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NFL expert Derrik Klassen is back with three ways that you can win big on Monday Night Football this week between the Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks.

3 Ways To Win Big On Monday Night Football: Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks

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Alternate Spread: Washington Football Team -6.5 (+210)

Washington enters this game as a one-point home favorite. That’s one of the weakest favorites you will be able to find anywhere this week. The slight favorite is probably decided by home-field advantage more than anything. That being said, there is reason to believe Washington could cover by a whole lot more than one point.

To be blunt; the Seahawks are not a good football team right now. Since the return of Russell Wilson to the lineup, the Seahawks have been one of the worst offenses in football. Wilson’s finger is clearly not healthy, which has forced Seattle to abandon under-center snaps entirely and work exclusively out of shotgun and pistol formations. He just can not take under-center snaps with his busted finger right now. Not only does that hurt the offense’s overall flexibility, but it takes away one of Wilson’s biggest strengths: play-action shots down the field from under-center formations.

In turn, the Seahawks have scored 13 points over their past two games, all of which came last week against the Cardinals. The Seahawks shut them out the week before. Seattle’s offense is a completely defunct operation until proven otherwise.

On the other end, Washington has been a feisty team over the past few weeks on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Taylor Heinicke has been playing the best ball of his career as of late and will now face a Seattle defense ranked 25th in pass defense DVOA. The defense is also somewhat figuring itself out, both through the use of three-safety looks and some improved success with the pass-rushers up front.

Two-Leg Parlay (+300)

Washington QB Taylor Heinicke, 20+ Rushing Yards

Taylor Heinicke can scoot. Like all great backups, Heinicke is a scrambling savant and has just enough juice to make defenses pay for letting him outside of the pocket. It’s not often that Heinicke will rip off one 50-yard run the way some of the best athletes at the position can, but Heinicke is the kind of dude with just enough instincts, toughness, and athleticism to constantly rip off four to ten-yard gains with his legs on broken plays. In nine starts this season, Heinicke has cleared 20 yards rushing five times.

Seeing as the Seahawks pass-rush is not very good, there should be plenty of chances in this game for Heinicke to exhaust all of his passing options and fall back on his ability to scramble without being under major pressure.

Seahawks RB Alex Collins, Under 44.5 Rushing Yards

Washington has not done a whole lot well throughout the season, but they’ve been able to defend the run. Washington currently ranks 11th in run defense DVOA even after Cam Newton got the best of them last week. Moreover, that Newton performance and Daniel Jones’ Week 2 showing were the only instances in which Washington’s defense allowed a positive rushing DVOA (bad for the defense) this season. So it’s clearly been quarterbacks that have given them issues, not running backs.

As for Seattle’s angle on this, they probably can not run their offense the way they want to. With some of Wilson’s issues operating under center right now, that probably means they will not be able to run the ball as often or as effectively unless they really lean into being a spread-to-run team this week. I have a hard time believing that will be the case, which is why I’m okay banking on Alex Collins not getting too many chances in this one (and likely being held in check when he does get his chances).

Washington WR JD McKissic, First TD Scorer (+1600)

Truthfully, JD McKissic is a “nothing” player to me. McKissic’s opportunities in this offense come as more a result of a lack of overall talent than him being a special player.

That being said, the ways in which McKissic is used are primed to beat this Seattle defense. The Seahawks defense is disjointed right now, and their second-level players are not playing nearly as well as their reputation suggests, particularly Bobby Wagner. So with as much as Washington likes to use McKissic as a jet motion and screen guy, those plays could very well take advantage of some of the Seahawks’ underwhelming play at the second-level and poor edge defenders.

Considering that these plays sometimes work best on an opening script when an offense has repped them all week, it would not be the strangest thing to see McKissic punch in the first score.

Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks Picks

  • Alternate Spread: WFT -6.5 (+210)
  • 2-Leg Parlay (+300) - Taylor Heinicke 20+ Rushing Yards & Alex Collins Under 44.5 Rushing Yards
  • JD McKissic, First TD Scorer (+1600)

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You've seen his breakdowns and football analysis on Twitter and elsewhere. Now, Derrik Klassen brings his unmatched knowledge of the game to OddsChecker to give us his NFL picks each and every week.

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