Can the New York Giants actually start a winning streak by defeating the Washington Redskins Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Let's peer deep into the minds of the experts and see what your Big Blue View staff members think.
I said last week I wasn't going to pick the Giants to win a game until they actually won a game. Well, they finally did that for the first time in eight tries last Sunday, pounding the Tennessee Titans, 36-7. So, that gives me free reign to pick the Giants this week.
Of course, I am going to do exactly that.
If I was betting the game, I would be nervous about the 6.5-point spread. I'm not a betting man, though, so that's not an issue. The Giants aren't good, but they at least have some things to feel optimistic about as the season winds down. The Redskins? A fractured, disorganized mess. The Giants have to be able to beat this team.
The Giants are a bit of a mess. They are not, however, anywhere close to the mess that the Redskins are at. Mired in controversy that actually doesn't include their name, there's a feeling among the masses that the front office must choose between Robert Griffin III and new head coach Jay Gruden. The rumblings that there are irreconcilable differences between the two have only gathered steam and it's created a toxic environment surrounding the team.
Say what you will about how stinky the Giants are, at least they have not quit on the head coach and at least show some hope for the future. I don't see that with Washington. In any case, as far as this particular game goes, the biggest mismatch in the Redskins' favor is that of Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson over what is now the charred remains of a once talented Giants secondary. However, who's going to be throwing to them? Colt McCoy is injured and Robert Griffin has struggled. Will definitely be the story to watch. On the other side, if guys like Richard Sherman and Jason McCourty could not keep up with Odell Beckham Jr., who on the Redskins' defense can? I'm going to go ahead and say nobody. I think there's an outside chance Beckham breaks 1,000 yards against this Redskin defense and the Giants end up winning big (which is hard for me to say, but I legitimately think it to be true).
Pick: Giants 34, Redskins 14
[From Jesse's Week 15 picks against the point spread]
When the Giants met the Redskins on Thursday night earlier in the year they absolutely embarrassed them. Since then the Giants and Redskins have both spun out of control (in all the wrong ways). The Giants, though are a team that is without the head coaching/Quarterbacking drama. So even when you're down about the Giants season you can see and appreciate the way in which the organization is responding to a poor season compared to the Washington team. Still, who trust the Giants with 6.5 points? Would it surprise you if the Redskins won out right? How could you be surprised? The Giants just lost to the Jaguars two weeks ago.
Pick: Redskins cover, Giants win
The battle for third place in the NFC East is ON!
The last time these two teams met, many observers were wondering if Eli Manning and the Giants could hang with Kirk Cousins in a shootout. We never got the chance to find out, as the defense picked him Cousins mercilessly, and the Giants' offense raced up and down the field.
Of course, those were two different teams. The Giants are without Victor Cruz, Robert Ayers, Prince Amukamara, and Trumaine McBride, but have gained Odell Beckham Jr. while Cousins has been replaced by Colt McCoy.
I'm still going to pick the Giants to win, though I'm not going to predict the blowout the Giants enjoyed last time.