The Washington Football Team are in Las Vegas in Week 13 for an intriguing matchup at Allegiant Stadium. Taylor Heinicke and Washington go into Las Vegas with momentum with three straight wins.
They barely survived on Monday Night Football this past week against the Seattle Seahawks, but earned a hard-fought 17-15 win. Washington lost their kicker to an injury after a blocked extra point was returned for 2 points.
Washington has had kicking problems this season, and an injury to Joey Slye made the situation even more problematic. The extra point return tied the game up at 9-9 instead of a 10-7 lead for Washington going into the break.
Ron Rivera was FIRED UP walking off the field after the Washington win over the Seahawks ?
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 30, 2021
Instead of icing the game with a chip shot field goal to make it a two possession game, they had to go for it because of no kicker. Washington could have gone with their punter, but opted for a 4th down attempt.
That was incomplete after a video review, and Russell Westbrook directed a drive down the field for 6 points. After throwing an interception on the 2-point attempt, the Seahawks recovered an onside kick only to be called back on an illegal formation.
There are two ways to look at that win. Washington survived or they should have not been in that position to begin with if the extra point wasn’t returned and their kicker was injured.
Any way you look at it, Washington is 5-6 and in the playoff race in the NFC. Virginia Tech Hokie, Brian Johnson, was signed to replace the injured Slye. He struggled mightily with extra points in New Orleans at a 62.5% success rate, but is 8 for 8 in his career.
Las Vegas is coming off an impressive 36-33 in overtime over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Derek Carr passed for 373 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers. Hunter Renfrow broke through for 134 yards on 8 receptions.
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They are 6-5 and in the playoff race as well. It’s a wide open race in the AFC, and the Raiders are still in the divisional race believe it or not. The Chiefs lead at 7-4, while the Raiders, Chargers, and Broncos are 6-5. The wildcard race is tight.
Head below for our free Washington vs. Raiders pick on December 5, 2021.
Washington Football Team vs. Las Vegas Raiders Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Washington Football Team||+1.5 (-110)||+100||Over 49.5 (-110)|
|Las Vegas Raiders||-1.5 (-110)||-120||Under 49.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Washington Football Team||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Points Per Game||20.8||23.5|
|Points Against Per Game||25.6||26.8|
|Passing Yards Per Game||224.4||296.5|
|Rushing Yards Per Game||125.5||89.1|
Washington vs. Raiders Prediction:
Washington loves nothing more than to extend drives and suck the life out of their opponent. They were able to execute this game plan to perfection against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers three games back.
Out of any team you wouldn’t believe Washington could pull it off against, Washington did it to perfection and won the ball game by a score of 29-19. Play keep away and don’t give their opponent any chances.
Taylor Heinicke has outdueled some big name QBs during the WFT's 3-game win streak ? pic.twitter.com/Zieee3zn6E
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 30, 2021
They did the same against the Seahawks on Monday night as well. Washington won the time of possession battle and were able to record a 2-point win. Expect the same from Taylor Heinicke and the Washington offense on Sunday.
Washington isn’t the best team in the league for the big play, but they know how to extend drives and keep the ball in their possession.
They are in the top-5 in the NFL with a time of possession of 31:48 minutes per game. In their last three games, Washington has been a stranglehold on the ball with a whopping time of possession at 38:53 minutes.
Washington doesn’t score a whole lot, but the defense has shown a lot of improvement since going on a bye week and returning with a win against the Buccaneers. With their defense working, Washington can employ their ball control offense.
Washington Football Team vs. Las Vegas Raiders Betting Trends:
- 3-7 ATS in their previous ten games
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games as an underdog
- UNDER is 5-1 in their previous six games
- UNDER is 11-2 in their previous 13 games as an underdog
- UNDER is 9-3 in their previous 12 games after covering the spread
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games at Allegiant Stadium
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games as a favorite at Allegiant Stadium
- 1-5 ATS in their previou six games versus a team with a losing record
- 2-4 ATS in their previous six games versus the NFC
- UNDER is 4-2 in their previous six games versus Washington
This game is going to be all about Derek Carr. Washington doesn’t allow much on the ground. They’ve allowed 92.6 rushing yards per game for third in the NFL.
The Las Vegas run game which has only put up 89.1 yards per game, probably isn’t going to find room to run in this one. To make matters worse, they could be without Josh Jacobs who is listed as questionable.
We are certain that tight end Darren Waller is not going to be playing. Waller is doubtful to play on Sunday versus Washington. In other words, he isn’t going to be suiting up for this one.
— theScore (@theScore) December 3, 2021
That’s a huge blow for an offense that runs around Waller. Their deep threat in DeSean Jackson could be absent as well. He missed practice this week with a calf injury and is questionable.
Las Vegas is vulnerable against the run with 125.9 yards allowed per game. They have been solid in the secondary with 234.6 yards allowed per game. Washington will lean on their running backs in this one, which will favor their ball possession strategy again.
I’m not interested in playing the OVER in this spot. Not with a banged up Raiders’ offense on the field against Washongton who likes to keep the ball in their possession for long drives.
The total looks a touch too high for me in this one. I’d look at the UNDER in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium.