The New York Giants looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL after the first two weeks of the season, but one win has changed New York’s outlook as the team travels to Washington for an NFC East showdown on Thursday Night Football.
Both teams covered the spread last week, with the Giants beating the Houston Texans 30-17 at home as 1.5-point favorites and the Redskins coming off a tough 37-34 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles as 4-point underdogs.
Some have compared New York’s 0-2 start to the 2007 team that did the same thing before going on a six-game winning streak and eventually winning the Super Bowl. While it’s still way too early to tell if the Giants are championship material, bettors appear to be backing them for the second week in a row. Last week, they opened as home underdogs before closing as favorites. Now New York is a 3.5-point road dog at Washington, according to sports books monitored by OddsShark.com after opening as high as +5 in Las Vegas.
The Redskins are 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings with the Giants and earned their only win of the season at home in Week 2. The NFL odds show them closing as 5-point favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 41-10 rout, as starting quarterback Robert Griffin III injured his ankle in that game and was replaced by Kirk Cousins, who then made his first start of the year at Philadelphia last week. Cousins played very well against the Eagles, throwing for 427 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He kept Washington in the game throughout and will look to take advantage of a New York defense that surrendered 60 points in the first two games.
This Redskins vs. Giants matchup has betting trends favoring just one of the teams. Despite going 1-10 straight-up in its last 11 games dating back to last season, Washington has gone 5-2 SU and ATS in its last seven games as a home favorite and 5-2 ATS in its past seven against NFC East opponents. For bettors who like to wager on totals, consider a play on the UNDER, which has cashed in the last five meetings between the teams according to the OddsShark NFL Database and is 5-1 in the past six Redskins home games vs. the NFC East.