The 2008 NFL Season kicks off Thursday night with the Washington Redskins traveling to New York to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. Let’s take a look at the game matchup, odds, trends and other information regarding the game.
Washington Redskins (0-0) at New York Giants (0-0)
Game Time: 7:00pm ET
Spread: Giants –4
WASHINGTON is 45-27 ATS (+15.3 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points since 1992.
WASHINGTON is 28-11 ATS (+15.9 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 7 points since 1992.
Head-to-Head Series History:
NY GIANTS is 3-1 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
NY GIANTS is 3-1 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
Winning the Super Bowl must seem like it was years ago to the Giants, who lost several key pieces in their historic title run last season. The team parted with tight end Jeremy Shockey (trade/Saints), lost Gibril Wilson (FA/Raiders) and had defensive end Michael Strahan retire. The Giants also suffered a huge blow in the preseason when defensive end Osi Umenyiora was lost for the season due to a knee injury. Still, the G-Men return a solid offensive attack led by quarterback Eli Manning, running back Brandon Jacobs and receiver Plaxico Burress. While the defense lost Strahan and Umenyiora, at least it had depth along the line with Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka.
For the Redskins, 2008 marks a year of transition as Jim Zorn replaces former head coaching great Job Gibbs and brings in the West Coast Offense. While it might take time for quarterback Jason Campbell to pick up the new system, rumor has it that he’s been a quick study. He’ll have help in the backfield as Clinton Portis appears healthy and the offensive line is underrated. The defense also got a boost with the offseason acquisition of defensive end Jason Taylor.
The Redskins should be able to move the ball on the Giants’ depleted defense, but stopping Jacobs in the running game and Manning’s short passes will be the key. Expect a low scoring game considering it could be a sloppy first half with both teams coming into a brand new season. If Manning can get into a rhythm, the Giants should pull out a home win, but expect the game to be close.
Giants 17, Redskins 14
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