The Washington Football Team (2-4 SU, 1-5 ATS) makes the trek to Lambeau Field to take aim at the Green Bay Packers (5-1 SU, 5-1 ATS). Both teams lost their season openers but have taken off in completely different directions since. The Packers appear to be racing toward another division title while the Football Team is still trying to find its form after completing a third of the season. A variety of opening Washington vs Packers betting odds could be found at online sportsbooks, and they all painted a bleak picture for Washington..
|Spread||WAS +7||WAS +10||WAS +9.5|
|Money Line||WAS +250||WAS +348||WAS +350|
Less Than Advertised
Nobody will bat an eyelash at a team serving up 31 points to the Kansas City Chiefs, which is what Washington did last week.
However, Washington has surrendered points in bunches to just about everyone they’ve faced. It held the Los Angeles Chargers to 20 points in its best defensive performance of the season. Unfortunately for the Football Team, it mustered 16 points of its own.
It is worth noting that Washington has faced a number of quality offenses. The Buffalo Bills are one of the most explosive offenses in the game, and the New Orleans Saints are top 10 in points per game. Washington allowed 43 and 33 points in those games. It beat the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants but allowed 30 and 29 points. The victories were certainly welcome, but the lack of defense against less capable offenses served as a concerning trend.
Don’t Look Now
The Football Team will not enjoy any relief this week against Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to a No. 5 ranking in offensive DVOA. They have also averaged 28.5 points per game after scoring three points in their Week 1 no-show.
All of the consternation over the Packers’ 38-3 shellacking at the hands of the Saints in Jacksonville almost feels silly. Not only have the Packers won each game since, but they are currently riding a five-game cover streak.
A Week 8 Thursday night spot against the Arizona Cardinals awaits Green Bay. It’s a matchup that figures to generate some buzz. Professional athletes are expected to subscribe to the “one game at a time” philosophy, but they are human after all. Given the way these two teams are performing at the moment, it may take a lapse in focus from Green Bay to provide Washington with any type of opening to exploit.
Considerations For Washington Vs Packers Betting Odds
Sure, anything could happen on Sunday, and it’s why they play the game. But all signs point to Washington being overmatched.
While opening spreads ranged from the key number of 7 up to 10, most shops are dealing Washington at +9.5 as of Tuesday afternoon. DraftKings was one of the books moving the Football Team from +7 to +10.
FanDuel isn’t afraid to adjust the juice on its lines. Like many of its online counterparts, FanDuel has posted the spread at 9.5. However, they’ve added some juice to Washington (-105). Washington has received 7 points and 6.5 points on separate occasions and they failed to cover each time.
It is a hefty number at 9.5, but the Football Team hasn’t shown enough for a bettor to be confident in its ability to keep this contest competitive.
Are you feeling lucky, bold, or reckless? Money line odds on the Football Team are as long as +360 at Caesars.