The New York Giants host NFC East rival Washington at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Giants enter this matchup with the Commanders as the underdog in the Week 13 betting odds.
As the NFL pushes into the cold December stretch of the 2022 season, playoff races throughout the league continue to heat up. Teams like the New York Giants hope to regain the positive momentum from earlier in the year, while squads like the Washington Commanders look to build on their recent run. The Giants enter as underdogs against the Commanders in the Week 13 betting odds.
The Giants (7-4, 8-3 ATS) dropped their Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas, and have lost three of their last four overall. This stands as a pivotal game for their playoff odds as they host the surging Washington Commanders (7-5, 7-4-1 ATS) at MetLife Stadium. The G-Men hold a slim half-game lead on Washington in the NFC East standings. This is the first of two matchups between these clubs over the next three weeks.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this NFC East showdown between the Giants and Commanders.
Best Betting Odds for Giants vs Commanders
The opening lines for this contest set the Commanders as the betting favorite despite being the road team. Home underdogs have performed very well this season, posting a 40-29-3 (58 percent) mark against the spread so far.
The 40.5 Point Total for this contest stands as the second-lowest total for Week 13. That’s no surprise considering both of these defenses stand among the better units in the league. Over the last five matchups between these clubs at MetLife stadium, the average combined points scored is 31.2.
NFL Week 13 Preview: New York Giants vs Washington Commanders
While it’s rare that division rivals meet for the first time in a season all the way in Week 13, that’s the case here for this contest. Perhaps stranger, however, is the mirrored opposite seasons these squads are having. The Giants started 6-1, only go 1-3 after that. The Commanders, meanwhile, started 1-4, before their current 6-1 stretch.
Injuries along the offensive line have short-circuited New York’s solid start to the season. Saquon Barkley has not found the same running lanes of late that were there earlier this season. Barkley managed just 39 rushing yards on Thanksgiving, and have been held to 53 yards or fewer in three of the last four games overall. He faces a Commanders defense that ranks eighth against the run, allowing just 108.5 rushing yards-per-game.
That said, there’s a good chance the Giants look a lot healthier for this matchup than they did last week.
A quarterback change in Washington helped jumpstart their season. After going 2-4 with Carson Wentz under center, the Commanders have reeled off five wins over their last six games with Taylor Heinicke taking snaps. He’s competed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,169 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Heinicke’s 2-0 in his career versus the Giants, including a monster game in 2021 where he went 34-of-46 for 336 yards and two scores.
New York’s defense has been solid against the pass this season, allowing just 190.8 passing yards-per-game at home. The Giants have struggled to defend the run, however, surrendering 157.2 rushing yards-per-game at MetLife.
Betting Trends Affect Giants, Commanders Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Giants and Commanders. The road team have covered in each of the last five games in this series. The Giants see a 5-2 mark against the spread in the last seven games against Washington.
Washington enters this one 4-0-1 against the spread and 4-1 outright in its last five games. The Commanders also have a 4-1 mark against the spread in their last five road games. New York sports a 4-0 mark against the spread in their last four games following an outright loss.
The Under is 18-4 in the last 22 meetings between these clubs in New York, including in each of the last five. The Under has hit in four of Washington’s last five games overall and in four of the Commanders six road games this season. For the Giants, the Under has hit in four of their six home games