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Giants can mark their mark against shaky rearguard

Washington struggling to keep the score down

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning
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Both Washington and the Giants look to be playing for pride for the rest of the season – the Redskins have won four games but have suffered three defeats in the NFC East, while the Giants gained only their second win of the season against Kansas City last week.

The problem for New York has been that they have been unable to put enough points on the board – a situation that has not been helped by the unavailability of star wide receiver Odell Beckham.

Only two teams have scored fewer than their 162 points in their opening ten matches of the campaign and although they appeared to have a defence that would make them competitive in what is traditionally one of the game's tightest divisions, they have not stepped up to the plate.

However, a win over the Chiefs, who not so long ago were hailed as candidates to be the best team in the league, should have given them a huge lift, particularly as it came a week after the Giants allowed San Francisco to get off the mark at the tenth attempt with a limp display in California.

They have the ability to build on their Kansas City showing, and they face a team who have been struggling defensively.

Apart from their poor divisional record, the biggest problem for Washington is that only Indianapolis have conceded more points than the Redskins, who have shipped more than 30 in three of their last four outings – the exception was a 17-14 win in Seattle.

With that in mind, the Giants, under the direction of seasoned quarterback Eli Manning, may be spurred on by performing on a big stage and they look capable of eclipsing the 17-point mark.

Recommendation
Over 17 New York Giants points
1pt 20-23 Coral, Ladbrokes


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The lowdown
Venue FedExField, Landover, Maryland
Surface Grass
Weather Clear, 3C
Vegas handicap New York Giants +7
Vegas points line 44.5

Team news
New York Giants
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is doubtful with illness while guard Justin Pugh is likely to be missing with a back problem. Hopes are high that linebacker Calvin Munson will be available despite picking up a thigh injury.

Washington
Guard Shawn Lauvao (neck) has been placed on injured reserve while centre Chase Roullier (hand) is set to miss out. Tight end Jordan Reed remains questionable with a hamstring injury while wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and running back Chris Thompson are out

Key stat
The Giants have covered the handicap in six of their last eight games against Washington.


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