NFL Washington Football Team
In their first season as the “Washington Football Team,” Ron Rivera’s team improved on their 3-13 record the year prior, finishing 7-9, which was good enough to clinch the lowly NFC East. Defensive end Chase Young was named Defensive Rookie of the Year, and quarterback Alex Smith was awarded Comeback Player of the Year.
Washington was eliminated by Tampa Bay in the Wild Card Round but has a lot to look forward to this season, led by a defense that ranked second in the NFL in allowed yards in 2020-2021.
If you placed a bet on Washington last season, they went 9-5-2 against the spread. On over/unders, Washington only covered the over four times.
Washington boosted their front seven even more in the offseason, drafting linebacker Jamin Davis out of Kentucky in the first round. They also added safety Bobby McCain but lost long-time edge rusher, Ryan Kerrigan, to the divisional rival Eagles. Kerrigan is Washington’s franchise leader in sacks and was drafted by D.C.’s team in 2011. Cornerback Ronald Darby also signed with the Broncos in free agency.
Offensively, Alex Smith was released in March, as a new veteran QB will be in charge. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is set to be the Football Team’s starter and started seven games for Miami last season before rookie Tua Tagovailoa took over. Fitzpatrick is notorious for being a gunslinger that can get hot but is also prone to his fair share of interceptions.
Offensively for Fitzpatrick, Washington will have better protection this time around, as they acquired both guard Ereck Flowers and left tackle Charles Leno Jr. Second-year running back, Antonio Gibson will be the starter in the backfield, and Terry McLaurin Jr. will continue to be the number one wide receiver on the depth chart. Receivers Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries also agreed to deals with Washington. Samuel will be reunited with Ron Rivera after spending three seasons with him in Carolina.
Action 247 Sportsbook has the Washington Football Team’s betting over/under for wins this season set at 8.5. Washington is +275 to win the East this season and is listed at +4900 to win Super Bowl 56.
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