Since its inception in 1970, Monday Night Football has had great games, good games, weird games, and ho-hum games. Through it all, MNF has become an institution that’s as much a celebration of America’s love affair with pro football as it is an individual game.
That love affair will be tested next Monday when the disappointing Seahawks Seahawks travel to Washington D.C. to meet the struggling Washington Football Team.
There are still several interesting items that will be on display in this primetime matchup on Nov. 29.
The Seahawks have lost five of six after starting the season 2-2. This is the worst record for a Seattle team after 10 games since Pete Carroll came on as head coach in 2010.
The Washington Football Team started the season 2-2, then dropped four straight. But after its bye week, the team has won its last two games, including a surprising victory against the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As of now, the betting odds have this game is nearly a pick ‘em. The WFT is listed as a 1-point favorite by FanDuel Virginia Sportsbook. The Seahawks are listed at -102 on the moneyline. Here are the rest of the betting odds for Monday’s game.
Washington Football Team Vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Odds
|DraftKings||Washington -1.5 (-105)|
Seattle +1.5 (-115)
|Over 47 (-105)
Under 47 (-115)
|BetMGM||Washington -1.5 (-110)|
Seattle +1.5 (-110)
|Over 46.5 (-105)
Under 46.5 (-115)
|Caesars||Washington -1 (-110)|
Seattle +1 (-110)
|Over 46.5 (-105)
Under 46.5 (-115)
|BetRivers||Washington -0.5 (-109)|
Seattle +0.5 (-112)
|Over 46 (-113)
Under 46 (-108)
Monday Night Football Records
Seattle has the best record in history in Monday Night Football games. The Seahawks are 28-11 entering their game next week against Washington. Washington has a 31-46 record in Monday Night games.
Who Is Taylor Heinicke?
Washington QB Taylor Heinicke is hot. He tossed for three touchdowns last week in a 27-21 win over Carolina, which had the best pass defense in the NFL entering that game. The victory was sweet for coach Ron Rivera, who was making his return to Carolina where he used to roam the sidelines as head coach for the Panthers.
But Rivera is less worried about revenge than he is about the inspired play of his QB, who was also experiencing a homecoming. The Panthers are one of his many former teams. Heinicke has only 10 starts in his NFL career, but he’s on pace for 3,500+ yards this season, and he has Washington clicking offensively.
Seahawks Offense Sputtering
Seattle doesn’t commit a lot of penalties for many yards, and it gives the ball away less than any team in the NFL. Per usual, Carroll’s defense ranks in the top 10 in preventing points. The Seahawks had some bad luck, losing two games in overtime, and another on a last-second field goal.
The real story behind sluggish Seattle is a terrible special teams performance and an offense that can’t convert in the red zone. If you can’t win special teams, it’s tough to defeat your opponent because they get better field position. And on offense, QB Russell Wilson has been on the field for only seven games and thrown for just 10 TDs after passing for a career-best 40 touchdowns in 2020.
According to Quarter4, this game is not as close as the line indicates. Washington has a 59% chance to win.
There’s no reason to think Heinicke will slow down after two consecutive good games for Washington. Expect WFT to spank Carroll and the Seahawks and win their third straight game. Also, bet over 46.5 points. Heinicke has four TDs with zero interceptions during this win streak, so take a look at receivers Terry McLaurin and Ricky Seals-Jones to score the game’s first TD.