The Washington Football Team (2-5 SU, 1-6 ATS) will try to get back on the winning side of the scoreboard when it travels to Empower Field at Mile High to play the Denver Broncos (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS). Both teams enter the game on losing streaks. Denver has lost its last four, and Washington has lost its last three. Washington’s losses, however, have come at the hands of some of the best teams in the NFL.
Should that give them an edge? Oddsmakers do not seem to think so. Here are this week’s betting odds:
|Washington Football Team vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday 10/31 @ 4:25 pm ET||Best WFT Odds||Best Broncos Odds|
|PointsBet||+3.0 (+107)||Spread||-3.0 (-114)||BetRivers|
|BetMGM||Under 44.5 (-110)||Total||Over 44 (-114)||BetRivers|
Washington Football Team
If fans were hoping to see QB Ryan Fitzpatrick take the field soon for Washington, it does not look like he’ll be coming back in the near future. He is still on crutches six weeks after surgery, which means he is probably still a few more weeks away. So, for now, Taylor Heinecke will continue to run the offense, which is a good and a bad thing.
It’s good because he’s capable of making plays as he did against the Packers when he connected with WR Terry McLaurin on a 40-yard touchdown pass, but it’s bad because he can be mistake-prone like when he missed out on a scoring opportunity in the second half by giving himself up one yard from the end zone.
The more significant issue for Washington is its pass defense. Washington is the only team in the NFL that is giving up over 300 yards passing a game (300.6). After a great year in 2020, nothing about the Washington defense in 2021 has been as good. However, the pass rush had a productive day against the Packers last week. If Washington can replicate that success against Denver, it could be the key to the game.
The Broncos are tied for No. 27 in the league with 21 sacks allowed.
Denver has had some quarterback issues as well, with Teddy Bridgewater playing hurt last week against Cleveland. It took him one half to get warmed up, but once he did, he played well. It will certainly help if he gets WR Jerry Jeudy back this week like expected. Bridgewater could also get RG Brandon Scherff back to beef up the offensive line.
With better protection, the return of the uber-talented Jeudy, and RB Melvin Gordon and RB Javonte Williams catching passes out of the backfield, Bridgewater could have a career day against a struggling Washington defense.
However, the key to winning the game could be how well rookie CB Patrick Surtain matches up against McLaurin. McLaurin is one of the better young receivers in the game. If he and Heinecke can get on the same page early, the Broncos could be in trouble.
The offensive line will need to keep the Washington pass rush at bay as well.
Denver is capable on the offensive side of the ball, but it has struggled with consistency all year. Getting Jeudy back should help, but his return may not matter much if the offensive line cannot give Bridgewater enough time to throw. Should LB Von Miller not play, the Broncos would be missing all four starting linebackers. That could open up the underneath passing game and open running lanes for Heinecke.
Washington has not looked great either, but the competition it has faced has been much more formidable. Playing a struggling team like the Broncos could be just what Washington needs, but based on what we have seen from both teams this season, it is not hard to imagine this being a competitive, low-scoring game decided by a field goal or less.
Because it should be a close game, take Washington and the points.