New York Giants @ Washington Redskins Odds

Quarterback Abyss

More than anything, the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. That’s why comparing and contrasting opposing signal callers is a good starting point when betting — unless it’s this game. We mean, who has the worse quarterback situation entering Week 14 — New York or Washington?

The Redskins are down to their third quarterback after season-ending injuries to Alex Smith and Colt McCoy in the past three weeks. Under center for Washington this Sunday will be Mark Sanchez. Yes, the quarterback infamously remembered for the “butt fumble” is still in the NFL. The Sanchize will be making his first start since 2015.

As for the Giants, head coach Pat Shurmur has to reassure the media Eli Manning is still the team’s starter every single week. Manning’s above-average stat line — 3,263 yards, 15 touchdowns, and eight picks for 93.7 quarterback rating — this season is actually deceiving. A quick look at the tape shows Manning has become a checkdown specialist, rarely throwing past the first-down marker despite the offensive explosion elsewhere in the NFL.

It’s been a fall from grace for both, who once shared quarterbacking duties in the Big Apple simultaneously. Of course, Manning won two Super Bowls, while Sanchez led the Jets to back-to-back AFC championship berths. Sunday’s meeting, and what remains of the 2018 season, is shaping up to be the final chapter in both’s memorable careers. 

Giants @ Redskins Head-to-Head Trends

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    New York has beaten Washington six of the last ten times

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    Giants have covered the spread in six of the prior ten games against the Redskins

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    The under has hit seven of the past ten times both teams have met

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    Washington won 20-13 in the team's first meeting this season on October 28

Game Preview

It was only two months ago and some change that these two faced in New York, a game which Washington won 20-13 to improve to 5-2 and send the Giants to 1-7. That game feels like light years ago given what’s happened since. 

Ever since that de feat, the Giants (4-8) are actually trending upward — and that success is coming against backup quarterbacks. They’ve won three of the last four games, and all those victories came against teams led by Nick Mullens, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Chase Daniel. None of the three signal callers were atop their team’s depth chart in preseason. So what’s one more backup on Sunday, right? 

The Skins (6-6) have lost three straight since Smith’s horrific leg injury. However, it’s been the once-vaunted defense that’s struggled just as mightily as the depleted offense. After allowing opponents to score over 28 points just twice before Smith’s injury, they’ve now given that up in back-to-back contests. 

We expect those struggles to continue for Washington’s defense. It’s certainly not talent holding back the Giants offense. Between Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham, and Evan Engram, New York has one of the best running back, wide receiver, and tight end combos in the league. They could bust one on any given play against this vulnerable defense. 

This matchup also rekindles the Beckham-Josh Norman feud, which was once the most bitter in the NFL. That’s subdued steadily, mostly because Beckham has dominated Norman since coming to Washington via Carolina. In the first meeting, Beckham went off for eight catches and 136 yards.  

In betting, you have to ride the trends and that’s the Giants up and Redskins down. A rusty Sanchez will only add to Washington’s troubles come Sunday.

Pick: New York (-4)