The Washington Football Team is riding a three-game winning streak into Las Vegas for Week 13. And at 5-6, they are still in a group of teams vying for a Wild Card spot. This week, NFL betting lines have the WFT as a 2.5-point underdog against Las Vegas.
WFT has beaten some good teams, including Tampa Bay, during their current win streak. Keep reading for some insights into WFT’s offense over the past three games.
Washington Football Team’s Up-and-Down Season
Things looked dire when starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went down in Week 2, and WFT went 1-5 after that week. Yet, with a few games under his belt, Taylor Heinicke has turned the team’s scoring fortunes around.
However, all six losses were to teams with winning records. For WFT to be back in the playoff hunt is an incredible feat, and in recent weeks, Taylor Heinicke has become a true leader on offense.
In the last five games, Heinicke has a 72% completion rate, throwing for 7 of his 16 touchdowns against 4 INTs. His most impressive game came against the Super Bowl champions when he completed 81.3% of his passes in the win.
Terry McLaurin and JD McKissic have been factors after Curtis Samuel went down with a groin injury. They have over 1,000 yards and 7 TDs between them, with DeAndre Carter adding three more scores.
Yet, the running game behind Antonio Gibson has also vaulted the WFT offense into the win column. Gibson has 712 yards on 183 carries and 5 TDs. Establishing the run has given Taylor Heinicke time to grow into the offense.
WFT also lost key players at other positions, but they continue to win. Tight end Logan Thomas missed five games due to a hamstring issue. So, Ricky Seals-Jones has filled the void.
Washington’s Offensive Improvements
WFT’s commitment to the running game is why they rank 5th in time of possession. The running game helps keep Heinicke out of third-and-long situations, keeping pressure off of him and limiting his mistakes.
Washington has a 52% conversion rate on 4th down, which is in the lower half of the league. They also have a 39.2% rate on 3rd down, which isn’t great, but they’ve converted 48.9% on third downs in their three recent wins. So, the WFT offense is improving in critical areas.
WFT vs. Raiders (-2.5)
The Washington Football Team comes into Las Vegas holding on to the final Wild Card spot in the NFC.
I believe that Washington will work to establish the run against the league’s 25th-ranked run defense. Yet, the key to this game will be to protect Taylor Heinicke from Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue.
The WFT defense has to find a way to stop the Raiders’ 2nd-ranked passing offense. WFT ranks 30th in pass defense, so their best option is to keep Derek Carr off the field by running the football.
Is Washington a Good Pick for the King of the Weekend Promotion?
The Washington Football Team has had an incredible run against good opponents. But now, they visit a Raiders’ team also in the thick of a playoff drive after beating Dallas. The Raiders will also be rested, as they’ll be ten days removed from their previous game.
I think the WFT streak ends in Week 13 with the Raiders scoring big through the air. I think Washington will put up a fight, however, and could see them scoring 21 against Las Vegas.
How do you see this game playing out? Do you think that Washington can score enough points to keep up with Las Vegas this week?
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