New York Giants at Washington Redskins (+1, 46)
Prior to the season, Sunday night's matchup between the visiting New York Giants and Washington Redskins shaped up as a potential showdown for first place in the NFC East. Instead, the prime-time matchup has devolved into a battle to avoid the division cellar, although the Giants still have a faint pulse in the postseason race. New York has to run the table and hope for plenty of help to keep its playoff hopes alive after last Sunday's loss to Dallas halted a four-game win streak.
The Redskins were hoping to duplicate last season's stunning run to the division title, when they overcame a 3-6 start by winning their last seven games. Washington has had a dramatic drop-off this season, and Monday night's lopsided 27-6 home loss to San Francisco left 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks questioning whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was fully recovered from offseason knee surgery. "Everybody can see it," Brooks said. "He shouldn't be playing."TV:
8:30 p.m. ET, NBC.LINE:
The 'Skins opened as 1-point home dogs. The total opened 46.5 and is down to 46.WEATHER:
Temperatures will be in the high-30s.ABOUT THE GIANTS (4-7):
Eli Manning did rally New York from a 15-point deficit last week but he threw for only 174 yards and had trouble moving the team for much of the day in a loss against the Cowboys despite Andre Brown and Brandon Jacobs rushing for a combined 202 yards. Victor Cruz has one touchdown catch since scoring three times in Week 1 and fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks, who was scratched last week with an abdominal injury, has yet to get in the end zone. There are also issues on the other side of the ball, with the defense ranking 31st in the league with 18 sacks.ABOUT THE REDSKINS (3-8):
Griffin turned in another clunker and Washington was limited to a pair of field goals and 190 yards by San Francisco. Griffin threw for a season-low 118 yards and an interception, giving him 11 on the season - more than double the total from his mesmerizing rookie campaign. Second-year running back Alfred Morris needs 30 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark again, and Washington's defense has held only one opponent under 24 points and ranks 31st in points allowed (30.7) and 26th against the pass (270.6 yards).TRENDS:
* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Giants are 0-5 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Redskins are 1-8 ATS in their last nine vs. NFC.
* Under is 4-0 in Redskins last four home games vs. a team with a losing road record.EXTRA POINTS:
1. The Redskins have lost all four prime-time appearances this season.
2. Cruz has 12 receptions for 235 yards and a TD in the past two games versus Washington.
3. Morris had two stellar games against New York last season, rushing for 124 and 120 yards.