The New York Giants host the Washington Football Team in an NFC Least matchup. This is the worst division in football, and as bad as these two teams are, they both have a chance to win the division. The Giants are winless at 0-5, while Washington is 1-4. The Giants won both meetings between these two last year. Game time is Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Washington go with Allen at QBThe Washington Football Team fell to 1-4 after a 30-10 blowout loss to the Rams last week. It was their fourth straight loss, yet, they are still just a game behind the first-place Cowboys. Washington has some issues at quarterback. In the Rams game, starter Dwayne Haskins was benched for Kyle Allen. Allen got knocked out with a concussion, and Alex Smith, who hasn't played in two years due to injury, was brought in. The team confirmed this week that Allen has been cleared to play and will start against the Giants.
After Kyle Allen left due to injury, Alex Smith is coming in at QB for Washington. It will be his first appearance since his injury in Nov. 2018 pic.twitter.com/xZ0i4Jt4DQ— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 11, 2020
Washington has struggled to move the football, no matter who has been under center. They only average 19.8 points per game, which ranks 30th in the NFL. They are also 30th in total yards per game with 327. They average 235 yards per game passing, which is 24th, and 30th in rushing yards per game with just 93. They are also 31st in third-down efficiency. The defense hasn't been much better, as they allow 28 points per game, which ranks 28th in the NFL. They have been relatively stingy in terms of total yards, allowing 338 per game, which ranks 7th. They are 4th in passing yards against and 23rd in rushing yards against.
Giants let victory slip awayGiants quarterback Daniel Jones hasn't instilled a lot of confidence in fans that he is indeed "the guy" with his lackluster play this year. But Jones had a solid game against the Cowboys, going 20 for 33 for 222 yards with no interceptions. But still, the result was the same, as a fourth-quarter rally fell short, and the Giants lost 37-34. Like the Washington Team, they are not out of it yet due to how bad the division is, made worse by the fact that Dak Prescott is out for the year. But if they can't win here against Washington, they should pretty much pack it in and go for the No. 1 pick.
The Giants have the worst offense in the league, averaging anemic 11.8 points per game. They are also last in total yards with 299 per game and 28th in passing yards with 228 per game. Also, they are 31st in rushing yards per game with only 76 per game. While they lost Saquon Barkley, their passing game should be better as they have some pretty good weapons in Evan Engram, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton. They also picked up Devonta Freeman to replace Barkley, who was good against Dallas.
Defensively, the Giants are pretty good. They give up 24 points per game, which ranks 12 in the NFL. Also, they only allow 325 total yards per game, which is 5th in the league. They are 6th best against the pass, allowing just 221 yards per game, and 10th against the run, allowing 121 yards per game.
Stats & Trends
- Washington is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite
- Giants are 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Giants are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Giants are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
Will the Giants finally get a win? I think this is their golden opportunity to get in the win column. They made great strides last week in Dallas, almost pulling off the upset. Dallas's defense is terrible, and Washington's is much better, so it's doubtful New York will score 34 points. But they have a good defense and, as Washington is dealing with a quarterback carousel, the Giants should be able to shut down a lackluster Washington offense. It will probably be an ugly game between two struggling franchises, but the home team should eke out their first win.