Washington vs NY Giants

Washington showed some character last week in a 34-27 home loss to New England as +7½ point underdogs. Rex Grossman completed 19-of-32 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns for Washington (4-9), which has gone 1-8 since its promising 3-1 start. Grossman threw his fourth red zone interception of the season, tying him for the league lead in that dubious category. The Redskins amassed a season-high 463 yards but lost for the eighth time in nine games, with the only win over that span coming at Seattle a few weeks ago (23-17). Already playing without tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams, who are both suspended for the rest of the season for violating the NFL’s drugs policy, Washington lost another offensive starter during pregame warm-ups when right tackle Jammal Brown injured his right groin. Rookie Roy Helu paced the Redskins’ ground attack with 126 yards on 27 carries.

New York is off a 37-34 win at Dallas as +4½ point underdogs. Eli Manning ended New York’s four-game losing streak in style, leading the Giants to two touchdowns in the waning moments to beat the Cowboys in a showdown for first place in the NFC East. Dallas appeared to tie the game with a 47-yard field goal as time expired, but New York called a timeout. Given another chance to force overtime, rookie Dan Bailey’s kick was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul – who also had a sack for a safety and forced a fumble. The Giants (7-6) and Cowboys are tied atop the division, but this win gave New York the inside track to the NFC East title. The teams will meet again in the season finale, on New Year’s Day, at the Meadowlands. Manning completed 27-of-47 passes for 400 yards with two TDs and a pick. He now has six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, the most of any player, and one more than Tim Tebow. It also matches the most for any player over the last two seasons. The Giants riddled the Cowboys defense for 500 yards and overcame a 34-22 deficit with 5:41 remaining in the game.

The Redskins and Giants met in the season opener and Washington came away with a 28-14 home win as +2½ point dogs. Grossman threw for 305 yards and two TDs with no picks on 21-of-34 passing, while Manning completed 18-of-32 passes for 268 yards with no TDs and a pick. Washington is 33-15 ATS as a road dog between +3½ and +7 points and 9-1 ATS on the road facing a team off a road game. Meanwhile, NY is 11-2 ATS in December vs. an opponent coming off a game against an AFC foe, but the Giants are just 4-10-1 ATS as a home chalk between -3½ and -10 points and 1-11 ATS at home against teams with a losing road record. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Washington take it down to the wire…

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