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NFL Gridiron Guide: Close call, but take Redskins as favorites over Giants

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins looks to pass

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins looks to pass during warmups before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 21, 2014 in Philadelphia. Credit: Getty Images / Rob Carr

GIANTS (1-2) at REDSKINS (1-2), 8:25 p.m.

Redskins by 4; O/U: 46

TV: Ch. 2, NFL; Radio: WCBS (880).

 

The Giants face all three of their divisional rivals on the road over the next four weeks beginning Thursday in Landover, Maryland. It's the 165th meeting between the NFC East rivals, and the Giants are 95-65-4 all-time.

Big Blue is coming off an impressive win Sunday over Houston that featured a balanced offensive attack. Rashad Jennings ran 34 times for 176 yards and a touchdown. Eli Manning was 21 of 28 for 234 yards with two TDs and no picks. It was Manning's first game with no interceptions since Nov. 24, 2013.

Manning is 6-4 all-time at FedEx Field. But this will be a big test against a talented Washington squad.

The Redskins' defense is ranked fourth in the NFL, including 10th against the pass and third (64.7 yards per game) against the run. Washington is second overall in total offense (444 ypg). Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for a career-best 427 yards in the Redskins' 37-34 loss in Philadelphia last week.

The Giants are 15-8 vs. Washington under Tom Coughlin, and 13-7-3 all-time in Thursday games. But this isn't a good spot for the Giants, who are 1-6 against the spread (ATS) when underdogs of four points or fewer. Conversely, Washington is 6-3 ATS as favorites of four or fewer.

Finally, the Giants are 2-5 ATS in their last seven against Washington. Close call.

The pick: Redskins

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