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Giants vs. Redskins, Week 4: Big Blue View staff picks

How do our writers see this one unfolding?

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Will the Daniel Jones era as quarterback of the New York Giants begin with a victory or a defeat? Here are your Big Blue View staff picks for this Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Chris Pflum

The Giants' win in Tampa was a near thing, balanced on a knife edge it could have gone either way a few times. But the Giants still earned that win and have a reason to be excited.

Washington is a team facing some serious questions, but they also still have enough playmakers that they should be respected if not feared.

Assuming the Giants play a sound game and execute their game plan, they should be able to come out of this weekend with a winning streak.

Pick: Giants 27, Redskins 24
Season record: 2-1

Patricia Traina

Anyone who thinks the Giants shave it bad need look no further than Washington, a winless team that is a mess from top to bottom.

They could be without two-fifths of their offensive line on Sunday, the coaching staff is under fire regarding the quarterback situation, and Washington just hasn’t been playing good enough ball.

If the Giants can figure out a way to keep OLB Ryan Kerrigan from wrecking things, this should be a gimme for New York, who is in a quest to go 2-2 for the first time since 2016.

Pick: Giants 31, Redskins 24
Season record: 1-1

Joe DeLeone

Despite not coming even close to the score prediction, I still managed to get last week’s pick right. I’m pretty confident I’ll get this week’s, too.

Washington is off to a rough 0-3 start to the season, and they’ve looked like a mess in the process. Missed assignments, scarce blocking, mindless turnovers, you name it and they’ve done it. The Giants cannot assume this game is a walkover, so if they come out prepared and at full speed they can easily handle them in this game.

Pick: Giants 35, Redskins 17
Season record: 2-1

Mark Schofield

Let’s be optimistic here, shall we?

Daniel Jones looks legit.

Washington does not.

Pick: Giants 24, Redskins 10
Season record: 2-1

Matt Williamson

This game sets up well for New York even without Saquon Barkley. They can’t allow Terry McLaurin to get behind them - and that might be challenging - but this Washington offense (that might see Dwayne Haskins in this game) isn’t overly threatening. What Daniel Jones did in Week 3 isn’t a fluke and clearly the Giants offense has been upgraded with him manning the controls.

Pick: Giants 24, Redskins 17
Season record: 2-1

Ed Valentine

Daniel Jones will crash back down to earth at some point. Rookies, especially rookie quarterbacks, usually do. I’m betting my dime, though, on the idea that isn’t going to happen this week. I mean, how can we have a fairy tale if Jones and the Giants mess up the kid’s first start in front of the home crowd?

I know the Giants were fortunate to win last week thanks to Matt Gay missing a 34-yard field goal on the final play. I know the 0-3 Redskins have lost to a trio of teams who are all probably heading to the playoffs. I know Saquon Barkley isn’t playing. I know Case Keenum isn’t as awful as he looked Monday night against the Chicago Bears. I know the Giants don’t have Khalil Mack and the Chicago defense.

I still think the Giants, in front of what is likely to be the most enthusiastic home crowd they have heard in a while, find a way to win this one.

Pick: Giants 24, Redskins 20
Season record: 2-1