Daaamn, that “Danny Dimes” can really play quarterback!
Yes, rising from the swampy mire of Eli Manning’s swan song season, Big Blue’s new starting QB Daniel Jones shocked the Bucs (and just about everyone else) by running, throwing, and cussing his way to four touchdowns in Week 3. Out of the gate, Jones brought the Giants back from 18 points down for the 32-31 win – something Manning never did in 44 career tries.
There are plenty of Garden State bettors kicking themselves for not putting more down on New York’s shiny new QB, but they’ll have another chance this week when the G-men take on the 0-3 Washington Redskins at Met Life Stadium. Let’s look at some prime prop bets for two squads desperate for a win, and (thanks to injuries/age) likely to air it out big time in Week 4.
Game Pick: I see the giants winning this game. And if they don’t win it will probably have come down to a field goal. Even though Daniel Jones will likely put up big yardage through the air, the giants will have no real threat in the backfield. Saquon Barkley is out several weeks with a high ankle sprain, leaving the giants with Wayne Gallman as their primary ball carrier. Plus 55.5 points is just a lot for a division game featuring Case Keenum.
I’m leaning towards a 6.5 point teaser with the Giants getting 4 and under 55.5 points. ($110 to win $100 @ Sugarhouse)
Top 5 Prop Bets for Redskins vs Giants
Top Prop #1 Daniel Jones to get 300+ Passing Yards
Jones’ final numbers against the Bucs are impressive for any QB – let alone a rookie making his starter debut. Mr. “Dimes” threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 28 yards and two more scores, and won the game 32-31. Those ground game stats not only showcase the rookie’s mobility, but his willingness to put his body in harm’s way for a big play.
True, that willingness came at the price of taking five sacks (four of them from LB Shaquil Barrett), but he emerged healthy enough to start Week 4 at home against the winless Washington Redskins. More importantly, though, is the context that Jones brought the Giants back from 18 points down after losing star RB Saquon Barkley to a right ankle injury (a high sprain that’s expected to have a 4-8 week recovery time).
Coming off a game where he supplied both TE Evan Engram and WR Sterling Shepard with 100+ yard receiving lines, and minus his top rushing threat, sports books are expecting more of the same against the ‘Skins. Regardless, it’s clear this kid likes to throw, and can hit his talented receivers with accuracy. So, another 300-yard effort should be in the cards for Week 4.
Top Prop #2 Evan Engram to get 100+ Receiving Yards
With the dual threat of Barkley’s rushing/receiving sidelined for the foreseeable future, Jones will depend on his star TE, Engram for offensive production through the air. As long as WR Shepard remains healthy, opponents defensive attention will be split, allowing Engram to thrive. After surpassing 100 yards in two of three games to start this season, expect another triple-digit result against the lowly ‘Skins secondary.
Top Prop #3 Paul Richardson to get 75+ Receiving Yards
The most dangerous offensive weapon for Washington QB Case Keenum thus far in 2019 has been rookie WR Terry McLaurin. However, last week’s loss to the Chicago Bears saw the emergence of a veteran complementary threat. No, not the aging and well-in-decline Adrian Peterson, who topped out at 37 rushing yards last week on 12 attempts. Rather, it was sixth-year WR Paul Richardson, who hauled in eight receptions for 83 yards.
With the Giants a bit beat up on defense (including LBs Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis), Richardson is in a prime spot rip off at least another 75 yards receiving against Big Blue.
Top Prop #4 There will be 6-7 Total Touchdowns in the Game
Since both teams QBs will look to sling it out on Sunday, this game will have a decent amount of scoring. Through three weeks, the Giants have taken part in games with 7, 6, and 7 total touchdowns. For the Redskins, those numbers play out to 7, 7, and 6. With that kind of total-TD consistency, I have confidence that New York and Washington will finish Week 4 within that familiar 6-7 range.
Top Prop #5 The Giants to score 31-40 points
Despite the absence of Barkley, New York’s comeback against Tampa Bay showed their offense can be downright dangerous with the right matchup — and this week, that matchup is the Redskins secondary. Jones is ready to run and throw as much as possible to save the Giants season, and both Engram and Shepard are healthy and primed for strong follow-ups to their Week 3 performances. New York is more than motivated to surpass 30 points on Sunday.
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