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Wayne Gallman Week 4 Odds: Can Gallman Shine with Barkley Out?

Hans Themistode

by Hans Themistode in NFL Football

Updated Mar 30, 2020 · 3:13 PM PDT

Can Wayne Gallman provide the Giants with solid production in Barkley's absence? Photo from @washington_time (Twitter)
  • With star running back Saquon Barkley on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, backup Wayne Gallman will have a chance to show what he can really do
  • Gallman could be in line for a big day against the Redskins defense
  • Can Gallman make Giants fans forget about Barkley for at least one week?

The New York Giants came out of Sunday’s 32-31 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feeling bittersweet.

After years of subpar quarterback play, they seem to have their man of the future in Daniel Jones. He came in and lit the scoreboard up for 336 yards and a couple touchdowns excelling both through the air and on the ground.

Unfortunately for Giants fans, in the process of finding their new signal caller, they lost arguably the best running back in the entire league in Saquon Barkley. The second year star will miss roughly 4-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Backup Wayne Gallman stepped in but didn’t provide much as he ran the ball 5 times for 13 yards for an average of 2.6 yards per carry. There is some reason to believe that he will be better in the Giants Week 4 matchup against the Washington Redskins.

Wayne Gallman Week 4 Rushing Totals

Total Rushing Yards Odds
Over 62.5 -115
Under 62.5 -115

*Odds Taken 09/25/2019

Redskins Struggle Against the Run

Gallman may not have been impressive in his game against the Buccaneers but that could be mainly due to their strength in stopping the run. That defense, which is spearheaded by defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, ranks sixth in the league in stopping the run as they’ve allowed only 69.7 yards per game through the first three weeks of the season.

The Redskins on the other hand, are putrid in that department. They rank towards the bottom, giving up 142 yards per game on the ground which places them 29th in the league. That would seemingly play right into the hands of the Giants who currently rank 9th in the league in rushing yards per game with 117.3


117.3 Rushing Yards Per Game vs Rushing Yards Allowed 142
872 Total Rushing Yards vs Allowed 783


The numbers for the Giants are a bit skewed. They might rank near the top of the league in rushing yards but that was with Barkley. Gallman on the other hand will have to live up to those numbers – or at least try to.

Fortunately for him, he’ll have a little bit of help to keep the defense honest.

The Daniel Jones Effect

Jones was special this past Sunday, it may have been just one game but he has gotten the attention of everyone around the league. With no Barkley in the backfield to keep the defense guessing, Jones is going to need some help.


Gallman is going to have his opportunities. Unlike Barkley who faces stacked boxes every game, Gallman won’t face those issues. The defense will most likely look to take away the big plays through the air, which means Gallman should get plenty of chances to prove what he is capable of doing but the under 62.5 yards seems like the smart play.

Odds Wayne Gallman Scored a TD in Week 4

Outcome Odds
Yes +150
No -200

This is a tricky one.

This might be his third year in the league but with such little playing time he is a relatively unknown commodity at this point. For as bad as the Redskins have been, they’ve only given up two scores on the ground.

The safe bet is to stay away from this one all together. However, if I’m forced to pick, go with Gallman not scoring a touchdown.

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