When the Washington Football Team started the season, the defense was supposed to lead the way. The offense has playmakers with upside, but the defense led by Chase Young was supposed to help the WFT win football games. Unfortunately, that defense just gave up 43 points to the Buffalo Bills in Week 3.
The collapse of the WFT defense puts the pressure squarely on the offense to help the team win. Luckily for Washington, they have an exciting matchup coming up against the struggling Falcons. NFL betting lines show the WFT as one-and-a-half point favorites.
If Antonio Gibson, Logan Thomas, and Terry McLaurin can continue playing at a high level, the offense should be able to get it going. Read on to learn what Washington’s offense needs to do next week to give the team a chance.
The Washington Football Team Needs To Lean on Antonio Gibson
Antonio Gibson only caught one pass on Sunday against Buffalo, but he turned that catch into a 73-yard touchdown. Gibson only has six receptions through three games, and he’ll need to see the ball more in upcoming games if this Washington offense is to see any success.
Gibson couldn’t get much going on the ground against Buffalo, totaling only 31 yards on 12 attempts. If the WFT defense continues giving up points, the offense may find itself in a lot of pass-heavy game scripts. Ron Rivera and the WFT coaching staff will have to find ways to get Gibson the ball through the air if they can’t use him on the ground.
Don’t Judge Taylor Heinicke on His Week 3 Performance
Taylor Heinicke wasn’t a disaster on Sunday, but he did throw two interceptions. However, this was Heinicke’s first NFL start on the road, and I expect him to improve moving forward. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t coming back from his hip injury any time soon, so Heinicke doesn’t have to worry about losing the starting job.
On Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, I expect Heinicke to perform as well as he did against the Giants in Week 2 when he threw for 336 yards and completed 73% of his passes. When Heinicke can find his top receiving weapon, Terry McLaurin, he can be successful. This was apparent in Week 2 when McLaurin caught 11 passes and a touchdown.
The pressure is on for Heinicke and the WFT to get it going against Atlanta this week because their upcoming schedule is brutal. They’ll face the Saints, Chiefs, Packers, Broncos, and Buccaneers in the weeks following their matchup against Atlanta.
Washington’s Offense Looks To Improve in Week 4
While the Washington defense is one of the biggest disappointments of the 2021 season so far, the offense doesn’t have to be. Washington has enough playmakers around Heinicke to give him a chance to find success.
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