The New York Giants opened the week as 1.5-point road underdogs against the Washington Redskins, but that has taken a pretty substantial turn throughout the week despite safety Landon Collins landing on injured reserve (IR). They now go into Sunday at -3.5.
Although most experts picked the Giants, there were a small few who went against them and picked the Redskins.
How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 14 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:
Dan Benton: Giants 24, Bears 23
Last week I said I must have been crazy for picking the Giants to win, but cited their long history of playing up or down to the level of their opponent. And a week removed from a stunning overtime victory against a Bears team they really shouldn’t have beaten, I find myself pondering the exact opposite side of that equation.
The Giants should beat these Redskins, led by long-idle quarterback Mark Sanchez, and that’s exactly what worries me and a lot of older Giants fans. We’ve seen this story play out a time or two.
With all of that having been said, and even with Collins on IR, the Giants would have to try to lose this game. Right? …Right.
John Fennelly: Giants 23, Redskins 16
It’s hard to pick Washington the way they’ve been playing. They’ve lost three of four and appear to be sinking fast. With Mark Sanchez under center, it becomes even harder. He is capable of playing well at times, but will he? Last week was the first time he took a snap since the end of the 2016 season when he was with Dallas. The Giants will be without safety Landon Collins (shoulder), but should still have enough to skate past this injury-riddled version of the Redskins.
Doug Rush: Giants 27, Redskins 19
After last week’s thriller over the Bears, the Giant seem to be playing with a lot more confidence and believing in themselves.
The offense is starting to find ways to put points on the board and everything runs behind Saquon Barkley, who continues his progress towards another 100-plus yard game and 2,000 total yards on the season.
The last time the two met, the Redskins took it to the Giants, but injuries have decimated Washington and they’ve been in an utter free fall since surrendering the NFC East lead.
With the Giants believing in themselves and winning three of their last four since the bye week, they storm into Washington and get a victory to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Tyler Henry: Giants 31, Bears 20
The Giants lost Landon Collins for the season and this will be their first game without him. You can bet the defense will miss him, but going up against the Redskins led by Mark Sanchez might be exactly what the doctor ordered for Big Blue.
Sanchez was signed less than a month ago and if that weren’t enough, the Redskins are also dealing with a slew of injuries, including some across the offensive line.
The Redskins’ passing offense is much weaker than what the Giants saw in Week 8 back when they had Alex Smith under center. As a result, the Giants should be able to focus on stopping Adrian Peterson and the ground game this Sunday.
The Redskins’ defense was solid in the early part of the season, but have struggled in four of their last five games. Meanwhile, the Giants’ offense has found its way during their recent stretch, winning three of their last four games.
I expect Eli Manning and the receivers to have their way early and often, maybe even conjuring up something from the rivalry of Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. That could bring some true excitement.
Kevin Hickey: Giants 27, Redskins 20
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Despite being on the road, the Giants should be able add another win against the Redskins, continuing the torment of a fan base trying to decide whether they want a high draft pick or a competitive team now.
The Redskins offense is so depleted, they are turning to Mark Sanchez under center and the wide receiver corps is absolutely decimated. Big Blue’s defense should be strong as long as they stop Adrian Peterson, which they couldn’t do in Week 8. The offense should be able to do enough against a Redskins defense that is allowing the fourth-highest third-down conversion rate at 44 percent.
Mike Moraitis: Giants 24, Redskins 14
Christmas is coming early for the Giants this week, as the Redskins will start Mark Sanchez behind center in Week 14. Even if Sanchez is able to avoid the rear-ends of his offensive lineman, he didn’t show much in Week 13 to encourage enthusiasm about his starting prospects the rest of the season. The Redskins defense can be tough, but Eli Manning and company won’t need to do much with Washington’s offense looking dead in the dirt. Expect plenty of turnover opportunities for the G-Men with Sanchez throwing the ball, which should lead to some great field position and easy scores for New York.