spread in its last 11 games on the road against the Giants.
Washington will be without wide receiver DeSean Jackson due to a hamstring injury. He has been ruled out, and Ryan Grant is expected to start opposite Pierre Garcon. Linebacker Perry Riley is questionable with a calf injury. He sat out all three days of practice this week.
The total has gone UNDER in six of the last seven games between these two teams, and the last five in New Jersey. The OddsShark Computer is projecting a close Giants victory, 25.5-23.6. That would provide for a Washington cover and an UNDER result.