NFL odds Week 7: Giants favored by almost a touchdown vs. Redskins

Patrick Smith

The 4-2 New York Giants could cough up their early NFC East lead to the 3-3 Washington Redskins Sunday as they try to move above .500 on the season. The Giants are between 5.5-and 6-point favorites in the matchup.

Oddsmakers don't think Robert Griffin III will be able to pull out another win for the Washington Redskins Sunday, making the Giants decently sized favorites heading into the divisional matchup.

The spread opened with the Giants as seven-point favorites, but has since come down in favor of the Redskins, with books putting the Redskins as either 5.5- or 6-point underdogs. The Redskins have been underdogs in their last three matchups, , but they've won two of those games. The teams are likely to hit the over, which opened at 48.5. Both teams are averaging exactly 29.7 points per game, while the high-powered Redskins offense has hit the over in five of six games on the year.

The Giants have started to look more and more like the team that won the Super Bowl last season in recent weeks, completely dominating an NFC Championship rematch with the San Francisco 49ers in a 26-3 win last weekend. They forced Alex Smith to throw three picks, which is one more than Griffin has thrown in his entire six-game NFL career. Ahmad Bradshaw busted out his second 100-yard game after going for 200 against the Cincinnati Browns. However, the Giants are only 4-2 after losing their first two games against NFC East squads.

On the other hand, Griffin led his team to their most convincing win yet, toppling the previously 4-1 Minnesota Vikings behind the rookie quarterback's first 100-yard passing, 100-yard rushing game. The Redskins had a habit of making things close in their early matchups -- all of their first five games were decided by a touchdown or less, win or loss -- but against Minnesota, they scored 24 unanswered between the second and third quarters to win by 12.

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