This Thursday, the Washington Football Team is about a 3.5-point favorite as it hosts the New York Giants to kick off Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. After ugly Week 1 losses for both NFC East rivals, this week takes on added importance.
The line opened WFT -4.5 in Las Vegas but has moved in the Giants’ direction in early wagering. As of Tuesday, the number is teetering between 3 and 3.5. Multiple shops, including PointsBet, are dealing WFT -3.5 (even), while DraftKing is showing -3 (-115) and FanDuel offers -3 (-118).
Washington quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a hip injury in the 20-16 loss to the Chargers that will see him sidelined for at least three games. Taylor Heinicke gets the start against a Giants defense that struggled against Teddy Bridgewater and the Denver Broncos in a 27-13 loss.
Giants signal-called Daniel Jones continues to struggle with turnovers, although it’s worth noting that four of his eight wins as a starter have come against Washington.
New York has beaten the Football Team in five straight meetings (4-1 against the spread), a streak Ron Rivera and Co. will be itching to break.
Here’s some information and analysis as you handicap Giants at Washington.
While Heinicke admirably filled in for Fitzpatrick against the Chargers, going 11-of-15 for 122 yards, one touchdown, and no picks, and compiling a 119.3 QB rating, don’t expect an offensive display. Last season’s matchups between these teams produced scores of 20-19 and 23-20, both Giants victories.
This week, BetRivers is in agreement with the market consensus with a total of 41, and even that could be a high bar. For bettors looking to play the OVER, though, 40.5 can be had at FanDuel.
BetMGM offers an intriguing prop of “will both teams score more than 10 points” with NO netting nice value at +340. Neither team to reach 20 points also looks like a solid bet at +310.
These relatively inexperienced quarterbacks will likely struggle against the opposing defense, and DraftKings offers plenty of props to profit off their difficulties.
In his short career, Jones has fumbled an astounding 30 times and tacked on 22 interceptions. Against Chase Young and the rest of Washington’s top-tier defense, it seems probable that Jones will throw at least one pick. DraftKings’ O/U of 0.5 INTs is -155, which you could parlay with UNDER 32.5 pass attempts (-115) for a potential payout at +207 odds.
Heinicke props offer similar odds at -140 for an interception and an O/U of 33.5 pass attempts at -120.
Skill Position Props
Although the game looks to be a rock fight, someone has to score. Each team does boast some explosive skill players. For the Giants, it’s Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, and Sterling Shepard. For the Washington Football Team, Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin lead the way.
Here’s how BetRivers sees their scoring odds:
Barkley: First touchdown +650, Anytime -115
Golladay: First touchdown +1200, Anytime +180
Shepard: First touchdown +1200, Anytime +190
McLaurin: First touchdown +800, Anytime +145
Gibson: First touchdown +550, Anytime -125