What a ride it’s been for the Washington Football Team; a new name, a new team president, a new head coach, and a new chapter was in store for 2020. However, reports of malfunction and abuse have littered their season and owner Dan Snyder, leading them to a 7-9 season finish. Thanks to a horrid NFC East, 7-9 was just good enough for the Football Team to secure a berth in the NFC Playoffs. Washington was the one that didn’t belong in the NFC Playoffs and were treated as such– they were eliminated in the first round despite an inspired day from Taylor Heinicke.
Now, it’s onto the offseason where the Football Team is poised to lose several veterans. Linebacker Thomas Davis announced his retirement following their loss and longtime Washington players Ryan Kerrigan and Brandon Scherrif are looming free agents. While this offseason might be a mass exodus of the familiar players in burgundy and gold, there’s young pieces like Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin that put them in a good place moving forward.
The defensive front is also mostly here to stay, led by rookie Chase Young and sophomore Montez Sweat. For the first time in forever, the future may be bright in DC.
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Washington was eliminated in the Wild Card round of the NFC Playoffs by Tampa Bay.
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The Washington Football Team clinched the NFC East in Week 17.
Washington Football Team schedule and odds
|Week 1||Sunday, Sept. 13||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Philadelphia||Eagles -6.5|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 20||4:05 p.m. ET||at Arizona||Cardinals -6.5|
|Week 3||Sunday, Sept. 27||1:00 p.m. ET||at Cleveland||Browns -9|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 4||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Baltimore||Ravens -13|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 11||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. LA Rams||Rams -7|
|Week 6||Sunday, Oct. 18||1:00 p.m. ET||at NY Giants||Giants -6|
|Week 7||Sunday, Oct. 25||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Dallas||Cowboys -8.5|
|Week 8||Sunday, Nov. 1||BYE|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 8||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. NY Giants||Giants -2.5|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 15||1:00 p.m. ET||at Detroit||Lions -5|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 22||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Cincinnati||Washington -1.5|
|Week 12||Thursday, Nov. 26||4:30 p.m. ET||at Dallas||Cowboys -12.5|
|Week 13||Sunday, Dec. 6||1:00 p.m. ET||at Pittsburgh||Steelers -10.5|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 13||4:25 p.m. ET||at San Francisco||49ers -15.5|
|Week 15||Sunday, Dec. 20||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Seattle||Seahawks -8.5|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 27||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Carolina||Panthers -0.5|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 3||1:00 p.m. ET||at Philadelphia||N/A|
How to bet on Washington
A moneyline bet is defined as a wager on which team will win a game outright, regardless of margin of victory. An example of a moneyline bet would be as follows: Say Washington and the Cowboys are facing off at FedEx Field, with the home team carrying moneyline odds of +140 and the visitors’ moneyline odds sitting at -140. A bettor placing a wager on a Washington upset would therefore cash $140 for every $100 wagered if Washington prevailed. Conversely, one placing a bet on the favored Cowboys notching a victory would get back $100 for every $140 they risked if Dallas came through.
A point spread in an NFL game is defined as the predicted minimum margin of victory for the favored team. Therefore, a point-spread wager on a favored team is successful when that team wins by more than the point spread at the time the bet was placed. Conversely, a point-spread wager on an underdog team is successful when that team either loses by less than the point spread at the time the bet was placed, or when it wins the game outright. As is the case with moneyline bets, a point spread bet has specific payout odds for either outcome.
An example of point-spread bet would be as follows: Washington is underdogs to the Eagles by 10 points, and that bet pays out at a rate of +175 if successful. Meanwhile, the favored Eagles are -160 to cover that spread. Washington goes on to lose to Philadelphia by a 28-21 score, a margin of seven points. Consequently, bettors who placed a wager on Washington to pull the upset will get back $175 dollars for every $100 they wagered.
A totals bet is one of the more straightforward wagers available at regulated sportsbooks. In this type of bet, oddsmakers set a number for the total number of points that will be scored by both teams by the end of a game. Bettors can place a wager on whether the final score will either exceed or fall short of that total. As with moneyline and point-spread bets, a totals bet has specific payout odds for either outcome, although they’re very often set at -110.
An example of a totals bet would be as follows: A Washington-Giants matchup is assigned a projected total of 44 points by oddsmakers. Ultimately, Washington prevails by a 27-20 score, a combined total of 47. Therefore, a bettor who placed a wager on the Over will head to the pay window and collect $100 for every $110 wagered.
A prop bet is one that’s based on a statistical benchmark set by oddsmakers on either a team or individual-player level. As with totals wagers, bettors can put their money on either the Over or Under hitting. As with other types of wagers already discussed, a prop bet has specific payout odds for either outcome, although they’re often set at -110.
