New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has yet to live up to expectations after being selected with the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, winning only eight of his 27 career starts. However, the 24-year-old from Duke has done exceptionally well against the Washington Football Team, winning every matchup to account for half of his win total. Jones will attempt to improve to 5-0 in the all-time series when the Giants visit Washington for an NFC East showdown on Thursday Night Football. Jones had his best performance as a pro versus Washington, setting career-highs with 352 passing yards and five touchdowns in a 41-35 overtime win on the road in Week 16 of his 2019 rookie campaign.
Kickoff from FedEx Field in Landover, Md., is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Washington is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Giants vs. Washington odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 40.5. Before locking in your Washington vs. Giants picks, check out the NFL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Giants vs. Washington spread: Washington -3.5
- Giants vs. Washington over-under: 40.5 points
- Giants vs. Washington money line: New York +145, Washington -170
- NYG: Giants coach Joe Judge is 2-0 all-time against Washington
- WAS: WFT is plus-one on turnovers
Why Washington can cover
Even though it lost the opener, Washington held a potent Los Angeles Chargers team to just 20 points. Defensive tackle Jonathan Allen had a sack to go along with three tackles, including one solo. Last season, he was the team's fourth-leading tackler with 63, including 37 solo, and three tackles for loss. He has a sack in two of his three career Thursday Night Football games.
Another key ingredient to the defense is linebacker Cole Holcomb, who led Washington in tackles last week with 11, his fifth career game with 10 or more tackles. He is looking for his third game in a row against the Giants with a tackle for loss. Holcomb was the team's third-leading tackler in 2020 with 72, including 45 solo. He also had 2.5 sacks for 19 yards, with seven tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one interception.
Why the Giants can cover
New York has won five consecutive meetings with Washington, including three contests in the nation's capital, and is 22-8 in the series over the last 15 seasons. The Giants' offense was in high gear in the three road victories during the current streak, scoring 40 or more points twice while amassing a total of 104. On Thursday Night Football, New York faces a Washington defense that allowed 424 total yards in the team's 20-16 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1, including 334 through the air.
Like Jones, running back Saquon Barkley had the best performance of his career thus far in the overtime win at Washington in 2019. The 2018 second overall draft pick out of Penn State ran 22 times for 189 yards and a touchdown in that contest, while also making four catches for 90 yards and a score. Barkley, who gained 26 yards on 10 carries against Denver on Sunday in his first appearance since a torn ACL in Week 2 ended his 2020 season, also posted his second-best rushing effort (14 carries, 170 yards, TD) versus Washington in 2018. His workload on Thursday figures to be lighter as he eases his way back into action following the injury.
How to make Washington vs. Giants picks
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