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Washington Football Team vs. Denver Broncos Predictions, Odds, Picks

Oct. 31, 2021
Joe Williams
VI Betting Expert
VegasInsider.com

The Washington Football Team (2-5) hit the road for Empower Field at Mile High to meet the Denver Broncos (3-4) for a Week 8 AFC-NFC matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET and the game can be viewed on FOX.

Score Prediction

Broncos 23, WFT 15

Best Bets

Under

Broncos -3

Washington Football Team vs. Denver Broncos Predictions

The Broncos opened the season 3-0 SU/ATS, including a shutout of the New York Jets back in Week 3. But Denver has hit the skids with an 0-4 SU/ATS losing streak, including a 17-14 loss at Cleveland last Thursday against backup QB Case Keenum and third-string RB D’Ernest Johnson.

The Washington Football Team also enter on a losing streak, dropping each of the past three outings, while also going 0-3 ATS. Something’s gotta give in this one, and the venue is likely to be the difference maker.

WFT is 1-2 SU/ATS on the road this season, with the defense allowing 32.3 PPG in this away games. Washington is 0-3 SU/ATS in three games against AFC foes this season, too. That bodes well for the home side as well.

Washington Football Team vs. Denver Broncos Betting Odds

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Washington Football Team vs. Denver Broncos Betting Resources

  • Matchup: NFC East vs. AFC West
  • Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
  • Venue: Empower Field at Mile High Stadium
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • TV-Time: FOX - 4:25 p.m. ET



Washington Football Team Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 2-5
  • ATS: 1-6
  • O/U: 4-3
  • ATS - Home: 0-4
  • ATS - Away: 1-2

Washington has struggled mightily on defense, allowing 406.0 total yards per game to rank 29 th , while ranking dead-last in passing yards per game allowed (300.6) and 30.0 PPG allowed. Washington’s best attribute on defense is its ability to stop the run, allowing just 105.4 yards per game. That’s good news against a two-headed rushing attack.

Washington has some injury concerns to watch heading into the weekend which could really make a big difference. WRs Terry McLaurin (ankle) and Curtis Samuel (groin) are question marks, while RB Antonio Gibson (shin) is also dinged up heading in. To make matters worse, TE Ricky Seal-Jones (quadriceps) has been a bright spot, but he is also nicked.

WFT is 1-6 ATS in the past seven games overall, while going 0-4 ATS in the past four as an underdog.

Denver Broncos Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 3-4
  • ATS: 3-4
  • O/U: 2-5
  • ATS - Home: 1-2
  • ATS - Away: 2-2

The Broncos enter a lot more healthier than Washington, and that is going to be extremely helpful in snapping this four-game losing streak. And while Washington could be missing some key parts on offense, Denver is a strong defense which should shut the door.

Denver has allowed just 323.4 total yards per game to rank fifth in the NFL, while ranking fourth with just 18.1 PPG. The Broncos allow 224.1 passing yards per game to rank 10th , and they’re eighth in the league with 99.3 rushing yards per game allowed. They’ll slam the door on the patchwork offense of Washington.

The Broncos offense has had some issues, but being at home will help. RBs Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams have evenly split the load, and both have been fairly effective. Expect them to do the heavy lifting, much to the pleasure of UNDER bettors. A running team means a running clock, and lower scores.

Inside the Stats - Washington Football Team

  • Record: 2-5
  • Division Standing: 2nd - NFC East
  • Points Scored: 146
  • Points Allowed: 210
  • PS/G: 20.9 (22nd)
  • PA/G: 30 (32nd)

Inside the Stats - Denver Broncos

  • Record: 3-4
  • Division Standing: 3rd - AFC West
  • Points Scored: 140
  • Points Allowed: 127
  • PS/G: 20 (24th)
  • PA/G: 18.1 (4th)

Key Players to Watch

  • WFT: Taylor Heinicke - QB (151/235, 1,658 yards, 10 TD, 7 INT)
  • WFT: Antonio Gibson - RB (103 carries, 408 yards, 3 TD)
  • DEN: Teddy Bridgewater - QB (162/231, 1,701 yards, 12 TD, 5 INT)
  • DEN: Courtland Sutton - WR (38 catches, 539 yards, 2 TD)

Washington Football Team vs. Denver Broncos Betting Conclusion

It’s all about health, and having a full cadre of weapons. Denver will have them this weekend, and Washington is likely to be shorthanded. Washington has averaged just 11.5 PPG across the past two games against the struggling Kansas City Chiefs at home, and the Green Bay Packers on the road. Defensively, Washington has allowed 24 or more points in six straight games, and those struggles might continue here.

I like the rushing attack of the Broncos. I am not necessarily sold on QB Teddy Bridgewater being a difference maker, and he and QB Taylor Heinicke is a bit of a wash. But Gordon and Williams will not give the Washington defense many downs off, and the duo will wear down the D for a much-needed victory.

Washington Football Team vs. Denver Broncos Betting Trends

  • Washington has lost seven straight games when playing as the underdog.
  • Washington has failed to cover the spread in six of its last seven games.
  • Washington has gone UNDER the point total in four straight games when facing the AFC West.


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