New York Giants
(9-6, 7-8 ATS)
(6-9, 7-6-2 ATS)
The G-Men will certainly be scoreboard watching, needless to say. If the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears in a game running concurrently, the visitors will be eliminated from the playoffs regardless of what happens here at FedEx Field. New York needs a win and a Green Bay loss to get into the playoffs. Needless to say, there is going to be a ton of pressure on the shoulders of QB Eli Manning. Manning leads the league in INTs with 24 on the campaign, but he also has 30 TD passes and has thrown for 3,759 yards. The injury report for this week is about eight miles long though, and there are a ton of key pieces to the puzzle that aren’t going to be playing. WR Hakeem Nicks and WR Steve Smith, two of the three best receivers on this team are out, leaving just WR Mario Manningham to do the dirty work on the outside, while the offensive line isn’t going to have its leader, C Shaun O’Hara. That being said, DE Osi Umenyiora, DE Justin Tuck, and the rest of the defense for the Giants is going to be in for a fight as well, as this unit might ultimately make the difference between making the playoffs and missing them.
Last week, the ‘Skins helped put a major dent in the playoff hopes of the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road, but they would take significantly greater pleasure in ending the season of the G-Men this week. QB Rex Grossman has a lot to prove still, though he did pull off the huge upset last week. The temporary starter might be playing for his right to be the full time leader of this ship in DC. He has thrown for 548 yards and five TDs against three picks since replacing QB Donovan McNabb, who appears to be on his way out of DC. On the ground, RB Ryan Torain has played well over the course of the last three weeks since returning from his injured hamstring that cost him four games in the middle of the season. He rumbled for 55 times for 290 yards and a TD over the course of these three games, and though Washington is only 1-2 SU in that stretch, it is 2-0-1 against the NFL betting lines. Defensively, this team is still an embarrassment, allowing an average of 393.5 yards per game, and if this doesn’t pick up, there is just no upset in sight.
Common logic suggests that the Redskins might be poised for an upset, but we just don’t think that this defense is going to be able to hold down the Giants. New York just has too much to play for to blow it now, and though we tend to believe that it isn’t ultimately going to make a difference, the G-Men get to ten wins but be kept home from the postseason.
Pro Football Free Pick: New York Giants -3.5