Both of these teams are underperforming this year. Everyone thought that Seattle and Washington would both be competing for a chance to win their division. Instead, Washington sits three games behind Dallas, and Seattle sits six games behind Los Angeles. With six games left in the season, both of these teams are competing to keep their jobs. They have not gotten eliminated from the playoffs, but the likeness that they make them is low. Both coaches have been successful in the past, and that means their job is safe. Players are going to determine this game. Let us review this battle of the bottom feeders.
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- Opening Lines: Seattle -2.5, Total 46.5
- Current Lines: Washington -1, Total 46.5
- Last Game: December 20, 2020, Seattle 20-15
- Winning Streak: Seattle (1)
Washington was counting on Ryan Fitzpatrick to play this year until they had a quarterback that they thought was ready. With his injury, Taylor Heinicke has stepped in as the starting quarterback and been underwhelming. He has a 48,6 QBR, which is 21st in the NFL. Heinicke has thrown nine picks, and that is part of the reason that Washington is averaging 21 points per game. The other reason is the lack of a wide receiver. Besides Terry McLaurin, the next leading wide receiver has 255 yards. The offense is not the only thing that has struggled this year. Defensively, Washington is allowing 27 points per game, and the reason is the secondary. Washington’s secondary is giving up 280 yards per game. Going up against eight-time pro bowl Russell Wilson will cause issues for Washington’s defense.
Russell Wilson getting hurt is the primary reason this team is 3-7. The Seahawks rely on Wilson for their offense. Before he got hurt, the Seahawks were 3-4 and leading the game against the Rams. Since Wilson has come back, they played two good football teams in the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers. This game is going to come down to players and talent. The Seahawks have the more talented roster. They have the better quarterback and two great wide receivers. Defensively, both of these football teams are bad. This game is going to depend on which offense secures the football and finds the endzone. The Seahawks have the better offense in this matchup.
The Seahawks are the better team with Russell Wilson. He is a dynamic quarterback that can win the game. He has shown us multiple times that he doesn’t need anyone around him to win games. This year he has two of the best wide receivers in the league to help him out. Bettors are getting value on Wilson being out and Washington coming off two straight wins. That is why Washington started as the underdog in this game, and now Seattle is the underdog. The value is on this play, and if the line moves to Washington by three points, bettors can take the field goal for a cushion if they would like. The best bet is one with betting value, and this game has that.
Pick: Seattle Seahawks Moneyline (-105)
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