New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in action during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

New York Giants vs Washington Football Team Best Bets/Props

Patrick Werkmeister

Following an outstanding Week 1 NFL slate that featured upsets, blowouts and overtime thrillers, the NFC East takes center stage on this Thursday night game. This primetime bout will feature third year quarterback Daniel Jones and the New York Giants versus the Washington Football Team and backup QB, Taylor Heinicke. In Week 1, both teams suffered defeat against tough AFC West opponents. Despite their starter going out with a hip injury in the first half, Washington was able to keep it close until the end against the playoff contending Chargers. On the other hand, New York wasn’t able to get much going versus the Broncos in their 27-13 loss. However, these squads showed flashes of ability on both sides of the ball and when they’re playing their best football, they can compete with most teams. In what should be a fun matchup, this is what I like for this one.

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WFT (-3)
The spread for this contest currently sits at where it opened up, Washington -3. The Football Team will be playing their second home game in a row after their home opening loss. If they don’t want to be paraded with boos from the notorious Washington fans, they will have to win this game. After losing Ryan Fitzpatrick in the opening half, backup Taylor Heinicke displayed his serviceable qualities as a starter in a tight game with LA. In their playoff game against the Buccaneers last postseason, Heinicke threw for over 300 yards and ran for 50 more yards and a touchdown. He is a backup who has underrated skill and is willing to shoulder the load to win the game. Additionally, he won’t have as big a challenge on defense against the Giants, where last week they let up 430 total yards to an average Broncos offense. He will also have a lot of help from the WFT defense starring their scary front line of Chase Young, Jonathan Allen, and Montez Sweat. The FT defense was a little off last week but only because they faced a dynamic LA offense that has a potential MVP at quarterback. I like the WFT to bounce back in a close game against what has been a tough opponent for them but will be better prepared for this contest.    

Over 40.5
The opening total was listed a lot higher at 43.5 but dropped after the public jumped on that amount, and it is currently at 40.5. This total is the lowest among the slate for Week 2, where both offenses produced at a decent rate but did not find the end zone enough last week. The WFT offense went up against the stout defense of the Chargers, who have stars such as Joey Bosa and Derwin James. The fact they put up 16 points with their backup quarterback in the first week vs this squad is astounding and now that they’re up against a familiar foe with a weaker defense than last week, they are poised to produce more. Similarly, New York fought against another top defense in the league with the likes of Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Justin Simmons. Although they put up fewer points on the scoreboard than the WFT, New York was able to fill up the stat sheet where they produced almost 100 more yards of offense than the Football team. Both defenses let up a whopping combined 840 yards of offense in Week 1, so points shouldn’t be at too much of a premium like the total suggests. In their last four matchups against each other, Washington and New York have averaged a total of 46 points combined, so listen to the numbers and take the over in this one.

Saquon Barkley Anytime TD (+135)
After a light workload and little production in his first appearance, running back Saquon Barkley is hungry for revenge in his first divisional game of the season. Head coach Joe Judge kept his word on Barkley’s lightened productivity for Week 1, where Saquon saw only 11 total touches. However, Judge said with each week his workload will increase, and with an important divisional game at hand, the Giants offense can’t afford to spare any expenses. Even if he still has a “lighter” workload this week, when his team gets down near the end zone, expect for him to get the ball and power it through. In three career games vs Washington, Saquon has averaged a ridiculous 200 yards from scrimmage and totaling three touchdowns. Although he has dealt with adversity and faces a tough challenge this week, this prop has fantastic value given his status on the Giants as their top TD threat and his insane running ability. Take his touchdown prop in a game where I see his workload and productivity increase.   

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