Get used to it Washington fans, your generically named NFL team is having a tough time finding its identity. And this week WFT is playing the equally ho-hum Atlanta Falcons in a tough VA sports betting call.
Washington is 1-2 in the NFC East and 0-3 ATS after getting walloped by Buffalo, 43-21 last week. Atlanta is 1-2 in the NFC South and 1-2 ATS after beating the New York Giants, 17-14, and covering the spread. In a quirk of scheduling, Atlanta is playing its third NFC East opponent in the season’s first four games.
QB Matchup for Washington-Atlanta
Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is having a decent year with 707 passing yards, 4 TD passes and 3 interceptions. The standout stat for Virginia online wagering enthusiasts to keep in mind is his 70% completion percentage. The WFT is making do with backup QB Taylor Heinicke. Until last week when WFT was routed by Buffalo, Heinicke looked like he might be able to carry this team.
Heinicke, filling in for the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, is making some understandable mistakes for an inexperienced QB. However, against Atlanta he could provide just enough offensive stability to the Washington defense to win the game – though that well-regarded D was lit up by Buffalo last week.
Washington is a 1.5-point favorite with the BetMGM Sportsbook and Unibet Sportsbook as well as DraftKings Sportsbook. That was a flip from early-on when Atlanta was a 2.5-point favorite.
Prediction: If the Washington defense doesn’t overwhelm Ryan (and it might), he can be the difference-maker for Atlanta. Atlanta 27, Washington 20.