The New York Giants had won four games in a row, but they had that streak snapped in a home loss to Dallas Sunday. The G-Men will try to restart their rally from an 0-6 start when they visit the Washington Redskins Sunday night.
Point spread: Redskins opened as 1.5-point favorites, but betting pushed the number to even odds by late Tuesday; the total was 45. (Line updates and matchup report)
Odds Shark computer prediction: 17.6-17.2 Giants
Why the Giants can cover the spread
New York started 0-6 this season but is playing much better. The Giants fell behind Dallas Sunday 21-6 but rallied to tie the game before losing on a field goal at the buzzer. At 4-7, New York is on life support, as far as the playoffs are concerned.
But QB Eli Manning isn't turning the ball over like he was earlier in the season, and the defense ranks 12th overall and seventh vs. the run.
Why the Redskins can cover the spread
Washington can still run the ball; it's just having some trouble stopping other teams. The Redskins are out-rushing foes by 35 yards per game, and in the NFL, that's usually a good sign, when it comes to covering point spreads.
Also, the 'Skins have beaten New York three of the last four meetings and have covered the last five games in this series.
Odds Shark's NFL computer is calling for New York to win outright in a very close game that stays under its total. At least the Giants have something to play for, as they sit on the edge of playoff contention. Washington, on the other hand, looks like a lost cause. Go with the motivated G-Men.
- Redskins 5-0 ATS past five games vs Giants
- Redskins 0-3 SU and ATS in divisional games in 2013