The early slate of games on Sunday afternoon includes an NFC East Division rivalry between the Washington Football Team and New York Giants. With the two teams already having been eliminated from playoff contention, this Week 18 matchup sets up as the season finale for both. Given the historic nature of this longstanding rivalry, both sides will undoubtedly show up to play. Ending the season on a positive note will also be a priority. The NFL betting odds currently list the visitors as a sizeable favorite ahead of this Washington vs Giants contest.
The following Washington vs Giants NFL betting preview will give you the current odds, betting trends and picks for the Week 18 matchup, along with a stream link to watch games all season long.
Washington vs Giants Week 18 NFL Betting Preview
NFL Regular Season — Week 18
Washington Football Team (6-10, 3-5 Away) vs. New York Giants (4-12, 3-4 Home)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 9, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Venue: MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, NJ
Coverage: Click here for the stream
Washington Football Team Preview
It was only five weeks ago that Washington was nipping at the heels of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East Division standings. Unfortunately, things went south big-time from there. Ron Rivera’s team has now lost four straight and finds itself already eliminated from postseason contention entering Week 18. After a strong start last week that culminated in a 16-7 halftime lead, Washington was shut out in the second half and lost 20-16 at home to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sunday’s game might very well be the last chance for Taylor Heinicke to prove his worth as an NFL starting quarterback. On the bright side, Washington will have top RB Antonio Gibson back from virus protocols this week. Meanwhile, what was presumed to be one of the best defensive fronts in the league will be further depleted in Week 18. Chase Young has been out for several weeks, and fellow edge rusher Montez Sweat will also be unavailable for this regular-season finale. An inability to generate pressure consistently has been a big part of why Washington ranks 28th in adjusted pass defense on the season.
New York Giants Preview
For the Giants and their fans, this NFL betting season simply cannot come to an end soon enough. The decision to shut down starting quarterback Daniel Jones several weeks ago was justified given that New York was well out of playoff contention. Unfortunately, the result has been some pretty atrocious offensive football. The Giants have only exceeded 10 points scored once in their last five games, each of them losses.
With Mike Glennon having been ruled out for Week 18 with a wrist injury, former Georgia Bulldog Jake Fromm will get another opportunity to start at quarterback on Sunday. While the Washington secondary is certainly ripe for exposure, the Giants’ may lack the ability to do so with a third-string QB under center. Expect New York to aim to get star RB Saquon Barkley involved as they try to give the home fans something to cheer about. While not much should be expected on offense, the Giants’ defense has been very solid when playing at home this season. Only two of New York’s seven previous opponents at MetLife Stadium have scored more than 21 points.
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Washington vs Giants Betting Odds and NFL Picks Against the Spread
NFL betting odds for Washington vs Giants are taken from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Moneyline: WAS: (-300) | NYG: (+250)
Spread: WAS: -7 (-110) | NYG: +7 (-110)
Total: 37.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: WAS: (74%) | NYG: (26%)
Washington vs Giants NFL Betting Trends
- Football Team is 6-9-1 ATS and 7-9 to the Over this season.
- Giants are 6-10 ATS and 5-10-1 to the Over this season.
- The total has gone under in eight of the Football Team’s last 11 games.
- Giants are 0-5 ATS in their last five games.
- Giants are 5-1 both SU and ATS in their last six head-to-head matchups against the Football Team.
Washington vs Giants Stats
- Washington is averaging 19.6 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 22 in the NFL).
- Washington is surrendering 26.7 PPG this season (No. 28 in the NFL).
- New York is averaging 15.7 PPG this season (No. 31 in the NFL).
- New York is surrendering 24.6 PPG this season (No. 23 in the NFL).
Washington vs Giants Prediction
This Washington vs Giants NFL betting prediction uses NumberFire’s game projections. They give Washington a 59.6% chance to win this Week 18 matchup.
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