A Thursday Night Football game between New York Giants and Washington Football Team will kick off Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season this evening.
These longtime foes will meet for the 178th time tonight, making it the oldest rivalry in the NFC East and one of the most historic in all of football. The Giants have a big edge in a series that dates back all the way to 1932, boasting a 105-69-4 all-time record against Washington.
New York has dominated this rivalry in recent seasons too, sweeping the series the last two years and besting Washington at least once every season over the last decade. Big Blue’s five-game winning streak is expected to come to an end in Week 2, however, with oddsmakers installing the Football Team as 3.5-point home favorites for this primetime matchup.
It’s an important game for both sides after each started the campaign with a loss. Considering just 30 teams over the last three decades reached the playoffs after an 0-2 start, both squads are approaching this as a must-win clash.
Will Washington—now leaning on backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke following an injury to starter Ryan Tannehill in the season-opener—finally find a way to beat the G-Men? Or will the Giants pull an upset at FedExField and get back to .500?
You can find a prediction for the final score at the end of this article. Before getting to the picks, take a peek at the start times, viewing information and updated odds courtesy of FanDuel for not only this Thursday Night Football contest, but every game on the Week 2 NFL schedule.
NFL Week 2 Viewing Guide And Betting Lines
Thursday Night Football Week 2 Betting Guide
Spread: WAS -4
With only a few hours left until Thursday Night Football kicks off, it’s clear that most of the public will be cheering for Washington tonight. 62 percent of all bets made against the spread are for the home team, showing that a good chunk of bettors believe this franchise will finally beat the Giants and by five or more points at that.
The sharper bettors are on board with the line of thinking, evidenced by the Football Team garnering 71 percent of the handle. This wise guy action has helped push the point spread to four after initially going up on the board with Washington laying a field goal.
Total: Over-Under 40.5 Points
Shops have set an over-under of 40.5 points on the Giants-Washington matchup, one of the lowest totals on the board in Week 2.
Some may find it surprising how many bettors are expecting a relatively high-scoring Thursday Night Football affair, especially after these teams combined for a grand total of 29 points in their respective season-openers.
As of 5 p.m. ET, 55% of all over-under bets and 70% of the total’s handle are backing the over. It’s an impressive amount given the lack of offensive firepower both Washington and New York displayed prior to Week 2.
It’s clear that the public is no longer buying into the unearned reputation that Thursday Night Football had for producing low-scoring games. Those trends have been changing in recent years, with the OVER hitting in 28 of 49 contests in this timeslot since 2018.
- The Giants are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS over their last five matchups with the Football Team.
- The total is 6-2-1 to the UNDER over the past nine meetings between these organizations.
- The visiting team has won four of the last six contests involving New York and Washington.
- The favorite is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS over the last six WAS-NYG games.
Thursday Night Football Week 2 Pick: Giants +4
Chalk bettors should beware of a laying four points in a divisional rivalry matchup that is taking place on a short week of rest in front of a nationally televised audience.
Both teams began their respective 2021 NFL seasons with a defeat and will be desperate to turn things around tonight, which should make for a hard fought, back-and-forth battle.
Under head coach Joe Judge, the G-Men have covered in all three games they have played on less than a full week of rest. He’s done a solid job of getting his players ready to go again quickly, a promising trend for those that like New York this evening.
Use caution before going in on the Giants moneyline though, as underdogs are just 23-50 on Thursday Night Football over the last half decade. Washington has an edge playing at FedExField as well, with home teams owning a 47-27 SU and 41-31-2 ATS record in this time slot over that same span.
While the G-Men have struggled to win since drafting Daniel Jones in 2019—going 10-23 SU—they’ve been respectable against the number. Coming into this game, the Giants have a 16-17 ATS record over their last 33 games, hovering near the league average.
Big Blue should be able to push that to .500 tonight and come away with a victory in a game that will feature plenty of scores and might come right down to the wire. Take the points and secure an against the spread victory to start Week 2 off right.
Prediction: Washington 24 – N.Y. Giants 21