December 20, 2009

New York Giants at Washington Redskins Preview and Pick

NFL Football Betting Preview
New York Giants (7-6) at Washington Redskins (4-9)
Monday December 21st, 8:20PM Eastern

Betus.com betting line – Giants -3, 43 ½ O/U

The New York Giants take on the Washington Redskins this Monday night in a NFC East battle from FedEx Field. The Giants will be trying to rebound from a shootout loss to the Eagles last week and gain ground in the wildcard playoff race. Washington has lost 7 of their last 9 games, but they are coming off a 34-13 win over the Raiders last week. The Redskins record may not vindicate how well they have been playing over recent weeks as well. Washington dropped 3 straight games to NFC powerhouses Dallas, Philadelphia, and New Orleans by just 7 points combined. The Redskins actually had both Dallas and New Orleans beat until late scores changed the outcome in the game. Washington now looks to put everything together for 60 full minutes and finally break through and win their first division game of the season.

Over the past few weeks, Redskins QB Jason Campbell has played very solid. Campbell was just 16 of 28 for 222 yards last week, but did compile 2 touchdowns without an interception. The Giants secondary had all types of problems last week stopping the Eagles offense and Campbell will lead efforts to repeat those struggles again this Monday night. Wide receivers Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El can make things difficult for the Giants pass defense which should mean they can make this game interesting.

However, the biggest difference for the Redskins in determining the outcome will likely come from their defense. The Washington pass defense has given up just 188 yards per game this season 4th best among the NFL. Also, the Redskins defensive front has a fierce reputation for getting pressure among quarterbacks and has tallied 36 sacks already this season. Defensive ends Andre Carter and rookie Brian Orakpo are one of the dangerous combinations in the league have compiled 11 sacks a piece. Add to the fact, DT Albert Haynesworth will return to the lineup and the defense could be near 100% for the first time in a few weeks.

The Giants game plan heading into the game will be trying to conquer that strong defensive front and give QB Eli Manning time to throw the football. Manning was absolutely sensational against the Eagles completing 27 of 38 for 391 yards and 3 touchdowns. If not for some big plays allowed on defense and special teams, the Giants offense was plenty strong enough to capture the win a week ago. If they can protect Manning again, receivers like Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, and Hakeem Nicks can provide plenty of excitement catching the football. The opposing factor to that is the relentless pass rush from the Washington defensive front. However, those same guys have shown problems stopping the run as well this season.

It will be interesting to see if the Giants come out trying to pound the ball through the heart of the defense or use the aerial approach. Interestingly enough the Giants have not had a 100 yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw’s 110 yard performance in week 5 against the Raiders. Brandon Jacobs has failed to reach the century mark all season even though he shares a lot of carries with Bradshaw and together they are still quite effective. However with both teams having problems running the football, the Giants could really control the game if they run straight at the Washington defense.

Pick – Manning has bad day and Redskins score the upset. Washington +3

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