New York Giants fans are wondering if their winning number is coming up Sunday.
The 0-5 G-Men are hosting the Washington Football Team at MetLife Stadium.
Looking at the Giants’ odds, Big Blue is favored for the first time this season.
Big Blue opened at -3.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook and was at -2.5 as of Friday morning. The Giants remain one of the league’s better wagering options, going 3-2 against the spread, and this includes winning two straight.
But in NFL Week Six, the Giants will have to win as a favorite against 1-4 Washington, a team that has yielded at least 30 points for four straight weeks.
Giants + NJ sports betting lines
So from a NJ sports betting perspective, the Los Angeles Rams may provide a clue about these teams.
The Giants and Washington have the same common opponent over the past two weeks. Washington was trounced 30-10 by the Rams on Sunday after the Giants lost to Los Angeles 17-9 one week earlier.
Based on that, it would be surprising to see this number go under a field goal. If for some reason it did, Big Blue bettors would be all over that. But this line could even tick upward.
The over-under is 42.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook and 43 at DraftKings for two teams that are having difficulty scoring. The Giants had not scored a touchdown in more than nine quarters when they finally broke through against the Dallas Cowboys. They had tallied nine points in each of their previous two games before this 34-point breakout. The Giants ended up losing 37-34.
Washington has been sliding offensively each week, going from 27 in Week One to an average of 15.5 points over the next four games.
Over the last two weeks, the Giants have looked decidedly better than Washington. The question is whether they can convert that into a victory.
The Washington Football Team is in disarray
The Washington Football Team has benched prized prospect Dwayne Haskins. Rather than patiently developing its young quarterback, Washington brought in veterans Kyle Allen and Alex Smith on Sunday. They combined for all of 111 yards passing and absorbed eight sacks.
It made no sense to bench Haskins. He came off a 314-yard game against the Baltimore Ravens with no interceptions the prior week. If Haskins is the future of the franchise, as the team previously stated, this would be the game to bring him back.
But Haskins has been demoted to the third string, has a toxic relationship with the coaching staff and is likely to be traded. He was sick before Washington’s last game and stayed home. It is likely that he is unhappy about no longer leading this team.
Washington is giving up early on a good talent.
The Giants have been SO close to victory
The Giants are showing heart. They played well enough to win in each of their last two games and are starting to make adjustments following the season-long loss of Saquon Barkley. Devonta Freeman (60 rushing yards and a touchdown) and Wayne Gallman (24 rushing yards on five carries) at least looked serviceable against the Cowboys.
Darius Slayton is becoming a go-to wide receiver. He is a deep threat who can not only score but open the field for other Giants receivers. He amassed 129 yards receiving last week.
The G-Men could not get over the hump against the Rams or Cowboys but battled them to the end. New York had two touchdowns called back on questionable penalties against Dallas, including a beautiful fake fourth-down punt.
Against Dallas, the Giants even secured a 17-3 second-quarter lead before allowing a TD and then a scoop-and-score from 29 yards out that tied it. Quarterback Daniel Jones was blindsided on a blitz and coughed up the ball, which Dallas pounced upon and ran in.
Jones made fewer mistakes in this game than in others, but he usually commits one horror-show turnover per contest. It happened here, too.
The Giants kicked a field goal with 51 seconds remaining in the first half but allowed Dallas to score a touchdown before the intermission.
After the Giants held a second lead and Dallas tied the score 34-34 with under two minutes left, the Giants were not able to run enough clock to at least force overtime.
One play wound up out of bounds. Preserving that timeout gave Dallas just enough to turn two remarkable catches into the game-winning field goal as time expired.
It’s the little things.
When a team comes this close without securing victory, it will either fold or come up big the next time out.
This is the first time the Giants are expected to win, and they should.