Daniel Jones and a banged-up Giants offense faces the Taylor Heinicke-led Washington Football Team, and we’re bringing you our two top props for tonight.
We went 2-0 in last week’s TNF game, on our way to a 6-1 record on article plays in Week 1.
As a reminder: These two plays are considered leans, meaning you should play these bets at no more than 0.5 units (or 0.5% of your total betting bankroll).
TNF Props for Tonight (9/16)
Taylor Heinicke Under 1.5 TDs (-145 @ DraftKings)
What was supposed to be a high-flying YOLO Washington offense led by Ryan Fitzpatrick lasted just more than one quarter on Sunday after the 38-year-old QB hurt his hip, giving way to Heinicke, who threw for 122 yards and a score in a home loss to the Chargers.
Heinicke’s short resume – before Sunday, his only other regular-season appearance for Washington was in mop-up duty in Week 16 last year after Dwayne Haskins was benched, and his only full start was in a playoff loss to Tampa Bay in January’s Wild Card round – makes him a difficult study. However, in all three of his Washington appearances, he passed for exactly 1 TD.
As a team, Washington had only 16 passing TDs last season.
Washington notched more than 1 TD pass in only four games last season, or 25 percent of its games.
The Giants’ defense gave up 22 passing TDs last season, less than 1.5 per game. Moreover, we expect Washington to play more conservatively with Heinicke under center.
Oddsmakers have also pegged the points total for this one at 40.5, currently the lowest total on this week’s slate, so we’re not anticipating much scoring, another factor working in our favor.
J.D. McKissic Under 17.5 Receiving Yards (-113 @ FanDuel)
Again, the game splits that have McKissic playing alongside Heinicke are exceedingly minimal, so we have to put together pieces of the puzzle for this one.
In roughly 2.5 quarters with Heinicke last Sunday, McKissic had no targets, while he had one from Fitzpatrick. In his only full game with Heinicke, McKissic had two catches for eight yards on three targets.
With lead RB Antonio Gibson reportedly a full-go for Thursday (he left briefly in Week 1 with a shoulder injury), combined with the scaling back of McKissic’s involvement compared to last season and the inexperienced Heinicke at QB, we feel comfortable that McKissic’s passing-game participation should be minimal.
With oddsmakers setting such a low point total, we like going with the unders tonight. We’d play Heinicke U1.5 TDs to -150 and would play McKissic’s receiving prop down to 15.5 yards.