The game last Thursday evening was an absolute barn burner. The Dallas Cowboys and reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers put on a show and welcomed us to the 2021 NFL season. This Thursday’s matchup may not be that sensational, but let’s face it, we don’t care. It’s soccer!
Now let’s look at this week’s matchup and find some easy ways to bet.
New York Giants for the Washington Football Team
- Money line: New York (+150) | Washington (-175)
- Spread: New York +3.5 (-120) | Washington -3.5 (+105)
- Total: 40.5- Over: (-110) | Below (-105)
- Match info: Sept. 16, 2021, 8:20 p.m. ET | NFL network
SI Sportsbook expects this to be a low score with a total of just 40.5 games. Last week the Giants only scored 13 points against a good Denver defense, while the football team only scored 16 against a good Chargers defense. I agree the total will be low and I’ll take the UNDER with -133 on a total of 4.5 touchdowns.
Daniel Jones is 4-0 career against Washington, but he’s also 0-6 in primetime games. I can’t see Daniel Jones pulling this off against a Washington defense that will inevitably break that O-Line. Saquon Barkley was limited to just 13 touches last week, with just 26 rushing yards and a three-target catch. Still practicing from his injury, he will take a brief hiatus against a strong Washington defense. On the flip side, Taylor Heinicke is a more than capable replacement for Ryan Fitzpatrick, and I see the football team covering the spread.
I bet the touchdowns will be less than 4.5, but let’s bet on all four! All odds come from the SI Sportsbook.
Antonio Gibson anytime TD (-125)
Gibson was due to smash this week against a Giants run defense that allowed Melvin Gordon to abandon a 70-yard run and score last Sunday, while Gordon also allowed 9.2 yards per catch. Gibson saw a lot of work with 23 touches against a good Chargers run defense, while also getting three of his five targets last Sunday. He was restricted in training today, but I don’t see that the shoulder injury kept him out of the competition on Thursday night. A Gibson touchdown at -125 at any time feels like a lock.
Terry McLaurin anytime TD (+165)
McLaurin was 4/4 last week with an average of 15 yards per reception. We didn’t see much of Heinecke and McLaurin together, but McLaurin’s elite prowess is undeniable, and he’s the only Washington recipient I’d like to bet on.
Logan Thomas anytime TD (+175)
I like Thomas a lot at this point. Last year Thomas was targeted in the red zone 17 times in this system. He caught 15 of these targets with a capture rate of 88%. Thomas played 55 offensive snaps on Sunday, went 3/3 for thirty yards, and scored a touchdown. He positioned himself at the wide receiver for 32 of these snapshots, which were tied under the tight ends for the fourth most. In the meantime, the Giants gave six catches and 62 yards to Noah Fant and allowed the seventh most points on Sunday in the narrow final position. I like playing talented tight ends with inexperienced quarterbacks in the touchdown lottery, and I’m betting on Thomas tonight.
Daniel Jones anytime TD (+450)
Why not? It’s plus money! Did you know Daniel Jones had the 7th most QB rushing yards last year? He ran for more yards than Josh Allen (he probably tripped for more too, but I’m digressing …). After not getting much attack, Jones ran into a tired Denver defense at the end of the competition last Sunday. What can he say he can’t do it again? Of course the soccer team is a tougher defense, but no risk, no cookie. Why not sprinkle a few dollars on a TD at +450?
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