Washington Football Team vs. New York Giants Week 2 Betting Preview, Odds, and Prediction

Can the Washington Football Team win with backup Taylor Heinicke at quarterback in primetime Thursday night football versus the Giants at FedEx Field? Find out as we preview this pivotal NFC East showdown marking Week 2 of the NFL.
Nikki Adams
Wed, September 15, 5:06 AM EDT

Washington Football Team vs. New York Giants Week 2 Betting Preview, Odds, and Prediction

Date: Thursday, September 16

Game Time: 8:20 PM ET

Location: FedEx Field Stadium, Landover, Maryland

TV Network: NFL Network

Washington Football Team Record: (0-1-0 SU, 0-1-0 ATS)

New York Giants Record: (0-1-0 SU, 0-1-0 ATS)

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Washington Football Team vs. New York Giants Week 2 Betting Odds Preview 

The Washington Football Team and the New York Giants will be looking to bounce back in Week 2 after suffering disappointing losses in their respective season home openers. However, only one of these NFC East rivals will get back on track in this must-win Thursday night showdown.

As per the NFL odds for Washington Football Team vs. New York Giants, the hosts have a better chance to get into the win column. However, the NFL odds and lines for this game have been trending down.

Washington opened as the 3.5-point favorite against the spread, but the line is already down to -3 across most market operators. At the same time, the hosts are the -165 favorite on the moneyline after opening at -225, while the Giants are the underdogs at +145 after opening at +185.

Washington Football Team Betting Odds & Overview

WFT closed as the 2-point home chalk ahead of their season opener versus the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, but they barely whiffed at the line as they succumbed to a 20-16 defeat at FedEx Field. Perhaps, the worst outcome was the injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), which is likely to see him miss several weeks, if not more, of action.

Backup Taylor Heinicke stepped in for Fitzpatrick in the first quarter. Considering Taylor didn’t expect to play, he wasn’t too shabby. Heinicke went 11-of-15 for 122 passing yards and a touchdown. He had zero interceptions as well. Running back Antonio Gibson rushed for 90 yards on 20 carries, but he fumbled the ball twice and lost the fumble once. While Terry McLaurin totted up 62 yards on four receptions and Logan Thomas had 30 yards and a touchdown on three receptions.

Washington’s vaunted defense got two sacks, with Jonathan Allen proving to be the most disruptive (1 sack and 3 QB hits). However, in the final six minutes of the game, Washington’s defense came up short. Justin Herbert marched the Chargers downfield and into Washington territory, coming up with some big plays on third downs that effectively helped the Chargers drain the clock and clinch the important W.

New York Giants Betting Odds & Overview

If the New York Giants uninspiring season home opener, which resulted in a 27-13 loss to the Denver Broncos, is anything to go by, then Giants fans are in for another long, disappointing season. It was an ugly defeat. The Broncos led 27-7 until Daniel Jones rushed for a final score to draw the Giants closer on the scoreboard up to the last minute.

Jones, who’s entering his third year with the Giants, struggled for the better part of all four quarters. He went 22-of-37 for 267 yards passing and a touchdown, and he rushed for 27 yards and a touchdown. Then, however, he lost a fumble that proved costly and crushed the Big Blue’s spirit. It was his 30th career fumble, and 18th lost fumble in 28 games. If there were an award for “Top Fumbler” or “Mr. Fumbles,” it would go to Jones without question. He led the league in fumbles in 2019 and 2020, and he’s off to a smashing start in the fumble race this season already.

As bad as Jones was, so too was the rest of the team. The Giants defense was M-I-A as it allowed the Broncos to put up a total of 420 yards. Passing for 255 yards and 165 rushing yards. The run game barely made any inroads, scampering for just 60 yards in total on 20 attempts. The passing offense lacked imagination with just 254 yards passing and a touchdown. Even head coach Joe Judge was guilty of an error or two in judgment during the game that calls into question his coaching know-how.

Washington Football Team vs. New York Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Giants +145 +3 (+102) Over 41 (+100)
WFT -165 -3 (-110) Under 41 (-105)

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Washington Football Team vs. New York Giants Week 2 Betting Preview & Prediction

Although both the WFT and the Giants are coming off losses in Week 1, there’s more concern in New York’s camp about Jones’ slow development and poor ball security than there is in Washington’s camp after losing Fitzpatrick and resorting to backup Heinicke. That’s pretty telling. It’s also a cause for concern, as Jones is set to face an even tougher rushing defense this week.

Jones does have a rather intriguing statistic: he’s 4-0 SU against the WFT in his career. At the face of it, the record is impressive. In reality, it’s not, though. The Giants did sweep Rivera’s side last season. However, both games came relatively early in the season when Washington was still struggling to find reliable quarterback play. Both victories were nominal. Jones got the better of a Kyle Allen-inspired side 20-19 in Week 6 and an Alex Smith-inspired side 23-20 in Week 9 – the latter of which was Smith’s first game as the starter.

All told, this game is tough to predict for NFL picks because of the question marks at the quarterback positions. It’s a quick turnaround for both Heinicke and Jones. Will they be ready for a must-win game? Push comes to shove; Washington at home is probably the more reliable bet than the Giants on the road. 

NFL Pick: Washington Football Team -3 

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