Sunday, November 8, 2020, FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland, 1 p.m. ET
Giants at Washington Betting Preview: Giants (+3/-128), Seahawks (-3/+104)
New York Giants
Tensions are rising as the losses keep mounting for Big Blue. The Giants blew an 11-point lead for the second straight week in Monday night’s 25-23 loss at home to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Daniel Jones’ sophomore slump continued with two more interceptions, giving him at least one turnover in every game this season.
Golden Tate, whose brilliant touchdown catch with 33 seconds left gave New York a chance to win, had just two receptions on three targets and expressed his frustrations. He reportedly channeled his inner Keyshawn Johnson, yelling “Throw me the damn ball!” toward the Giants’ sideline. The team responded by asking Tate to stay home on Wednesday.
Also missing practice Wednesday were cornerback Ryan Lewis (hamstring) and running back Devonta Freeman (ankle). Linebackers Blake Martinez (hamstring) and Devante Downs (shoulder), cornerback Logan Ryan (hip) and wideout Sterling Shepard (shoulder, toe) were all limited practice participants.
Washington Football Team
Washington (2-5) got healthier during its bye week. Defensive end Montez Sweat (concussion), tight end Logan Thomas (ankle), left tackle Geron Christian (knee) and wideout Isaiah Wright (shoulder) all practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
Last time out, Kyle Allen passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns, rookie third-rounder Antonio Gibson rushed for 128 yards and a score, and newly promoted team captain Terry McLaurin caught seven passes for 90 yards and a TD in a 25-3 win against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7.
That snapped a five-game losing streak for Washington, which allowed just 142 yards against Dallas. Sweat collected two of the team’s six sacks and No. 2 overall pick Chase Young made it four straight games with at least one tackle for loss. Defensive mainstay Ryan Kerrigan remains with the team despite reports earlier this week that he requested a trade. Washington is looking to win back-to-back home games for the first time since October 2018.
Giants at Washington Betting Pick for Week 9
The Giants have swept the last four meetings with NFC East rival Washington, including a 20-19 win in Week 6 for coach Joe Judge’s maiden and so far solo NFL victory. However, New York is coming off a short week and Washington is coming off a bye week. The Giants will keep it close — their four road losses this season were decided by a combined 16 points.
Washington has the NFL’s No. 4 defense (309.1 yards per game) but has only come up with nine takeaways so far, including one fumble recovery. That trend is likely to change on Sunday considering Jones’ ball-control issues with nine interceptions and four lost fumbles.
Giants at Washington Betting Pick:
Washington 21, Giants 17
Giants at Washington Best Bet for Week 9
When these teams met three weeks ago in East Rutherford, N.J., “Riverboat Ron” gambled and lost. Down by one with 43 seconds left, Rivera elected to go for two instead of playing it safe with the PAT and overtime. Allen couldn’t find an open man and the conversion failed.
Rivera’s risk didn’t pan out, but it showed confidence in his club. With a “play to win” attitude, an NFC Least title is on the table.
Giants at Washington Best Bet: UNDER 41.5 (-112)