“Thursday Night Football” in Week 3 features an important NFC East matchup between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. It’s still early in the NFL season, but a victory for either team could be very important, considering they play in a division that’s seemingly up for grabs.
New York is 0-2 after losing two very winnable games to start the season, and Washington beat the St. Louis Rams on Sunday to improve their record to 1-1. The Giants are favored at home, and the point spread indicates that oddsmakers believe New York is the better team.
Both games played on Thursday night this season have been decided by seven points. New England won at home in Week 1, and Denver picked up a road win in Week 2.
Preston Parker has been one of the most highly criticized Giants through two games, having recorded just 42 yards on 12 targets, dropping as many passes as his five catches. After his abysmal start, New York has released Parker, leaving the team with just four healthy wide receivers for Thursday’s game. Victor Cruz might be ready to make his season debut in Week 4, but he’s been ruled out against the Redskins. Rookie wide out Geremy Davis could see more playing time, having recorded just one catch in the first two games.
In addition to Cruz being ruled out, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie won’t play against Washington. He suffered a concussion in Week 2 after being forced to sit earlier in the game with a burner. Left tackle Ereck Flowers is doubtful with an ankle injury, and defensive end Robert Ayers is questionable with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Jon Beason sat the first two games and he missed 12 games last year, but it’s likely that he’ll make his season debut on Thursday.
While New York is getting back their top linebacker, Washington could be without one of their starting linebackers. Perry Riley Jr. suffered a calf injury last week, and he was unable to practice on Tuesday. Riley has been part of the NFL’s top defense through two games, allowing a league-low 469 total yards. Only the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers have allowed fewer points than Washington.
DeSean Jackson won’t play because of a hamstring injury, and it will be a few games before he can return to action. Only four teams have thrown for fewer yards than the Redskins, who have relied on their rushing attack. Tight end Jordan Reed leads the team with 145 yards, and none of Washington’s wide receivers have reached the century mark. The Giants have the worst passing defense in the NFL, and they allowed Julio Jones to catch 13 passes for 135 yards in Week 2.
The game starts at 8:25 p.m. ET, and both CBS and the NFL Network have the broadcast.
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