Washington Football Team Betting Preview, Week 1 Odds & Schedule
The Washington Football Team is coming off a topsy-turvy season that was filled with more plot twists than a Shakespearean tragedy, from Ron Rivera’s cancer diagnosis to controversy surrounding the team name and a quarterback carrousel that saw four different quarterbacks merrily trundle along and take turns as the offensive pivot only to meet with mixed reviews. Often, it was impossible to tell whether the Football Team was coming or going, so inconsistent and haphazard was their form and play over the course of the season. And yet, with an overarching storyline of complete and utter chaos among their NFC East neighbours providing a running subplot, somehow, and against the NFL odds, the Football Team emerged as the leading protagonists in the race to the NFC East crown.
Tale told, WFT did ultimately clinch the divisional crown in the final week of the season and so, punched their playoff ticket. It marked Washington’s first playoff appearance since 2015; not to mention, Washington also became only the fifth team in NFL history to win a division title with a losing record. In other words, it was hardly cause for pom-pom celebrations in the nation’s capital and their ensuing swift exit in the postseason (l. to Tampa Bay 31-23 in the wildcard round) only confirmed it.
Being the best of a pretty bad bunch isn’t enough to set up a team among the league’s contenders in the following season. That is evident nowhere more so than in in SBLVI markets. Across numerous market operators, the WFT are found hobnobbing with the league’s longshot bets for SBLVI. Washington Super Bowl odds are pegged at +5000 while to win the NFC at +2500.
Elsewhere though, the prognosis is mixed. On one hand, Washington is tipped as the second best bet in the NFC East at +230, after America’s favourite team, the Dallas Cowboys, who are priced as the top bet at +150. This market outlook clearly suggests WFT could be a team to contend with. On the other hand, odds to make the playoffs though are incredibly discouraging with the YES bet priced at +135 and the NO bet priced at -175. So, which is it?
Washington Football Team Super Bowl odds and other futures markets 2021
- Odds to win Super Bowl: +5000
- To win NFC: +2500
- To win NFC East: +230
- To Make Playoffs: Yes +135/ No -175
- Season Win total: 8.5 OVER (-120)/UNDER (+100)
Washington Football Team Super Bowl Odds
The Washington Football Team are the reigning NFC East champions but the incomprehensible feat was backed by a 7-9-0 record. Let’s face it, the NFC East was a total disaster, with every team in the division seemingly doing everything NOT to win, including Washington at times. Thus, it’s fair to say, Washington’s NFC East title is more of an indictment of the division, than it is an endorsement of the franchise. Hence, WFT’s Super Bowl Odds are long with every reputable sportsbook.
WFT winning Super Bowl 56 – and the NFC for that matter – is a pipedream that only the most ardent, diehard Washington fan would entertain. Those not having a Washington DC zip code aren’t going to be tickling Washington’s Super Bowl odds or NFC odds, no matter how tempting this market is.
|Super Bowl Odds||Implied Probability|
|Washington Football Team||+5000||2%|
Washington Football Team Division Odds
Where WFT is in with a reasonable shot is the NFC East again. Here, they’re the second favourites in the betting because a) Washington made savvy offseason moves and b) there’s a niggling feeling the NFC East could once again prove to be one of the weakest divisions in the league.
Washington wouldn’t be the titleholders had the NFC East been stronger and better last season, certainly not with the offensive issues they were experiencing all season long. They did what they did because of an elite defense, led by the inspiring play of rookie Chase Young and Kendall Fuller. And yet, WFT’s defense and special teams have only gotten better during the offseason while the offense has seen key additions that should bring stability and consistency to their game. If all three facets of the game find the right synergy, a second NFC East title may yet come – watch this space.
Ron Rivera will be looking to build on last season’s “success” in his second year. Towards that end, he’s made some sound moves in the offseason and addressed several pressing needs – save for the quarterback position however. That pivotal role is, for the time being, going to be serviced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was chucked to the wayside by the Miami Dolphins in favour of Tua Tagovailoa.
Fitzpatrick might be a placeholder for the future franchise quarterback – whoever that may be – but he’s going to quicken the offense’s pulse in the meantime, which at times looked lifeless last season. He’s fondly known as ‘The Beard’ and loved by teammates and fans for his special brand of football – ‘Fitzmagic’, which encompasses heroic moments, along with his general exuberance, flamboyance and undisguised love for the game.
Washington added WR Curtis Samuel from the Carolina Panthers to bolster the offense. Samuel is coming off a standout year and joins former Ohio State teammate Terry McLaurin and rookie Dyami Brown to give Fitz a nice selection of offensive weapons. They also selected OT Samuel Cosmi and TE John Bates. Equally, Rivera took time to bolster the defense that he’s building around Chase Young by adding draftees LB Jamin Davis and CB Benjamin St-Juste, as well as free agent William Jackson III, and LT Charles Leno Jr.
|Team||NFC East Ods||Implied Probability|
|Washington Football Team||+230||30.3%|
|New York Giants||+450||18.2%|
Washington Football Team Win Total
Washington’s projected season win total is set to a modest 8.5 wins, which is 1.5 wins more than they accomplished last term. Interestingly, the OVER is robustly favoured at -120 while the UNDER is set to EVEN money.
Odds makers have raised the bar across the board in order to accommodate the extended NFL schedule that features 17 games for the first time. Nonetheless, favouring the OVER looks like a conspicuous nod to the WFT offseason improvements, implying those could take the team in the right direction.
By the stats, Washington went 7-9-0 SU and 9-7-0 ATS with a 0.4 winning margin on average. The total went 5-11-0. How relevant these stats are in 2021 remains to be seen. The main protagonists on the defense are returning this season, but the offense is going to be a lot different. If the Fitzpatrick-inspired offense can put points on the board with more consistency than its predecessor did, the Football team may well crack 8.5 wins after all. Put it this way, this defense is going to be tough to beat. Question is: can the offense be trusted?
|Year||Regular Season Wins|
Washington Football Team Schedule & Odds
According to NFL Strength of Schedule (SOS) rankings, Washington has the 15th toughest schedule in the league. That’s one thing that augurs well for WFT in the divisional race.
Moreover, it’s quite favourable on both sides of a week 9 bye. Washington kicks off with two home games followed by two away games and this pattern (2 H and 2A) continues through to week 9. The toughest matchups in the first half of the season include the Bills, Chiefs and Packers. After the bye week, things get really interesting in the second half of the season. Apart from the Buccaneers (WK 10) and Seahawks (WK12), the WFT will see no other 2020 playoff teams in the remaining seven games and five are against divisional opponents.
To look at the schedule now, it’s actually winnable. Perhaps, more so than the odds give credit. [Insert dramatic shiver]. Could Washington actually surprise again?
|5||vs. New Orleans||OTB||OTB|
|6||vs. Kansas City||OTB||OTB|
|7||@ Green Bay||+6.5||47.5|
|10||vs. Tampa Bay||OTB||OTB|
|13||@ Las Vegas||OTB||OTB|