- The Washington Football Team has gone from an opening line of -5 points to -3.5 points in their Thursday Night Football game against the New York Giants.
- Back-up QB Taylor Heinicke is expected to start for the WFT after Ryan Fitzpatrick was placed on the IR with a right hip subluxation.
- Washington had dropped to third in some NFC East odds boards with the Eagles taking second spot behind the Cowboys.
The Washington Football Team will have a chance to redeem themselves after an opening day loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Washington will make the quick turnaround by playing in the first Week 2 game on Thursday against the New York Giants.
But the WFT will have to do it without starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and with a shorter betting spread.
The spread betting line opened at -5 via the best NFL betting sites in favor of Washington but has dropped to 3.5 after the confirmation of Fitzpatrick’s injury on Monday. FoxBet, Caesars Sportsbook, PointsBet, BetRivers and Bet365 also have their spread odds listed at 3.5. On the other hand, FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetMGM even have a smaller spread at 3-points.
It’s Heinicke Time
WFT is placing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve today due to the hip injury he suffered vs. the Chargers, per source. WFT QB Taylor Heinicke is expected to start Thursday night vs. the Giants. pic.twitter.com/UDBgnGnMy6
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 13, 2021
Fitzpatrick left Sunday’s game with a hip injury and has been diagnosed with right hip subluxation. He has been placed on the IR for at least three weeks and in his absence, back-up Taylor Heinicke is expected to be Thursday’s starter. Heinicke did a good job filling in for Fitzpatrick on Sunday as he completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards with one touchdowns.
Heinicke played in a total of three games for Washington last season. His lone start came during the playoffs when they faced the eventual Super Bowl winners Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Overall, his 2020 stats include 565 passing yards with 3 touchdowns and one interception while completing 62.8% of his passes Heinicke’s last regular season start goes all the way back to December 23, 2018 so despite his popularity, you can understand why the best NFL betting sites have taken 1.5 points off the opening spread.
Washington closed as a -1.5 points and -133 moneyline favorites in their opening game against the L.A. Chargers. Los Angeles won the game outright 20-16, after scoring on a go-ahead 3-yard TD pass from Justin Herbert following a fumble by Antonio Gibson at the Washington 5-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Now Washington needs a win over the Giants to keep pace in the NFC East odds boards.
NFC East Odds
Odds to win the NFC East:
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) August 31, 2021
Washington opened with the second-best odds to win the NFC East at +320, with the Dallas Cowboys favored to take away the division title at +105 via the BetOnline App. The WFT closed the gap just one week before the season at +185 against Dallas’ +160 but after Dallas covered the betting spread by taking the Bucs to the limit, Philadelphia winning on opening day, and Washington upset by the Chargers, the NFC East odds have been shaken up.
Dallas is still the +135 odds on favorite to win the division at BetMGM while the Eagles have taken second spot at +250. Washington has dopped to third at +360. At FanDuel, the Cowboys are listed at +115 while the Eagles and Washington Football team are tied at +340. Washington is still second at PointsBet (+275) and Bet365 (+260) but Philadelphia is closing in at both sportsbooks at +300 and +275, respectively.
Washington was the most popular NFC East bet at BetMGM with the highest number of betting tickets at 34% and nearly half of the total betting handle for the market at 46%. However, with Fitzpatrick out indefinitely, the landscape could change. Unless of course Taylor Heinicke is the guy Washington has been looking for all along. We’ll find out on Thursday night.