Two teams headed in different directions meet in Green Bay on Sunday. The Washington Football Team has lost two straight to fall to 2-4 in the NFC East, while the Packers are riding a five-game winning streak, matching the best record in the conference. For your NFL pick, read my prediction below!
Washington Football Team vs. Green Bay Packers
Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 01:00 PM EDT at Lambeau Field
Under owner Dan Snyder, the Washington Football Team is used to having some off-field controversy swirling around the team. It’s been the steady-state for the Football Team over the past several years.
This season has been no different. Washington has been at the center of an investigation that, last week, resulted in Raiders coach Jon Gruden stepping down after offensive emails he sent—including several to Washington Football Team executives, were made public.
The emails surfaced as part of an investigation into working conditions in Washington, following claims of sexual harassment by a number of former female employees of WFT. Gruden was collateral damage on the other coast, but the real hammer could eventually fall in D.C.
The news comes at a time that Washington isn’t doing much on the field to deflect attention away from the troubling allegations. The Football Team’s fast start is now appearing to be more fool’s gold than a true turnaround.
Washington’s two wins came against the 1-5 Giants and the 2-3 Falcons—two teams shaping up to be among the league’s worst. Against their other four foes, with a combined good-not-great 14-8 record, Washington has lost by a combined 55 points, including double-digit losses the last two weeks to the Saints and Chiefs.
Washington led at the half on Sunday, before the Chiefs rallied to win by 18. The defense collapsed against a Kansas City offense that has struggled at times this season, while the Washington offense couldn’t muster a sustained attack in the second half.
None of Washington’s offensive drives after halftime lasted longer than seven plays, and quarterback Taylor Heinicke was hesitant to throw downfield, settling for short, safe passes that didn’t move the team. Heinicke’s average completed pass flew just 1.7 yards in the air on Sunday.
Washington is down a couple of starting offensive linemen, and top receiver Terry McLaurin was playing on a bad hamstring, but still, the WFT needs to at least attempt the deep ball, especially against a Chiefs defense that has been far from elite this season.
Injuries Put Damper on Win Streak
The Packers won their fifth straight game, beating rival Chicago for the 22nd time in 27 games under starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In the most recent win, Rodgers rushed for a touchdown to clinch the 10-point win, then taunted Chicago fans by shouting, “I own you. I still own you.”
Now he’ll face one of the few teams he hasn’t owned in his Hall of Fame career. Washington is one of two teams Rodgers has faced at least five times and doesn’t have a winning record against. Tampa Bay is the other. He’s just 2-3 in the regular season against Washington and will be looking to even his record against WFT this week.
He may be doing it short-handed, as Green Bay had several contributors go down in the Chicago game.
Most notable for Rodgers is center Josh Myers, who hurt his knee four snaps into the game and is likely going to miss the next couple games. Lucas Patrick filled in, although the team might get back David Bakhtiari this week. He’s eligible to return from the PUP list and could fill in at center if necessary.
The team also lost linebacker Preston Smith, who suffered an oblique injury. Safety Darnell Savage also suffered a concussion, leaving Green Bay down in two areas where there isn’t much depth.
For BMR's best sportsbooks, even with Green Bay hit by injuries, the Packers are in a much better position at the NFL odds than the reeling Washington Football Team. Look for Rodgers to have his way with the WFT defense and for Heinicke to continue to struggle against winning teams.
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