Week 2 kicks off on Thursday Night Football in the NFC East as two 0-1 teams look to keep tabs with the Eagles atop the division.
Washington started their season off with a tough 16-20 loss at home to the Chargers. More concerning than a close loss, however, was the injury of starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The veteran passer suffered a Hip Subluxation injury in Week 1 and, will be out for the foreseeable future, replaced by Taylor Heinicke, who led Washington in their playoff loss to the Buccaneers last season. The Washington defense played tough, only surrendering 20 points to a talented Chargers offense, so they did their job and, you expect they’ll be a top tier unit all season. The question is, can the offense hold up their end of the bargain consistently, especially now they’re without Fitzpatrick?
The New York Football Giants lost pretty convincingly at home to a talented Denver Broncos side in Week 1. Daniel Jones again had difficulties holding onto the football after losing a fumble, his 18th lost fumble since entering the league in 2019, and he’s going to have to start looking after the football if he wants to remain a starting NFL QB after 2021. Jones has impressed in his career vs Washington though, he’s 4-0 and has posted 8 TD passes to only 3 INTs in those games and is yet to lose a fumble. The Giants offense relied heavily on Sterling Shepard last week as the oft-injured WR caught 7 of his 9 targets for 113 yards and a TD. Shepard posted 4 or more receptions in 9 of 12 games in 2020 and has 4 or more receptions in 5 of 7 career games against Washington, including his last 3 outings.
Although NYG have has the measure of WFT since Daniel Jones took the reins, they have tended to be close, low scoring affairs with 3 of the 4 games having 40 total match points or fewer, including both games in 2020. Both of these teams rely on their defense to keep them in and win them games, with both sides playing in double-digit games last season that produced under 43 total match points, as well as both teams playing in games last week that produced 40 or less total match points. With this game being played on a short week (only 4 days to prepare) I don’t expect to see an awful lot of scheme-specific creativity from either offense to try and surprise the opposition defense, especially when you consider WFT will be starting their backup QB. These teams know each other very well and I expect the under points total to hit.
Spread: Giants +3.5
Total Match Points line: O/U 41.0
Game Prediction: Giants 21 – 17 Washington
Best Bet: Sterling Shepard over 3.5 receptions & under 44 total match points @ 11/10 with SkyBet. [1.0]