By the time the second Thursday Night Football has come around, two things will have happened.
First, you’re now deflated because all of the seven months worth of internal hype that you built up for your favourite team are now redundant as half their starters are injured and the other half seem to have never played a snap before.
The second is your sleeping pattern is gone haywire – I took the Friday off work so I could watch Tampa Bay and Dallas and now my body expects a lie-in now every time I stay up.
Sunday, I needed Matt Stafford to score 30+ points and my mind woke me up for the final drive when my body shut down. I then needed Lamar Jackson to score 30 or fewer points to win my fantasy matchup. That was Monday night.
I’ve spent the last two days resetting my sleeping pattern but also falling asleep at my desk. Oh, and guess who has Washington’s Antonio Gibson in their fantasy team? This guy.
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There are far too many ways in which the Giants could improve for me to write them off against a team who only managed to get the ball in Terry McLaurin’s hands four times last week.
Danny Dimes threw at a 60% completion clip which isn’t great, but he did avoid any interceptions and is showing he’s a dual-threat QB once again.
If Saquon Barkley bounces back – and he should do – they are more dynamic pre-snap and much like the Chargers last week against WFT, they can roll with four wide receivers and target rookie corner Benjamin St. Juste.
Don’t give me that road game on a short rest week nonsense either. It takes longer to get from one side of Dublin to the other on a Friday evening than it does to get from NYC to Landover, Maryland – and they’ll still fly.
The reason I say this is because New York know they’re facing him. It’s so much easier to play coverage against a guy when you’ve been preparing it in practice when the Giants probably would have come into this game with heavy blitz packages against Fitzmagic.
Oh, and the other thing – if his first read isn’t there, more often than not, Heinicke is tucking the ball and running, so that will eat into his yards.
The majority of his numbers will come from screens, but this is the most athletic Giants defence in well over a decade.
Basically, Rudolph played 70% of snaps last week and got four targets. And that was in a game where he probably wouldn’t be scripted into the game plan because the Broncos have an elite front seven.
The Washington Football Team have an elite front four and Kam Curl marshals a great group of defensive backs, but there is space over the middle of the field.
With Rudolph likely in on plays to help chip Chase Young, he’ll probably roll off his initial assignment and be Daniel Jones’ first read on quick passes, too.
And of course, the biggest weapon Washington have is the electric footwork of Gibson, particularly as the Giants’ pass rush is now better than their run defending for the first time in a long while.
Gibson went for over 4.5 yards per carry against the Chargers, so he’s in fine form and that shoulder injury is clearly nothing.
In the red zone, don’t expect the ball to be given to Heinicke on passing plays.
- Moneyline – New York Giants to Win
- Taylor Heinicke – Under 245.5 Passing Yards
- Kyle Rudolph – Over 18.5 Receiving Yards
- Antonio Gibson – Anytime Touchdown Scorer
* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.
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