While we were all hoping to close out Thanksgiving Day with a thrilling NFL matchup, what the league has in store for the best sportsbook online players around the country can hardly be described as thrilling. Instead, we’ll be tuning in for a less than enticing NFC East matchup between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. Both teams have been vastly underperforming this year so most NFL betting fans will be expecting this matchup to be a disappointment. Here’s to hoping it isn’t.
Betting New York
The Giants tumble into this Week 12 matchup sporting a 2-8 record that ranks them dead last in the NFC East, which isn’t surprising considering just how poor of a record New York is sitting on. The Giants were hoping that 2017 had bright things in store for them since the franchise finished 11-5 in Ben McAdoo’s first season replacing the legendary Tom Coughlin. But the opposite has been true as McAdoo’s inability to stir his players has left most players in the nation placing sportsbook bets against New York week in and week out. Nevertheless, those who placed bets against Big Blue this past Sunday ended up reaping some pretty hefty losses.
This past weekend, the Giants hosted the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs had been struggling for the last couple of weeks since their offense didn’t even resemble what we saw from them in the first half of 2017. However, many were expecting the Chiefs struggle to come to an end against the Giants, given just how bad New York had been all season long. But instead, we saw the Giants pull out a clutch 12-9 upset over the Chiefs. Have we seen a resurgence out of New York? That’s unlikely and the best sportsbook online odds are echoing that statement by pegging the Giants as a massive underdog straight up.
The Redskins make their way into this Thanksgiving’s Day matchup flashing a 4-6 record that ranks them 3rd in the NFC East ahead of this Thursday’s opponent and behind the 5-5 Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins have little hope of catching up to the 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles at the top of the division but if Washington manages to pull together a tough rebound in the coming days they might just be able to make their way into the Wild Card conversation. The Redskins enter this game riding a 2 game losing streak, the most recent of which is their tough 31-34 loss to the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday. Despite this, Washington still opens as the best sportsbook online favorite ahead of Thursday’s matchup.
Looking over both team’s stats, it’s pretty clear that the Redskins have a decisive advantage ahead of this Thanksgiving match. The Redskins offense ranks 12th in the NFL in scoring with an average of 23.8 points scored per outing. For comparison, the Giants only put up 16.2 per game which ranks them 30th in scoring. Defensively things are more even-sided with Washington sporting the NFL’s 24th worst total defense and the Giants ranking penultimate in total defense. This might not be the most thrilling matchup of 2017, but it’s still a pretty good way to close out the holiday.
Best Sportsbook Online Betting Odds & Lines:
New York Giants +7 (-101) 45 (-110) +281
Washington Redskins -7 (-119) 45 (-110) -350