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Thursday Night Football: Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants

Week 3 kicks off with Thursday Night Football as the Washington Redskins travel to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants.

There are a few factors that weigh in on why this should be an interesting game.

Washington will be trying to secure their first win on the road and snap a four-game losing streak to the Giants. Now this may not seem much to think about, however if you look back to how these two teams were performing last year you’d notice that it might be more of an uphill battle for New York.

This time around, it’s the Redskins that are playing much better football both on offense and defense despite what their 1-1 record may make one think.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is completing 75.9 percent of his passes for a total of 399 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed have combined for over 240 reception yards and two TDs. And, they’ve racked up an additional 171.5 average yards per match in their running game.

On defense, the Skins are only allowing 13.5 points per game for a total of 234.5 yards, which ranks  them as the League’s #1 defense in total yards allowed. Further, Trenton Robinson, Preston Smith and DeAngelo Hall have also done an excellent job on defense with 14 tackles, three forced fumbles and one pass deflection among them.

Meanwhile, New York is trailing an 0-2 start to this season and are heavily reliant on Manning’s passing game to Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants running game this season is averaging just 98 yards per contest with Rashad Jennings counting for 64 of those yards.

Eli Manning is completing around 61.8 percent of his passes but this number will probably go down because of how the Redskins are defending against the pass.

There’s also the fact that New York is the first NFL team to lose their first two games of the regular season after leading in the fourth quarter with at least 10 points. That’s has to be a morale-buster if you think about it.

The Giants have also failed to force their opponents to make mistakes and turn the ball over or have the strong pass rush they had last year.

New York’s offensive line is also very porous and I predict they’ll have trouble stopping the Matt Jones-Alfred Morris combo that the Redskins will undoubtedly serve-up because it’s working so well for them.

Despite the Giants being the 4-point favorite in this game, all factors combined, I like Washington’s odds to pull the upset, perhaps even creating headway in the race for the NFC East now that Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are out for the Division leading Dallas Cowboys.

For the Giants it’s a must-win game. And, it’s probably what most bettors are thinking. However, I predict they’ll be at 0-3 at the end of the game.

Betting Pick: I’m laying my money on the Washington Redskins plus the points. How about you?