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Week 4’s installment of Thursday Night Football features a pivotal NFC East matchup in our nation’s capital between the 1-2 New York Giants and the 1-2 Washington Redskins.
The winner will notch its first division win and even its record at 2-2, while the loser will spend at least the next 10 days in the NFC East basement.
So who has the advantage? It depends on your viewpoint.
History tells us that the road team is at a clear disadvantage on a short week. Since 2006, visiting teams win just 36.4 percent of the time on Thursday night, according to The Hoya’s Michael Ippolito. So far in 2014, road teams have been outscored 118-36 on Thursday night.
The Giants are riding high after last week’s 30-17 win over the Houston Texans, but having to travel on a condensed work week could be a momentum killer.
Then there are injuries for the home team. After last Sunday’s 37-34 slugfest loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins’ injury report on Wednesday included 17 players. Is three days enough time to recuperate for another divisional opponent?
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