Washington is just 5-16 straight up and 8-12-1 against the spread in their last 21 games against the New York Giants. With a win over the Giants at home on Sunday and no tie in the Green Bay at Detroit game on Sunday night, Washington would advance into the playoffs.
Washington is a 7-point favorite at FedExField at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Since going 0-5 SU and ATS in their previous five games against the Giants, Washington is 2-0 SU and ATS in the last two games in this head-to-head series.
Washington took care of business last Saturday on the road against the Chicago Bears and got the help they needed from around the league to re-take control of their own destiny. The 41-21 win brought Washington’s record to 8-4-1 SU and 10-3 ATS over the team’s last 13 games. Washington’s defense has been suspect all season, but it came up big with five interceptions in last week’s blowout win.
The Bengals saw it, felt it. Pittsburgh took full advantage of Dalton’s loss. They added pressure with their offense (8 of 14 in third-down efficiency) and turned their defensive pressure loose on McCarron.
People in Cincinnati are going to chat now about taking the pressure off McCarron and how everyone else has to do more. About just letting him grow and be comfortable and be himself. Maybe manage things.
But the truth is the Bengals need McCarron to step forward and play a big-time version of quarterback in the season’s most critical stretch. There is no pixie dust that can obscure that.
McCarron knows it.
“If you don’t, you’re doomed,” McCarron said of quarterbacks believing in themselves. “I believe you need to carry that confidence as a quarterback when you step inside those white lines. It’s a nasty and dirty game. If you lose confidence, it can go bad for you real quick. We made some mistakes today and I’ll learn from them. I’ll be up here early in the morning learning from them and I will do whatever I have to do to lead this team and get the job done. Like I said, I promise to God, I will work my tail off and be ready to go.”
He said he told his Bengals teammates that. Promised them that.
No matter how spicy, chippy, grimy, nasty and dirty it gets.