Thursday Night Football: Giants at Redskins -09-24-2014

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New York Giants at Washington (-3.5, 46)

The New York Giants finally got the offense untracked and broke
into the victory column but now face a quick turnaround and a
matchup with a bitter division rival when they visit the
Washington Redskins on Thursday night. New York rebounded from
back-to-back losses to Detroit and Arizona with a 30-17 victory
over Houston. “This was huge for us, knowing we had to get this
game and get this one under our belts with a short week and not
wanting to look ahead,” Giants wideout Victor Cruz said.

Washington dropped a shootout in a 37-34 defeat at NFC East foe
Philadelphia to drop to 1-2 despite ranking second in the
league with an average of 444 total yards. Losing Robert
Griffin III to an ankle injury hasn’t slowed down the Redskins,
who saw backup Kirk Cousins throw for a career-high 427 yards
and three touchdowns against the Eagles, prompting speculation
of whether the former will reclaim his job when healthy. “Crazy
things have happened in NFL,” Washington coach Jay Gruden told
the New York Daily News. “I’m not going to discount anything.”

TV: 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS, NFL Network.

LINE HISTORY: The Westgate LV Superbook opened
the Redskins as 3.5-point favorites. The total opened 45 and is
up one point to 46.

INJURY REPORT: Giants – LB Jon Beason
(Questionable, foot), WR Odell Beckham (Out indefinitely,
hamstring). Redskins – WR DeSean Jackson
(Probable, shoulder), TE Jordan Reed (Questionable, hamstring),
DE Jason Hatcher (Questionable, hamstring), CB DeAngelo Hall
(IR, achilles).

WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-60s
with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow across the field at 7
mph and there is a small 10 percent chance of rain.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Giants (+1.5) –
Redskins (+1.75) + home field (-3.0) = Redskins -2.75

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Redskins outplayed the
Eagles by 132 yards in last week’s 3-point shootout loss at
Philadelphia while the Giants rolled past the Texans in a
much-needed 13-point home victory over Houston. Washington will
look to extend the success of Thursday night’s home teams (3-0
this season with every win by 20 or more points) while New York
takes a 6-0 ATS mark away in games off back-to-back hem games
into this contest.” Covers
Expert Marc Lawrence.

WHAT BOOKS SAY: “We opened at -4.5 and have
seen nothing but sharp money on the Giants. I don’t think it
will drop to the key field goal number however. After both
offenses impressed last week, bettors are hammering the over to
the tune of 86 percent. If the total gets too high, my
contention would be that the under has great value.” John
Lester, BookMaker.eu.

CHEERLEADER WAR: The Giants do not have
cheerleaders, so here’s something to fill the void.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (1-2, SU, 1-2 ATS, 2-1 O/U):
New York raised a few eyebrows in the offseason when it handed
a four-year, $14 million deal to free agent Rashad Jennings,
but the veteran running back sparked the win over Houston by
rushing for a career-best 176 yards. Buoyed by the improved
running game, Eli Manning threw for 234 yards and a pair of
touchdowns in a mistake-free outing after tossing a pair of
interceptions in each of the first two games. Cruz halted a
12-game touchdown drought and had only his second 100-yard
performance in the span as the Giants put up 30 points on a
Houston defense that had allowed a total of 20 in the first two
games. New York’s defense also responded by picking off its
first three passes of the season.

ABOUT THE REDSKINS (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS, 2-1 O/U):
Washington’s defense was hit hard by injuries in the setback to
Philadelphia, losing cornerback DeAngelo Hall (Achilles’
tendon) and safety Duke Ihenacho (foot) for the season.
Linebacker Brian Orapko, among 11 players who were limited in
practice Monday, is dealing with a torn ligament in his middle
finger but said he plans to play against the Giants wearing a
hard cast. Pierre Garcon bounced back from a one-catch game
versus Jacksonville with 11 receptions for 138 yards while
DeSean Jackson played through an ailing shoulder to also go
over 100 yards and match Garcon with a touchdown. Alfred Morris
has rushed for 253 yards on the season but is averaged only 3.6
yards per carry the past two weeks.

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
* Underdog is 6-1 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Giants are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games in
September.
* Under is 5-1 in Redskins last six vs. NFC East.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 64 percent of wagers on
Covers Consensus are backing the Redskins.

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