The Washington Football Team and New York Giants are destined to watch the playoffs from the couch this season. This means their final showdown in Week 18 has no significance beyond the fact that it provides an opportunity for one team to finish on a positive note. If the NFL odds were any indication, that team is the Football Team.
Lookahead NFL betting lines projected a modest 3.5-point point spread for this game with Washington to the good ahead of Week 17. At the close of the penultimate round of the NFL season, markets went to press with Washington tipped as the 6.5-point road favorites – almost double the initial anticipated NFL line for this game. That’s quite the indictment of the Giants at home by the oddsmakers.
Washington Football Team vs. New York Giants
Sunday, January 9, 2022 – 1:00 PM EST at MetLife Stadium
Washington Looks to Sweep Giants
Washington is coming off a disappointing 20-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the nation’s capital, a defeat that officially eliminated the Football Team from the playoffs as they slipped to a 6-10-0 mark.
Ron Rivera’s side started brightly and even had the 10-0 lead before the Eagles turned the tables and took control of the game. Rivera complimented the spirit and fight his team showed in his post-game press conference. "The biggest thing is they fought, they played hard, they gave themselves a chance at the end,'' he said. "That's all you can ask for."
Considering Washington had come off a brutal and demoralizing 56-14 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys the week before, Washington certainly deserves some credit for the performance they deposited against the Eagles in Week 17. However, mistakes and sloppy play cost them the game, once again, in the end – a theme that’s been prevalent throughout their 2021 campaign.
Taylor Heinicke had a shot to steal the win for Washington in the final minutes of the game. Heinicke took a shot at the end zone from 20 yards out, but he overthrew the ball and it was intercepted. Game over. Season over.
Of course, this isn’t to suggest Heinicke’s inconsistency and unpredictability are at the root cause of Washington’s issues. It was but one factor. The progressive decimation of the roster through injuries and covid-19 was another big factor that impacted the team from week to week. Heck, it reared its ugly head against the Eagles, too, as tight end Ricky Seals-Jones had a scary collision with a cameraman.
Giants Limp to Finish Line
The Giants were eliminated from playoff contention a few weeks ago, so they’ve had some time to come to terms with the disappointment of another campaign that ended prematurely. Unfortunately, it hasn’t inspired or motivated the G-men at all. On the contrary, the product that Joe Judge has fielded is so cringingly embarrassing that it leaves much to be desired.
Since the start of December, the Giants haven’t won a single game. They’re riding a five-game losing streak into Week 18, capped off by a 29-3 loss to the Bears that marked a new nadir for Judge’s shabby excuse of a team last Sunday.
It’s impossible to compete in games, let alone win them, with an anemic offense anchored by shoddy quarterback play. Backup Mike Glennon and rookie Jake Fromm have each taken turns for the G-men since Daniel Jones was ruled out with a season-ending neck injury, but neither has distinguished himself.
Glennon was responsible for four turnovers in the Giants’ latest loss, effectively gift-wrapping the game for their hosts. Reports suggest Judge is reverting back to Fromm for the final game of the season. It seems Glennon suffered a season-ending wrist injury against the Bears.
Fromm made his NFL debut against the Eagles in Week 16. In his own words, his account couldn’t have been worse. That says it all, doesn’t it? “I don’t think it gets much worse than that,’’ Fromm said of his first NFL start that amounted to a total of 25 yards passing over two and half quarters before Judge pulled the plug and trotted out Mike Glennon. Glennon didn’t improve the situation and the Giants went on to lose 34-10.
NFL Picks and Predictions
Ron Rivera’s side beat the Giants 30-29 on a last-gasp field goal in Week 2 of the season. A lot has happened to both rosters since that early-season meeting, including a slew of injuries that change the makeup of both teams.
As things currently stand, both teams aren’t good at all. However, put against each other, Washington is hands down the better team, and unlike the Giants, who appear to have tapped out weeks ago, the Football Team hasn’t quit on Rivera.
Washington has shown admirable fight and grit in the face of adversity. They’re competing regardless of the circumstances, and that attitude underscores the market for this game, which doubled in their favor since lookahead lines went to press last week. It’s also the kind of quality and characteristic that makes Washington the choice bet for NFL picks here.
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