Gear up for a tight one, as the New York Giants opened as slight 3.5-point favorites over the Washington Redskins in their Week 14 matchup at FedEx Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm EST on December 9th.
New York’s offense goes when Eli Manning is on and tends to falter when he’s off. Their 13th-ranked passing attack is the reason for the 22.3 points per game they score (19th). But Manning wouldn’t be enjoying this much success without his top pass-catcher, Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants’ rushing attack has also been pretty good, churning out 4.6 yards per tote (11th), but they have just preferred taking to the air. And when your quarterback has thrown for 3,263 yards and 15 TDs (21st), no one is going to argue.
The connection between Manning and Beckham Jr (1,052 receiving yards and six TDs) this season has been phenomenal. But after a bit of a quiet game against the Bears last week, where they only hooked up for 35 yards and one touchdown, expect Manning to be looking for Beckham Jr early and often in Week 14.
Saying New York’s defense prides themselves on defending the pass is a bit hyperbolic. They are better against the pass than run, but they’re not really good at stopping either method of attack. The Giants are giving up 252.8 yards per game through the air (20th), and 124.9 rushing (24th). Unsurprisingly, the result is teams scoring 26.3 PPG against them, which is 25th in the league.
Fortunately, New York’s defense avoids any sort of offensive powerhouse this week, when they meet the Redskins. Washington is scoring just 19.4 points per game (27th) and are now resigned to starting Mark Sanchez at QB after Alex Smith and backup Colt McCoy suffered season-ending injuries.
Even when Smith and McCoy were healthy, Washington had trouble moving the ball through the air. Smith only threw for 2,180 yards with a 10:5 touchdown to interception ratio before getting injured. Their deplorable passing attack has led to defenses loading the box to slow Adrian Peterson.
Washington needs to get Sanchez comfortable and involved early with some easy completions in their Week 14 matchup against the Giants, as solely relying on their ground game has not shown positive results.
On the other side of the ball, Washington’s defense has been stingy. They’re permitting just 21.4 points per game, ranking eighth in the league. They’ve done such a great job keeping teams out of the endzone thanks to their ability to force turnovers. The Redskins have generated 21 turnovers this season, the fourth-most in the NFL. Ball security will be vital for New York against this ball-hawking defense in Week 14.
The last meeting between these two came on October 28th, 2018, when Washington overpowered the Giants, 20-13. The Redskins were 1.0-point favorites in that game.