An example of a player-based prop bet would be as follows: Oddsmakers set the projected amount of 2020 receiving yards by McLaurin at 1,100 yards. Both the Over and Under wagers carry odds of -110. McLaurin proceeds to improve on his rookie performance and finishes the season with 1,160 receiving yards. Bettors who placed a wager on the Over will win $100 for every $110 risked.
Futures bets are those placed on events or contingencies that do not yet have a final outcome/result. For the NFL, futures bets are available throughout the offseason, and those that can only be settled at or past the conclusion of the regular season are typically available on an in-season basis as well, although the odds are moved throughout depending on how the campaign is unfolding.
There are a wide variety of futures wagers available at any given time. During the offseason, wagers centered on team outcomes – such as Super Bowl winner, conference winner and division winner – are particularly prevalent. Futures on projected regular-season team win totals are also popular. Player-level prop bets can fall under the umbrella of futures wagers as well when placed in the offseason or preseason.
Teaser wagers are a slightly more sophisticated type of bet, as they allow the bettor to manipulate the point spread a certain amount in either direction. Teaser bets involve two or more sporting events, and each sporting event in the teaser must have a successful outcome for the teaser bet to pay off. Teaser bets can be based on both point spread and totals. In an NFL teaser, a bettor can manipulate a spread in either direction by between four and 10 points, and a projected total by 6, 6.5 or 7 points. Odds vary depending on the amount of the movement chosen.
Washington Football Team 2019 in review
2019 Regular-Season ATS: 6-10 (37.5 percent)
2019 Over/Under: 8-8 (50.0 percent)
Washington has developed a well-earned reputation of usually being at least a step behind their division rivals during the majority of Daniel Snyder’s ownership. That was never more evident than 2019, when Washington finished dead last in the NFC East and gave their perpetual coaching carousel yet another spin. Jay Gruden didn’t even make it through the end of the campaign, with Bill Callahan taking over as interim coach after a Week 5 loss to the Patriots. Washington did squeak out a one-point road win over the Dolphins the following week but went 2-8 the rest of the way.
Although 15th overall pick Dwayne Haskins had seen his first NFL action in Week 4 against the Giants, Callahan first inserted the rookie into a game in his capacity as head coach in Week 8 versus the Vikings. The Ohio State product would go on to start the next seven games before missing the regular-season finale against the Cowboys with an ankle injury. After some uneven performances early, Haskins produced a 5:1 TD:INT over his final three starts, which came against the Packers, Eagles and Giants.
Haskins wasn’t the only young skill-position player to offer reason for optimism in what was a largely disappointing season. Fellow rookie Terry McLaurin racked up 919 receiving yards on an impressive 15.8 yards per grab and also recorded seven touchdown catches despite missing two games. Meanwhile, Derrius Guice, who’d seen his entire rookie 2018 campaign wiped out by a torn ACL, was at least able to get in his first five games of action as a pro, a stretch that as highlighted by a 10-carry, 129-yard effort versus the Panthers in Week 13. A torn meniscus and an MCL sprain did cost him 11 games, however, so Guice will need to prove he’s capable of remaining upright for a full season before he can be deemed the future of the team’s ground attack.
After the season, Snyder wasted little time in bringing yet another big-name head coach on board in the hopes the long-suffering franchise can be turned around. Ron Rivera, ironically dumped by the Panthers following the aforementioned Week 13 debacle against Washington, signed a five-year contract in early January.
Washington 2020 off-season moves
Key trade (acquisition): Kyle Allen, QB (from CAR)
Key re-signings: Brandon Scherff, G (franchise tag)
Key free agent losses: Ereck Flowers, OG (to MIA); Case Keenum, QB (to CLE); Josh Norman, CB (to BUF); Chris Thompson, RB (to JAC)
Key free agent signings: Kendall Fuller, CB (from KC); Peyton Barber, RB (from TAM); Thomas Davis, LB (from LAC); J.D. McKissic, RB (from DET); Ronald Darby, CB (from PHI)
Key draft picks: Chase Young, DE (1st round); Antonio Gibson, WR (2nd round)
After plenty of rumblings about Rivera using the No. 2 overall pick to grab his own potential franchise quarterback instead of settling for Haskins, Washington went the safe route with Young, who has the talent to be a game-changing force immediately on the defensive line. The addition of a familiar face in Fuller and a former division rival in Darby could also give the inconsistent secondary an immediate boost. Gibson could also find himself in a prominent role quickly, considering Washington’s need for a true No. 2 option alongside Terry McLaurin. Notably, the addition of Allen is even more intriguing now that the team passed over the quarterback position in the draft – irrespective of what might be said publicly, Allen is only 24 years old, has NFL starting experience, and perhaps most importantly, has a favorable history with Rivera.