On Monday Night Football this week, the suddenly scorching hot New York Giants travel to Washington to play a division rival in the Redskins, led by outstanding rookie Robert Griffin III. The two engaged in a close and hard-fought shootout in New York a few weeks ago, with the Giants coming out ahead thanks to a late Eli Manning comeback and go ahead touchdown. So how will things shake out in primetime in the backyard of the nation’s capital?
The Giants got off to their typical 6-2 start this season, and then just as typically, they began losing. They lost a game they should have won against Pittsburgh, and then they put on an awful performance against Cincinnati. With a bye week to stew over the chaos they found themselves in, they came back on Sunday night to host the Green Bay Packers, winners of 5 straight.
It was a rematch of two games last year, a game in New York that the Giants almost won against the then undefeated and Super Bowl favorite Packers, and a playoff game in Green Bay which of course the Giants won, themselves eventually winning the Super Bowl. Here, the game was a blow out, with New York surprisingly storming out to a lead and never looking back. All the talk about Eli Manning and the slump and everything else can be put to bed, at least for a short time.
Meanwhile, Washington is also feeling good right now after their Thanksgiving day victory on the road in Dallas. They stormed out to their own huge lead there, although the Cowboys were able to make things interesting, at least on the scorecard, in the second half. At 5-6, the Redskins are still hanging their hats on very slim playoff hopes. If they want to be in the mix for that final Wild Card spot, they’ll need to get a win here at home.
RGIII has been playing out of his mind. He’s not just great for a rookie, he’s great for anybody, and considering the injuries the team has been dealing with, his performances have been exceptional.
Now, onto the official predictions & odds for the game. The Giants are 2.5 point road favorites against the Redskins on Monday night. You could also take New York straight up at -145, or Washington at +125. The over/under line for the game has been set at a combined 51 points, thanks likely to New York’s tendency to both score with and allow plenty of big plays.
The problem for Washington is that New York’s pass rush seems resurgent right now, the whole team is riding high with confidence, and Eli Manning looks back to form. It will be too much for the Redskins to overcome. Take the Giants to win the game and cover the spread, further solidifying their status atop the NFC East as they look to build up momentum for another potential deep run into the postseason.