New York Giants at Washington Football Team
The Giants (0-1 SU and ATS) travel to Washington (0-1 SU and ATS) for a Thursday night divisional battle as both teams try to avoid 0-2 starts. The Giants scored as time expired in Week 1, so the 27-13 final was a bit deceiving, as the Broncos thoroughly outplayed them for most of the game. The Giants allowed 420 yards, forcing the Broncos to punt only on their opening drive and again with less than two minutes left. Washington fell to the Chargers 20-16, losing not only the game but also quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose hip injury forced him to the injured list. The lookahead line was Washington laying 3, but even with the uncertainty at quarterback, this number has moved only to 3.5, as the Giants’ unimpressive debut did not give lines makers much confidence. Despite winning the division in 2020, Washington lost to the Giants twice last season, but only by a combined four points. This Is the lowest total on the board at 41.5.
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
The Saints (1-0 SU and ATS) head to Carolina to take on the Panthers (1-0 SU and ATS) as both teams come off impressive opening victories. The Panthers held the Jets to 252 yards and sacked rookie Zach Wilson six times. Carolina led 16-0 until late in the third quarter before the Jets scored touchdowns in the last minute of the third and fourth quarters to fall 19-14. The Saints had to host the Packers in Jacksonville, Fla., due to the effects of Hurricane Ida and won 38-3 as 4-point underdogs. The Saints averaged only 4.4 yards per play, but their defense forced three turnovers and held the Packers to 2.9 yards per play. Jameis Winston ushered in the post-Drew Brees era by tossing five touchdown passes despite throwing for a modest 148 yards. The line opened at 3 and has held steady. As impressive as the Saints were in the opener, it will be interesting to see how bettors and bookmakers factor in the toll it might take on them to possibly be displaced for an extended period. The Saints swept the season series in 2020. The total is 44.5, with both teams playing to an Under in Week 1.