- Struggling Seahawks visit surging Washington Football Team on MNF
- Monday Betting Record: 0-1 ML; 3-6 ATS; 2-1 O/U; -3.96 units
- Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction
The Washington Football Team (4-6) is still very much alive and kicking in both the playoff picture and the NFC East division chase.
A win Monday against the struggling Seahawks (3-7) would all but sink Seattle’s dwindling playoff hopes, and inch Russell Wilson to the first losing season of his career.
It makes for a meaningful game for both sides as they close out Week 12 from FedEx Field. The game kicks off at 8:15pm ET and can be seen live on ESPN.
Washington is a 1-point home favorite in this one.
Seahawks vs Football Team Odds
|Seattle Seahawks||-110||+1 (+100)||O 46.5 (-115)|
|Washington Football Team||-110||-1 (-120)||U 46.5 (-105)|
Odds as of Nov 28th at DraftKings.
Washington With Back-to-Back Wins
How quickly things can swing in the NFL: Washington was 2-6 and facing the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They played arguably their best game of the year, taking it 29-19, then followed it up last week with a 27-21 win in Carolina.
— NFL (@NFL) November 14, 2021
Suddenly, the Football Team is in the mix as a playoff contender. At 4-6, they trail the Dallas Cowboys by two games in the NFC East, but they have two games with Dallas. They also have two games to go with the Eagles and one still with the New York Giants. Take care of business, and Washington could be in business.
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke has been playing well as of late — he’s the starter now that WFT shut down Ryan Fitzpatrick, who suffered a hip injury in the opening quarter of the season.
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) November 21, 2021
Against the Panthers, he was 16-for-22 for 206 yards and three TD’s, a week after going 26-for-32 for 256 yards and a TD in a win over the Bucs.
He’s been helped along by a better running attack. Antonio Gibson ran for a pair of touchdowns and 64 yards against the Bucs, and he followed that up with 95 yards on 19 totes to help sink Carolina.
Seahawks in Offensive Funk
The Seattle offense have been a horror story the last two games, posting just one touchdown while also getting shut out by the Green Bay Packers.
#Packers Adrian Amos is one of the most reliable safeties in the game. That interception was simply beautiful.
— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) November 15, 2021
The worst part was both losses have come with Russell Wilson back and starting after a gruesome finger injury. They’ve looked terrible as a unit, and it starts at QB. Over the last two games, Wilson is completing just 51% of his passes for 368 yards, zero TD passes and two picks.
He’s also been sacked seven times, and the Seahawks’ offensive line has leaked with whoever is under center: they’ve surrendered 33 sacks on the year, the third most in the NFL.
Chandler Jones has never played a game for the Seahawks, but is now 10th all-time in sacks at Lumen Field… pic.twitter.com/mW68uep6i7
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 21, 2021
Seattle is also limping into this one, as offensive linemen Damien Lewis (elbow) and Jamarco Jones (back), have been ruled out Monday. Running backs Rahsaad Penny (hamstring) and running back Travis Homer (calf) will also be sidelined.
If there’s ever been a time for Wilson to find his groove, this may be it. The Seahawks will be going up against a suspect Washington pass defense, who surrender 270 yards a game, which ranks 28th, and have sacked QB’s just 20 times on the year, which ranks 25th.
Seattle vs Washington: What to Look For
The Seahawks have not been able to sustain drives, and that’s led to their defense consistently being on the field.
Last time out against Arizona, they were only 2-for-10 on third down conversions. It’s been a recurring theme, as they’re third-worst in the league on that down. It’s played a big part in the ‘Hawks losing the time of possession battle, as teams have had the ball against their defense for an average of 35 minutes.
Speaking of that defense, they’ve been bad too, as they allowed backup Colt McCoy to light them on fire in a 23-13 loss last time out.
Colt McCoy went OFF today against the Seahawks: 35-44, 328 passing yards and 2 passing TDs. pic.twitter.com/HY3TXKBEt0
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) November 22, 2021
Can Washington crack their MNF curse? The last time they won under the Monday night lights was in 2012, when Robert Griffin III was their starter.
Seattle’s constant battle to run the football may take a backseat in this one: Washington is one of seven teams to allow less than 100 yards rushing per game.
Seahawks vs Football Team Pick
Washington is 3-7 ATS on the year, and 1-4 ATS at home, but Seattle is just 2-3 on the road, and they were shut out last time against the Packers. However, the ‘Hawks are 2-1 ATS as a road underdog.
Look for Washington to establish their 10th-best run attack against a Seattle D surrendering 122.2 yards per game, which should allow Heinicke to get his on play action, against a pass defense that surrenders nearly 280 yards a game.
Pick: Football Team ML (1 unit to win 0.91 units )